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.
SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM:
Society members make presentations to elementary students throughout
Dorado County school district to provide an informative and educational program. The society
also advises students on how they can display their mineral
collections at the El Dorado County Fair.
Contact us to schedule a presentation
at your school, by telephone (530) 676-2472, by
or by mail at El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society, P. O. Box 950, Placerville, CA 95667.
JUNIOR MEMBER PROGRAM:
The El Dorado Mineral and Gem Society has an educational program for younger members. 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 communication. Junior members may also earn badges offered by the
American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS).
From time to time, special rock related field trips are held just for our junior members.
Junior members are also welcome to attend the society’s regular field
trips. A parent or guardian must always accompany the junior member on
field trips, meetings, lapidary workshops, or any other society activity.
Junior Membership & Meetings:
School age children 5 to 17 may join as individual junior members or be included in a Household Membership.
Visitors are welcome to attend a junior meeting to see if the program
would be suitable for their child by sending an RSVP.
After your child becomes a member, you
will receive a monthly notice about the topic of the upcoming junior
Junior Meetings are held monthly on the 2nd
Thursday of the month at 312 Main Street, #202, downtown
Placerville, and occasionally at other sites. Junior meetings begin at
Junior members and family are also welcome to attend the society’s regular general meeting, which is held
on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. General membership meetings
include a presentation of topics about earth sciences, lapidary,
collecting, etc.; and announcements are made about the society's many
activities. General membership meetings are held at the American
Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road (between Highway 50 and Mother Lode
Drive), near El Dorado.
For additional information about Junior Program or to request an application, please visit our
Membership Page or contact us at:
El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society
P.O. Box 950
Placerville, CA 95667
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