Friday, January 21, 2011

Del Air Rockhounds Announce Beach Fieldtrip!

Join the Del Air Rockhounds for their annual trip to Gaviota and Refugio Beaches for fossil whalebone!  The fieldtrip will be lead by experienced Trip Guide, Jon Meredith and is scheduled for Saturday, January 29th, 2011.

We will be meeting at Refugio Beach at 10:30, then at Gaviota Beach at 1PM for the 1:30 low tide.

With the weather we've been having, the pickin's should be excellent again this year. After last year's storms, we found close to 500# of bone at Gaviota Beach. So come one, come all, and join us for a family friendly excursion to the beach.

There is a $10 per car fee for the beach (paying at one covers both). Dress in layers, might be cold....and wet....

→  Bring food and beverages, as the markets at the beaches are closed
      this time of year.
→  Bring a bucket or bag for your findings, and small gardening hand tools
      can come in handy. usual - look for the car covered in smiley faces!

Register in advance (appreciated but not required, though signing a waiver will be) by email to Jon at meredith (at)

Photo credits:  Don Ogden, Director, North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

AFMS: Future Rockhounds of America Rock Stars!

Kids participating in the AFMS Future Rockhounds of America program symbolically graduate from “future rockhound” to “full rockhound” status if they complete and earn at least 6 of the 15 individual badges offered within the program. To recognize and reward them for this accomplishment, we award a Rockhound Badge and their names are posted on our Honor Roll within the AFMS web site. 

But some exceptional kids have gone on further, becoming super-achievers by completing all badges offered within the program. For them, we award an enameled AFMS cloisonné pin, and we list them here, as our AFMS/FRA Rock Stars! We congratulate each and every one.

William Childress, Bakersfield Mineral Mites, 11/20/10
Cyndal Shermer, Bakersfield Mineral Mites, 11/20/10

Erica Nathan, Tomoka Gem & Mineral Society Coquina Kids, 11/15/10

Hannah Pearce, Rocky Trails Junior Club, 11/4/10
Christian West, Rocky Trails Junior Club, 11/4/10
Johan West, Rocky Trails Junior Club, 11/4/10