The Nittany Lion looks out from a 
Central Pennsylvania doubly terminated quartz crystal.  Artwork © John Passaneau.
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State College, Pennsylvania

Junior Rockhounds Meetings
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Weekly meetings for kids

February 2019: We are very pleased to announce that Junior Rockhounds meetings resumed on Monday, February 18, and are scheduled to continue through May 6.

The meetings have a different topic each week, such as minerals, fossils, gemstones, geology, and dinosaurs. They include fun hands-on activities and discussions with an expert. Parents stay with their children, and may get a lot out of the meetings too! You don't have to be a member to attend; please come out and see what it's all about.

See the information below or download the same text as part of this PDF flyer.

Join the Junior Rockhounds: Rocks, Fossils, and Minerals Club!

Who: You! Best for 3rd through 8th graders WITH their parents.
What: Junior Rockhounds Science Club Rocks and Minerals Programs.
Where: NEW LOCATION: BOALSBURG FIRE HALL, 113 E Pine St., Boalsburg PA 16827
When: Mondays, 6:15- 7:00 p.m. No reservations needed!

Spring 2019 Schedule: February 18, 25; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6.

Cost: Free! (plus students get free mineral samples and a collection box)

  • Feb 18: What is a mineral? (how to tell minerals from rocks, fossils, man-made stuff, etc.)
  • Feb 25: Dinosaurs
  • Mar 11: Chemistry of minerals (flame tests, acid reactions, cooking minerals, and more) [postponed from Feb. 25]
  • Mar 18: Breaking minerals (using hammers and chisels to fracture and cleave minerals)
  • Mar 25: Glow-in-the-dark minerals (fluorescence under UV light)
  • Apr 1: Magnets and electricity and minerals (conductive and magnetic minerals)
  • Apr 8: Radioactive rocks, poisonous/dangerous minerals, and more
  • Apr 15: Volcanoes and volcanic rocks
  • Apr 22: Fossils and sedimentary rocks
  • Apr 29: Gemstones, and more!
  • May 6: Crystals (how to measure them, how they grow)
Parents: Please accompany your student! All materials provided free of cost. Each student gets a free plastic collection box. At each session students get specimens to add to their personal collection. Hands-on, messy, fun! Science, learning, and family fun!
Collecting Field Trip/ Cave Trip (parents drive/open to all) More info on time, date, will be announced later.
Sponsored by: Junior Museum and Nittany Mineral. Society.
Questions? Contact Dr. Andrew A. Sicree at or (814) 867-6263.

ALSO - Our annual event for kids is coming on Saturday, March 30. See Minerals Junior Education Day

gem polishing meeting for juniors
A gem polishing program for Junior Rockhounds.

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