Activities
 

Meetings

Club meetings provide opportunities to meet people, learn about the club, and share stories and ideas about the hobby. Meetings also provide a forum for late-breaking updates on upcoming events that may not be covered in the club newsletter. Guests and prospective members are always welcome.


Field Trips    

For those members interested in rockhounding, field trips are the ticket. A typical trip is a Saturday outing to one of the quarries or mines within a couple of hours of Raleigh. Occasionally the club organizes a longer trip to the far reaches of North Carolina or neighboring states. The provisions you will need for collecting vary by site, but typical items include boots, hardhat, safety glasses, gloves, shovel, rock hammer, pry bar, sledge hammer, chisels, spray bottles of water for cleaning specimens, bags/boxes/newspaper for wrapping specimens, insect repellent, sunscreen, water, and lunch. Field trip plans are usually published in the club newsletter, but check with the organizers for late-breaking updates. Suggestions for field trip destinations are appreciated.

club members at a stone quarry    digging for quartz crystals

club members at a stone quarry

 

digging for limonite


Annual Gem and
Mineral Show

Every spring the club hosts its annual mineral, gem and jewelry show in the Kerr Scott Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Vendors of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry and beads set up their booths at the show. The club organizes exhibits of gem and mineral specimens, demonstrations of lapidary, jewelry and gem tree creating, a geode buying and cutting area and a silent auction area. Club membership information is found in the hospitality booth, which also sells grab bags, rock candy and club T-shirts when available. Of all the club's activities, the show is the most dependent on member volunteers to keep things running smoothly.

lapidary demonstrations at the show    the club's geode cutting booth

lapidary demonstrations at the show

 

the club's geode cutting booth


Community Service  
and Education

A number of activities are oriented toward community service and education. The club coordinates with local museums and university geology departments to foster interest in geology and gemology, through participation in public events as well as through monetary donations to educational programs.

club-sponsored table at a museum event    display of N.C. minerals

club-sponsored table at a museum event

 

display of North Carolina minerals