Starting in January, the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau in partnership with local expert Laura Joki, invite visitors to learn how to scour the beach for fossils, minerals, rocks and gemstones.
Affectionately known as Lincoln City's "Head Dirt Nerd," Joki is excited to bring her passion and experience to the new program. The first Beachcombing Clinic is on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 9am.
"I've been collecting and studying beach fossils and minerals for years, and can't wait to share my knowledge with visitors," says Joki. "The geology of the Oregon Coast is fascinating, each natural treasure found on the beach has a story behind it, dating back millions of years."
After a winter storm on the Oregon Coast, the sand erodes to reveal a treasure trove of discoveries. Fossils in the form of sand dollars, petrified wood and shells are commonly found above the surface. But, "rockhounds" and amateur geologists seek more colorful prizes. Minerals in the form of agates, jasper, labradorite and amber are eagerly sought by budding treasure hunters. These are just a few of the coastal collectibles participants will learn about at the Beachcombing Clinics.
The free clinics are located at the SW 33rd Street beach access in the Nelscott District of Lincoln City. All clinics last approximately two hours and begin with a brief orientation by Joki, followed by a guided beach tour. In addition to learning about local geology participants should prepare for an unforgettable beachcombing adventure. Questions and feedback is encouraged and the best part is taking home your found treasures. Public parking lots are at SW32nd and 35th Street, and also along SW Anchor Avenue. Attendees should plan to arrive 15 minutes early.
Join Us on any of the 2017 Winter Beachcombing Clinic Dates:
Monday, January 2, 2017 at 9am
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10am
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 9am*
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 2pm
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10am*
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 3pm
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 1pm*
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9am
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3pm*
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 4pm
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 1pm*
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2pm
In an effort to accommodate all visitors, the clinic dates marked with * will have extra time devoted to ADA participants. Clinic dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions.
Please check Lincoln City, Oregon Facebook for cancellations or date changes.
Read more about 2017 Beachcombing Clinics in Lincoln City at http://www.oregoncoast.org/beachcombing-clinics-2/ or call 800-452-2151 for more information.