If you would like to attend a field trip, come to our next meeting to RSVP and get the full details.
June 3-4: Overnight trip to find selenite and aragonite at the Salt Flats in Cherokee, Oklahoma. We will also see the Alabaster Caverns. There will be the opportunity to stay in a motel or to camp overnight.
June 10: A trip to the Missouri Mines Rock Swap in Park Hills, Missouri. We will look for drusy quartz and possibly Missouri banded agates. The swap itself goes from June 9-11 if you want to stay longer and is located at the Missouri Mines Historic Site near St. Joe State Park, 4000 MO-32, Park Hills, Missouri 63601. FREE admission to the show!
Directions: From Missouri 32, get off at Federal Mill Rd and look for the Missouri Mines Historic Site. Google Maps
Saturday, June 17: Day trip to Odell, Nebraska to collect quartz, calcite, and barite (about a 3 hour drive).
A Sunday in August (date not finalized yet): The Association Picnic at Antioch Park in Merriam, Kansas. Bring a side dish or dessert to share and cash to buy something at the auction, which will support the scholarship fund.
Sometime in August: We will go to Buena Vista, CO (Aug. 10-13) or Woodland Park, CO (Aug. 17-20). Or both maybe. We will be mining for smoky quartz and amazonite. Those dates correspond with the shows, as you can see on our Upcoming Shows page.
AUGUST 10-13: BUENA VISTA, CO Annual show; Greg Tunnicliff, Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds 343 US 24, 81211, Near Rodeo Dr. & Gregg Dr. ; Thu. 9-5, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4. FREE Admission! Gemstones, mineral specimens, rough, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools, petrified wood. Web site: http://abqfallshow.wix.com/contintail
AUGUST 17-20: WOODLAND PARK, CO Annual show; Rock Gypsies, Woodland Park Saddle Club grounds 19570 E. US HWY 24; Thu. 9-5, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5. FREE Admission! We have vendors with mineral specimens from all over the world. Many of the specimens are self collected. We also have faceted stones, with the faceter on site to talk to you about his craft if you are interested. Gold, silver, crystals, cabochons, fossils, petrified wood and local minerals can all be found! We have a kids area and lots of free rock for kids. Many of our vendors are artists, creating beautiful custom jewelry that you can’t find anywhere else. You can also talk to them and have them create something just for you. If you don’t get enough, there is another Mineral show just up the road in Lake George Colorado. Web site: woodlandparkrockandgemshow.com
September 9-17: People will be doing various things in the front range of Denver, Colorado and maybe also going to one of the Denver shows. Denver is having 10 different shows in this time period so there is a lot of opportunity. It will probably be related to one of these two below.
Denver show information:
SEPTEMBER 9-17: DENVER, COLORADO Annual show; Eons Expos, Denver Coliseum; 4600 Humboldt Street; Daily 10-6; FREE admission! Public welcomed; Retail and wholesale; 9th Annual Denver Coliseum Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show is doubling in size in 2017. Still on both floors of the Denver Coliseum *and now* all three levels of the adjacent National Western Complex (NWC) + tents behind both historic buildings. (There are plenty of elevators in the NWC). Minerals, fossils, meteorites, beads, jewelry, cabochons, carvings, silver, gold, coins, findings, lapidary, related art, tools, equipment, rough, books, and more. Food trucks outside and cafe food inside. Web site: http://www.coliseumshow.com/
SEPTEMBER 15-17: DENVER, COLORADO Annual show; The Original Denver Gem & Mineral Show, Expo Hall of the Denver Mart; 451 E 58th Ave; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $7, Seniors/Students $5, Children under 13 FREE; Come help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show. It is fun for the whole family. The show theme is Gold and Silver, and we are expecting to have some fabulous educational exhibits. The Denver Gem & Mineral Show is proud to host mineral, gem, fossil, book, and jewelry dealers from across Colorado, the United States, and around the world. Drop in for one of our illustrated talks for a more in-depth look at the worlds of minerals, fossils, meteorites, and gemstones. Our slate of expert speakers share their knowledge on various aspects of the show theme and collecting in general. Web site: http://www.denvershow.org
Sometime in December (date not finalized yet): Christmas Party!