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. http://www.featherriverrocks.org. (530) 321-6331.
Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society; Oroville. This club promotes & encourages all aspects of collecting & studying rocks, minerals & fossils, & the pursuit of all types of lapidary & jewelry art. Monthly meetings & field trips, rock shop for lapidary & silversmithing, classes & lectures. Hosts the Chico Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show every September (see listing above). http://www.featherriverrocks.org. (530) 321-6331.
Paradise Gem & Mineral Club; Paradise. Fun group of rock hounds promoting & advancing the appreciation of rocks & minerals. Meetings & activities nights, annual picnic, annual show & field trips for those interested in the earth sciences, lapidary techniques & general rockhounding.
http://www.paradisegem.org. (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. http://www.shastagemandmineral.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaumer’s Mineral & Mining Museum; Red Bluff. Educational & entertaining for visitors of all ages. Gold mining, fossils, Native American artifacts, rocks, crystals & fluorescent minerals. M-F, 9am-5pm. School tours available. http://www.gaumers.com. 78 Belle Mill Rd. (530) 527-6166.
RocksForKids.com. Canadian-based rockhounding website with good info for kids of all ages. Includes rocks list & pictures. http://www.rocksforkids.com.