The El Dorado Mineral and Gem Society promotes education about the earth
sciences for all of its members and the public.
The society maintains a library and has presentations at
Society members collect rock and mineral material on
field trips to
identify and share with other members. The club
shares material and information with the public
at the county fair and at the club's Annual Gem Show by through
displays and demonstrations.
The society members make and fill grab bags that contain samples of
rock and minerals collected. Donated proceeds that the club receives from
the bags go into a Scholarship Fund. The club contributes annually
to an Earth Science and Lapidary Arts Scholarship Fund.
See information about the club's Scholarship Program.
The society's members make presentations to elementary students throughout El
Dorado County school district to provide an
informative and educational program.
The society advises students on how they can display their mineral
collections at the county fair.
Contact us to schedule a presentation
at your school, by telephone (530) 676-2472, by
or by mail at P. O. Box 950, Placerville, CA 95667.
The club has an educational program for its younger members. Meetings are
again being held
monthly at the Senior
Center, 937 Spring Street, Placerville.
(See Junior Meeting schedule on the home page.) Members are notified monthly by email or telephone about the upcoming meeting. If you are not already signed up, please contact the program chairperson for further details.
There is usually no junior meeting in July, when all members are encouraged to attend the club's Annual Picnic.
members have the opportunity to work on a merit badge program to become a
"Future Rockhound of America," a program established by the
American Federation of Mineralogical
Meetings include both study and craft activities. The objective of the activities is to help junior members understand collecting, earth resources, rocks and minerals, fossils, lapidary arts, showmanship in displaying collections and communications.
From time to time, special rock identification
field trips are held for our Junior members. Junior members are also
welcome to attend the club's regular field trips.
A parent or guardian must accompany the junior member on field trips. At meetings a parent or guardian must stay at the Senior Center. The adult may help with the Junior Program, do Lapidary machine work or visit with other members.
age 17 and under, can join as individual junior members or can be included
in a household membership. Either way, they are
eligible to participate in the Junior Program.
additional information about Junior Program,
please request information via our
or visit our Membership page to request an application
Become a Future
Rockhound of America
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