A hands-on experience teaches kids about rocks and minerals

The Asheville Museum of Science hosted a scavenger hunt in the Colburn Hall of Minerals on Wednesday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The Asheville Museum of Science hosted a scavenger hunt in the Colburn Hall of Minerals on Wednesday.

Kids from the YMCA were given sheets with different rocks to identify. Then, they were let loose in the hall to track the rocks down. Many of the gemstones and minerals the kids identified can be found right here in the mountains.

The kids enjoyed pointing out rocks, and were excited to find them on their own.

"I like the stones, and I like the pretty shiny stuff," one participant said.

"The funnest part about finding gemstones and rocks is the color of what's inside of them," another said.

The Asheville Museum of Science is still working to complete exhibits and become fully operational. Until its grand opening, the museum is open to the public with a 50 percent discount. The museum hopes to have its grand opening by spring.

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