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For more than 30 years, local geologist Jeri Jones has been teaching about the natural wonders at York County Parks.

Jones will retire this week after taking part in the Friends of the Rail Trail annual picnic at Hanover Junction last weekend.

For his final event at Richard M. Nixon County Park on Sunday, July 30, Jones led a group of six families knee deep into the stream that flows through the park to search for aquatic life.

Before sending the families off into the creek with nets to catch critters, Jones showed illustrations of some of the bugs they might find.

"This is the mayfly," Jones said pointing to an illustration of an adult mayfly. "And this is the kid," he said pointing at the mayfly nymph. 

After sending the families off to different sections of the creek, Jones went one-by-one to see what they were catching. The noted geologist admitted bugs weren't his strong suit but said he enjoyed all aspects of working with the park.

Jones says he plans to go back to work in geology after retiring from the park.

 

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