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, May 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: (see the message below)
Mother’s Day Make and Take at our May ShowIn May we will meet at the GMS Mother’s Day Show at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta. I was told they are letting us use a room upstairs in the left corner. I will post a sign showing the way. The greeters should know too.
If you are a GMS junior, you will be able to make a polished rock necklace or keychain, or a gem tree for free! (At this event a non-member junior can also participate at a cost of $3.00-Gem Tree and/or $1.00-necklace.) We will be getting to experience two of the gem section activities and learn of the materials and tools used. I will have pretty cord string for free or a chain or keychain may be purchased from one of the show vendors. We will have a scavenger hunt to win a prize from the prize box. You can even give what you make to your mom or grandma for Mother’s Day!
There are other activities you can do as well. There will be an auction at 1:00 for the adults but there will be some items for juniors only now and then. There will be demonstrations periodically throughout the weekend. There are rock and mineral, fossil, jewelry, and other vendors. There is an on-site café. It can be a field trip just looking at all the neat things. The web page has a link (click here) with show information that may be helpful.
For our juniors that live up there, this will be one time when you won’t have to drive so far!
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
May 13 11:00
|Fun at the Annual Rock, Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show.|
June 3 11:00-4:00
|Games, activities, and juniors only auction items.|
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!