El Dorado County


The mission of the El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society is to offer a congenial
and proactive environment in which to study and share interests in rocks, minerals,
earth sciences, and the lapidary arts.
In its endeavor to raise funds to purchase a Facility for its Classes, Shop and Committee Meetings, our Society has set up a Go-Fund-Me account.
Please consider donating to the Fund.  Thank you.   GO-FUND-ME PAGE 

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 Monthly Meetings 

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 About Membership 


   - Application  
  - Renewal

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Activities & Events:

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 Field Trips  

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 Trip Schedule

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 Rock & Gem Show  

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 County Fair Display

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 2021 General Calendar

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California Federation of Mineralogical Societies

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Field Trip Chairmen's Association Inc.

American Lands Access Association (ALAA)



Mailing Address
P. O. Box 950
Placerville, CA 95667

(530) 676 - 2472


Our Next General Membership Meeting  will be held onPie Night Thursday, September 16, starting at 7:00 p.m. **
t's September...and continuing with our annual  tradition...we will be celebrating Pie Night Please bring a pie to share. The society will bring the ice cream!
The evening's contest is "Rock Art Display" - Yard Art or other projects using rocks. Photos are allowed for large yard art.  
Rock Art Contest Rules
 **Note:  Please arrive by 6:45 to set up your Rock Art entry (or photo) and  to vote for your favorite entry.  This would also be the right time to set up your pie to share!   See you there!
General Meetings are held at the American Legions Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville, CA.  (Off Motherlode Drive between El Dorado and Shingle Springs.  From Hwy 50, take Exit #41 - Greenstone Road.     MAP

 Junior Rockhound Program:             

Junior Member Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month except during summer months.  Meetings include presentations and activities.  At our September 21 meeting, we'll explore "Shark Teeth/Fossils."  Sign-up is required.

 Jewelry Arts Classes:

We are presently conducting jewelry arts classes. The number of participants is limited.  Please watch for emails and articles in our newsletter for upcoming project details.  Sign-up is required.

 Lapidary Workshop:        

Lapidary Workshops are held each Wednesday of the month, January thru November from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The number of participants is limited. Please watch for emails and articles in our newsletter for upcoming class details. Sign-up is required.
 Field Trips:
Our members plan and lead field trips to locations in Northern California, Nevada, and adjacent areas. Material includes crystals, various minerals, and rocks. We sponsor day and weekend trips. Occasionally, the trips are longer, especially when traveling out of state.  See our 2021 Field Trip Schedule
 Note: The field trip scheduled for Sept. 21, 2021, to collect quartz crystals at Crystal Peak, Nevada, has been canceled due to the effects of wildfires in the area. Other trips are still sheduled


El Dorado County Fair Association Statement:
"It is with much regret that the
Fair Association Board and Staff has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Fair.
With the fairgrounds being utilized as the base camp for the Caldor Fire, and their departure date still unknown, we felt that hosting a fair during this time of crisis was not in the best interest of the community, many are all still dealing with the trauma and devastation of this fire. In fairness to our Sponsors, Vendors and Stakeholders, canceling it now as opposed to later this month was the only decision for all."
2021 ROCK, GEM & JEWELRY SHOW:  Canceled
As a result of continuing Covid-19 government public health requirements, the El Dorado Mineral and Gem Society has made the difficult decision to cancel the October 2021 show. Current state government test/vaccination requirements for all participants of large indoor events impact both the dealer community and potential attendee turnout. Additionally, El Dorado County Fairgrounds are currently in use as a base camp for the Caldor fire. While progress on containing the Caldor fire is being made, with the unprecedented fire risk in California this year, facility availability for non-disaster events cannot be guaranteed.

This has been a difficult year on all fronts and the cancellation decision was not made lightly. We are looking ahead to holding the show in 2022 and hope that you will be able to join us then.

Library is Open.

Each year, our members set up case exhibits of rocks, gems, handmade jewelry and field trips at our County's Main Library in Placerville. We also provide educational handouts.
It's always a pleasure to show the public what gem clubs like ours are all about.
This year, the exhibits will be on display during the month of September. We hope that you can visit the Library and enjoy the displays. The El Dorado County Library is located at 345 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA
Library Schedule:
   DAY:       Mon   Tue  Wed Thur Fri Sat   Sun
HOURS:  Closed 12 - 7 12 - 7 10 - 5 10 - 5 10 - 5    Closed