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, June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: (see the June Tips and Trips newsletter)
June Event: GMS Annual PicnicIn June, summer break is here at last! Celebrate at our yearly potluck picnic June 3rd at Pickneyville Park. The potluck begins about 11:00. A very short meeting and auction follow. We were able to get a pavilion that is secluded and has its own fenced playground and bathrooms.
This year, members will help identify the specimens until the adult auction starts. Put a card under the specimen (with your name) for members to write the specimen name. Each junior can bring up to 10 specimens for identification.
NEW! There will be an awesome auction that includes junior only items all near the beginning of the Auction rather than spaced through the whole auction. Our June Tips and Trips has specific directions to the pavilion. The park has entrances on both sides of the road.
There is a skate park and walking/biking trails. There will be sidewalk chalk, bubbles and a few other outside toys available, and you can bring your own as well.
Another great family activity this month is the Tellus Museum Rockfest. There will be rock, mineral, and gem vendors and several demonstrations and children’s activities. Of course, the museum is also part of the fun day. The Tellus website (click here) has more information and a map for those needing directions.
See you at the picnic!
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
|June 3 (Saturday)|
GMS Family Picnic/Auction
|Great food, fun playground, and family fun. A big auction follows the picnic.|
|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!