A Special GMS Group
Just for Kids
Junior Section Meets
Most kids seem to go through a phase where they pick up rocks. Even if you aren't a rockhound now, didn't you have a shoebox full of playground rocks under your bed?
At GMS we encourage children to learn more about earth science. The junior section is an active, vibrant group that has fun while they are learning. Juniors even get special items to bid on during our auctions!
Special field trips that are designed just for kids plus other educational activities are always on the calendar, so if you have a young one who comes home with pockets full of rocks, bring them to GMS!
Note: Juniors are members less than 18 years old who still live at home.
If you have any questions about Junior Section, please send email to
Junior Section Message
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: GMS Building
Topic: Sand Surprises
Sand has turned out to be so much more than grains on a beach somewhere! There are all kinds of sand in all kinds of locations. Sand can hold the mysteries of the past. It can lead to gold and other secret mine locations. It can journey through adverse conditions hundreds of miles. Sand is defined by size, not so much on content, so there are some pretty unusual sands out there. Sand is easy and generally inexpensive to collect. We will be looking at and taking home sand samples from around the world as well as the US. We will be making sand clay creations that be dried and kept rather than washed out to sea. We look at why some sands survive traveling from the mountains clear to the sea while others do not. We will look at some rare sands that have special stories.
For those of you who were able to come to the picnic, we had a great day. The weather was great and so was all that food! With the fenced playground and bathrooms right there the kids could play by the picnic pavilion in sight of the parents. We were able to have a junior’s only auction and you should have seen the auction savvy juniors getting great deals! The kids were so well behaved and got along so well with each other. Thank you parents for doing such a good job with your kids! See you at the meeting in July!
Junior Section Chair
To read junior articles click here
GMS Meetings for Juniors!How to join our group… If you are a GMS member you get quite a deal. For the $25.00 family member fee, your whole family gets to go to any field trip, meeting, and other great events for a year. We now have a section meeting designed for our juniors! If you are not a member yet, it is easy and can be done on-line here or making a hard copy from the GMS website and sending the membership form and check here.
You get to… You get to do hands on activities, learn about topics of interest to our juniors, and take home a free specimen each time you attend. You will have a chance to win a special specimen at each meeting. Oh, and have a snack and enjoy fellow rock hounds!
When we meet… Most of the meetings are at the GMS building. We are currently meeting on Sunday afternoon to accommodate those living far away, and reduce conflicts with Saturday GMS field trips. Many of the meetings are on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday afternoon of each month. This is a great way for those interested in rocks, minerals, fossils, etc. to have fun together. The topics also cover the required school objectives and are also a great opportunity for homeschool families!
Tentative dates and topics for Junior Meetings for the next few months
|Amazing sand from all over the US and world. Traveling sand and other fun.|
Definitely Dinosaurs - a paleontologist adventure
|Pretending to be a paleontologist and using our artistic and engineering skills to make a 3-D model of a dinosaur|
|Look at geodes and how they are formed and where to find them. Open a small geode. Get a specimen to keep.|
|Looking at types of volcanoes -- looking at the destructive and constructive forces and volcanic specimens. Get some Mount St. Helen's ash to keep.|
Polished and Wrapped!
|Which rocks are best for polishing? How can juniors polish rocks? We will learn a simple wire wrap juniors can do! We will see other products we can make too!|
|P-a-r-t-y!!! Our GMS members share with our Juniors! Games, food, and hands on fun!|
2017 Junior Events
2016 Junior Events
2015 Junior Events
July: Dial M for Mineral Clue Hunt
July: Attend a Field Trip [click the car to see pictures from the field trip]
August: Attend a Field Trip
November: Make a Christmas ornament using nice mineral specimens. [click the ornament to see pictures from the event]
2014 Junior Activities
Special Juniors Field Trip click here
Easter Egg Hunt click here
May Show Scavenger Hunt click here
June Picnic click here
Junior Day at Sand Section click here
Fall Beads of Courage Day click here
GMS Coloring Books!GMS coloring books help kids (and adults) have fun while learning about rocks, fossils, minerals, and geology!
Each coloring book is only $5.95 and all proceeds above cost will be used to further education in Earth Sciences and to support the educational efforts of the Georgia Mineral Society.
To see all of the coloring books available and to purchase a copy of a coloring book on Amazon, please click below for the coloring book page:
Rocks are fun!