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Students and Beginners

Let's Go Rocking!
Rock Crafts for Fun
Crystal Growing
Make Your Own Fossils
Build an Erupting Volcano
Cub Scout Achievements
BSA Geology Merit Badge
Girl Scout Juniors
Girl Scout Seniors

AR Rock Clubs and Shows


What Geologists Do

Careers in Geology

Places To Go

Crater of Diamonds
Tourist Sites to See
Fee Pay Crystal Mines
Locations by County
Field Trips
Lake Ouachita Geofloat
Buffalo River

Famous and Historical Mineral Locations

Magnet Cove
Granite Mountain
Jeffrey Quarry


Arkansas Rock Clubs and Shows

Joining a club has advantages. You meet people who have similar interests. Many clubs have speakers on topics of interest, sponsor a rock show or swap, organize field trips and arrange demonstrations, like lapidary. Some collecting locations are only open to bona fide groups like rock clubs, universities or professional associations.

Cherokee Village/Hardy (North AR)

Spring River Gem & Mineral Club

Meeting Place: Omaha Center, Cherokee Village
Meeting Time: 10 AM; 1st Thurs of each month, March to December

President Paul Grindol, Cherokee Village
Secretary Frances Zebig Cherokee Village
Treasurer Pat Kimball, Cherokee Village
Liaison Mary Kocz, Hardy
Editor Diane McHale, Glencoe
Bulletin The Gem & Rockhounder E-mail

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Hot Springs (Central Arkansas)

Hot Springs Geology Club
P.O. Box 257, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71902
Meeting Place: Arkansas School for Mathmatics and Science, 200 Whittington Avenue, Hot Springs
Meeting Time: Fourth Thursday of each month except June thur Aug. and Dec. 7:00 pm

Primary Contact: Ray Lynch E-Mail: Phone: [501] 416-1612
Federation (Regional) Affiliation: South Central Federation of Mineralogical Societies

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Little Rock (Central Arkansas)

Central Arkansas Gem Mineral and Geology Society

Meeting Place: Terry Library, 2515 Napa valley Drive (off Rodney Parham Rd) Little Rock
Meeting Time: 6:30 PM on the 4th Tuesday of each month, January - November
Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies

President Mike Austen 501-868-4553
Sec/treasure Lenora Murray 870-255-3679

39th Annual Central Arkansas Gem & Mineral Show Oct 12, 2011
Annual Burns Park Swap April 9, 2011

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Mountain Home (North Arkansas)

Ozark Earth Science Club

Mountain Home, AR
Meetings 7 pm, 2nd Tuesday, Van Matre Senior Citizen Center, 1101 Spring St

President: Brenda Johnson, (870) 481-5697,
Bulletin: Ozark Earth Science Gem, Mineral & Fossil Club
Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies


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Siloam Springs (Northwest Arkansas)

Northwest Arkansas Gem & Mineral Society

Meeting Place: Clubhouse on Highway 43 north aprox 1 mile north of Siloam Springs
Meeting Time: Fourth Tueday of each month 7:30 pm

Primary Contact: Connie Mc Garrah E-Mail: Lmcgarrah[at] Phone: [918] 422-5867
Secondary Contact: Wayne Cox E-Mail: Phone: [479] 254-0894
Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Events APRIL
2-3: Northwest Arkansas Gem & Mineral Society Spring Gem & Mineral Show. Siloam Springs Community Center, 110 N. Mt. Olive St. in downtown Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5. Adults $3, students $1, children free. Contact Charlotte Leininger, 479-721-3882, email:

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Murfreesboro (Southwest Arkansas) May 21st and 22nd, 2011

Crater Gem and Mineral Show

May 21st and 22nd, 2011

Crater of Diamonds State Park; 209 State Park Rd.; Sat. 8-4; free admission; gems, minerals, jewelry, diamond search area adults $7, children $4); contact Margi Jenks, 209 State Park Rd., Murfreesboro, AR 71958, (870) 285-3116; e-mail:; Web site:

We are looking for exhibitors for this year's Crater Gem and Mineral Show.  Crater of Diamonds State Park is a destination park, because we are the only place in the world where the public can look for diamonds and keep them.  The Mineral Show is in conjunction with our yearly Propector's Gemboree, which attracts a large crowd. 

The show will run two days, Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd.  Friday night will be for set up from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.  The show will run from 8:30 to 4:30 on both days, and set up can begin as early as 7:30 AM on Saturday, if you make arrangements ahead of time. 

Our booth prices have 3 levels:  Classroom: We will have our classroom available (it was the gift shop last year).  It is air conditioned and secure, and has electricity and phone outlets for credit card machines.  The cost is $50.00 per 6 foot table.  If you are interested in that area, I will send you the classroom layout, so you can choose your location.  Deck: The deck area of the Diamond Discover Center, just outside of the classroom. This was the location for the majority of the show last year, and it will again be available.  We will charge $40.00 per 6 foot table, and some limited electricity will be available, but no phone outlets.  Grassy lawn: For $30.00 per 6 foot table you can have a grassy spot.  We will have a large circus-type tent available in the grassy area next to the sidewalk out to the search area.  We also will have a few spaces on the grass next to the sidewalk coming down from the Visitors Center to the Diamond Discover Center deck.  For these grassy spaces we will have very limited electricity and no phone lines. We hope that you will decide to join us.  We allow two people per exhibit to search for diamonds for free from 4:30 PM to our closing time at 5:00 PM on each of the show days.  To reserve a space or get more information, you can contact me through email or at 870/285-3116.  Booth rental fees will be due by 8:30 AM on Saturday.  Please share this email with your membership, and pass it on to anyone else who might be interested in exhibiting at our show. 
Regards, Margi Jenks

Mount Ida (Southwest Arkansas) October 13, 14, 15 2011

25th Annual World's Championship Quartz Crystal Dig

Participating Mines Pending

Early Bird Special before August 31st, call (870) 867-2723

October 13th, 14th and 15th, 2011 Mount Ida, AR –
Sponsor - Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce
Contact – Director, Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce
Headquarters – Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Hours – Daily 9 to 3
Entry fee required
Win crystal trophies, prizes and $1500.00 in cash.
Dig your own crystals, with four working mines to choose from. Each contestant keeps everything he or she digs. There is a judging each afternoon to see who found the best crystals. Win crystal trophies, prizes and $1500.00 in cash.

Inquire at Mount Ida Chamber Area of Commerce, P.O. Box 6 Mount Ida, AR 71957 or phone 870-867-2723