NPC to host petrified wood seminar, field study

HOLBROOK, Ariz. - Paleobotanist Walt Wright will be sharing techniques for identifying petrified wood during an intensive, two and one-half day seminar and follow-up two-day field study in early October at Northland Pioneer College's Holbrook - Painted Desert Campus Tiponi Community Education Center, 2251 N. Navajo Blvd.

During the seminar, the emphasis will be on the complex and beautiful world of petrified wood. Wright will explain the fossilization process and guide participants in determining age, species, origin and occurrence using simple tools. Samples will be from his extensive collection, or each seminar participant can bring up to three pieces for identification.

The non-credit STC 199-96960 seminar meets Friday from 5-9 p.m.; all-day Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and all-day Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. As a follow-up, Wright will be leading a two-day field study on Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost of the seminar is $100. Meals and lodging are on your own. Beverages and light refreshments will be served during the seminar. NPC will provide transportation to the field study, or participants may use their personal vehicles.

For more information about NPC programs and services, visit or call 800-266-7845.


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