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Laura
 #1 
My family and I are very interested in getting started with this.  It is right up our outdoor alley!  My child is 6 and what kid doesn't like to dig in the dirt.  [smile] I am very confused by how to find and contact different locations/owners and such in Indiana/Illinois.  Could someone help me to not get arrested.   Thank you so much!
Mike Streeter
 #2 
Laura,

For starters, I recommend you check out my advice to new rockhounds web page at http://mcrocks.com/images-2/RockhoundingAdvicePage.html 

I don't believe that NW Indiana is exactly a hot bed for rockhounding, but perhaps you're close enough to Lake Michigan to do some beach combing where ancient glaciers and wave action have provided lots of pretty stones just waiting to be picked up.  Glaciers also dumped rocks that have been mined for gravel, so maybe you can locate a few local gravel pits where you can obtain permission to collect rocks.  This sort of easy rockhounding may be perfect for your 6-year old. 

Good luck!

Mike
Daniel
 #3 
Keokuk is probably 4-6 hours away thats not to far for nice geodes.  Get a tv for the car and 6 year old will love it we did it last summer with my 2 and 8 year old had a great time.  Our drive was much longer (11 hrs) and managed it in a 3 day weekend.

Daniel
Don Peck
 #4 
Laura, I like Mike's suggestions, especially for a 6 year old "pebble pup".  If you are looking for more, pop over to mindat.org and go to the bottom of the home page.  Where it says "Locality", type in Indiana and click on Search.  You will get loads of Indiana mineral localities.  I don't know how many are open to the public, nor how good the collecting is but you will get some leads.  Probably the most important suggestion is to find one or two local collectors, maybe members of a local mineral or lapidary club, and seek their help.  Good luck, keep safe, and have fun.
Steve G
 #5 
Dear Laura;

    As Dan mentioned, Keokuk is quite a ways further than here in your own state; if you pull over off the road, at Harrodsburg (on INSR 37), you'll find PLENTY of geodes, legally, with no problems from anyone. If you still wish a trip & wish to be guided, contact me at least 2 wks before you wish to trip; there are a bounty of places where you can just pick up the geodes, EASILY.

Your friend, Steve
mike
 #6 
You can go around Crawfordsville area lots of good geodes and fossils in that areas, i go there about once a week, there also a gravel pit near rensselaer Indiana thats a fault line and sometimes they will let you hunt on the weekend.
Bob Harman
 #7 
I am replying to this several year old thread because STEVE G had given some BAD ADVICE! And, parenthetically, I almost always agreed with his advice.  
Six year old children have no place at road cuts!   The Harrodsburg road cuts on Indiana rte 37 in southern Monroe County Indiana (that he mentioned) are on a heavily traveled 4 lane divided highway.   The cars whiz by at 65 - 70 mph and lots of semi-trailer trucks in the right lane nearest the collecting areas of the road cuts. Today, more than ever, people are driving while texting, on drugs, or otherwise distracted. All it takes is a small child to carelessly back onto the road edge and a distracted driver to get a bit too close and a tragedy occurs, with the car then speeding away.

HIGHWAY ROAD CUTS ARE NO PLACE FOR CHILDREN LESS THAN ABOUT 11 or 12 years old!

I agree with MIKE S's suggestion of going to the lake shore and starting out picking up colorful pebbles and cobbles. Very easy to find, satisfying small children and quite safe at the same time.    BOB 
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