Kaatza Station Museum summer student Katie Hedden

Learn about local geology at the Kaatza Station Museum

Months’ worth of rock hunting around the Cowichan Lake area has paid off.
This week, the Kaatza Station Museum is set to unveil a new temporary display of the Cowichan Lake area’s geology.

Months’ worth of rock hunting around the Cowichan Lake area has paid off.

This week, the Kaatza Station Museum is set to unveil a new temporary display of the Cowichan Lake area’s geology.

Finding the rocks was no easy task for the museum’s summer student Katie Hedden, who was busy last week putting the display together.

Although she has various guide maps, rocks sometimes show up where one would least expect them to.

“It’s not always like that,” she said, pointing at the map. “There are always some rocks that will throw you off.”

During her spare time over the past few months, she’s been travelling around the Cowichan Lake area, seeking example rocks for her display.

In addition to teaching people about local geology, an underlying motivation behind the display is to encourage people to go rock hunting themselves.

“If I can access the rocks, then other people can access them too,” Hedden said.

One difficult area to go rock hunting in is the north side of Cowichan Lake, due to the steep mountainside.

The display will have various rock types Hedden has collected, with strings attaching them to a map of the Cowichan Lake area, pointing to where the rock was found.

In September, Hedden plans on returning to Camosun College where she’ll continue her studies in the field of geology.