Geology & Rockhounding

Geology & Rockhounding

Rockhounding, or recreational rock collecting, can happen any time, any place — especially for young kids. But for some extra special treasures, check out these neat venues.



Chico Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show. Fun & educational annual two-day event for kids & families. Enjoy activities such as geode cutting, ring/necklace making & a junior rockhound dig. First 200 kids each day receive a gift. Vendors feature fine jewelry & polished rocks, minerals & fossils. Held the 3rd weekend of September at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. 2357 Fair St. (530) 321-6331.

Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society; Oroville. This club promotes & encourages the pursuit of all types of lapidary & jewelry art, as well as all aspects of collecting & studying rocks, minerals & fossils. Monthly meetings & field trips, rock shop for lapidary & silversmithing, classes & lectures. Hosts the Chico Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show every September (see listing above). (530) 321-6331.

Paradise Gem & Mineral Club. Fun group of rock hounds promoting & advancing the appreciation of rocks & minerals. Meetings & activity nights, annual picnic, annual show & field trips for those interested in the earth sciences, lapidary techniques & general rockhounding. (530) 343-0894.



Shasta Gem & Mineral Society. A nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge of gem, mineral & lapidary arts programs through reading, classes, workshops & field-trips. Includes “Juniors” division for ages 7-17. Make new friends with fellow rock hounds.



Gaumer’s Mineral & Mining Museum; Red Bluff. Educational & entertaining for visitors of all ages. Gold mining, fossils, Native American artifacts, rocks, crystals & fluorescent minerals. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. School tours available. 78 Belle Mill Rd. (530) 527-6166.


ONLINE Canadian-based rockhounding website with good information for kids of all ages. Includes rocks list & pictures.

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Updated: Sep 6, 2017 @ 10:01 pm