Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Links

There’s been some small but mighty new additions to the right column of our website, renorockhounds.com.

We now have links to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts available! Just click the icon corresponding to the site you’d like to follow us on and it’ll take you right to our official accounts. Twitter is still getting up and running but our Facebook and Instagram are well-established and ready to go. If you ever have questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns about the accounts or the society in general reach out to us on one of these sites or use the Contact Us form on renorockhounds.com and we’ll be happy to hear from you!

Keep your eyes peeled on our social media accounts in the coming weeks, by the way. We have a very exciting opportunity coming up but we’ll need the support and online votes of our community to achieve it!

Membership meeting reminder!

Hope all of our Reno Rockhounds had a great Labor Day! Maybe you even spent it rockhounding or doing one of the many mineral based hobbies? Either way, it’s already time for another general meeting! Tomorrow, Wednesday September 5th, starting at 7pm in Baldini’s Casino we’ll have our monthly, free, and open to the public general meeting. If you came along with one of our society members to a recent field trip or the picnic, or are otherwise interested in learning more about and potentially becoming part of the society, please join us! We cover a lot of topics during our meetings including important announcements, upcoming field trips, get-togethers, and events in addition to having a guest speaker each month that goes in depth on a particular topic. This month we have our member Carl Olsen talking about geologic structures, for example. You can apply to be a member there, as well as see what volunteers we might need. There’s even a small raffle for prizes at our meetings! But most of all, we’re a group of like-minded people who are always happy to have someone new to chat about our hobbies with. Come see us tomorrow night and see what you learn or who you meet!
Photo credit: LPHR Group (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cpasqueretta/9647943721)

Monte Cristo Field Trip

Looking for a camping trip in the desert but with a little more rockhounding and a little less Burning Man? Then we’ve got a trip coming up for you, Reno Rockhounds! We’re headed out to the southern end of the Monte Cristo Range, in the opposite direction of Black Rock but no less Nevada desert-y, we assure you! This site is between Coaldale Junction and Tonopah and will be a camping trip going from this Friday, August 31st, to Monday, September 3rd. Further directions and the location of the campsite can be found in your August Conglomerate. We’ll be leaving camp at 8am each morning to head to collection sites for agate, jasper, and rhyolite mostly with a few other things thrown in. If you’re particularly interested in agate come prepared to do some hard rock mining, but there will be material on the surface as well. As usual with our camping trips, there will be a potluck on Saturday night at 6pm so bring some food to share, lots of water for the daytime, your usual rockhounding tools, and maybe a decked out bicycle if you’re feeling adventurous!
Photo credit: BLM Nevada (https://www.flickr.com/photos/blmnevada/19971083632/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/blmnevada/32633171096/in/photolist-RHFwQY)

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Summer Potluck Picnic this Saturday, August 25!

It’s time for one of our big get-togethers, Reno Rockhounds! Our Summer Potluck Picnic is happening this Saturday, August 25th, at the Sugarloaf Pavilion in Lazy 5 park out in Spanish Springs. The Sugarloaf Pavilion is the largest but also the furthest back of the picnic pavilions at Lazy 5 so make sure you drive all the way back through the parking lots to get to the right one. The park opens at 10am with lunch served promptly at noon. Hamburgers and hot dogs are on the base menu, but, as with any of our meet ups, this is also a potluck so expect additional food from our wonderful members! Please bring your own plates, silverware, napkins, and cups but if you forget some will be available for a $1 donation to the society. We’ll have bingo with donated prizes going as well and Sugarloaf Pavillion is next to a playground, soccer field, and skate park if you’d like to do something a little more physical. Lazy 5 also has a small waterpark at the other end of the park where you first drive in so bring your swimsuits along if you’d like to cool off after lunch. For newer members this is a great way to start meeting and connecting with people in the society, and even if you’ve been around a while you might make another rocks-loving buddy or learn something new! We hope to see you out there!

This post is copied from our Instagram site written by Rachel Carroll…thank you Rachel!!!

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Welcome to the Reno Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.

480 So. Rock Blvd, Sparks, Nevada


The Reno Gem & Mineral Society is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation, organized for the purpose of creating, developing, and encouraging interest in earth sciences, as well as gem and mineral hobbies.

The RGMS General Membership Meeting is held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room on the 2nd floor of Baldini’s Casino on Rock Blvd. and Glendale Ave. in Sparks, Nevada.

  • Meetings are open to the general public and, after a brief business portion, the educational program usually covers some aspect of the hobby or a related topic.
  • The RGMS is governed by, an annually elected, volunteer team of officers and board members, who oversee all Society activities.
  • These include classes and workshops in lapidary, silver fabrication, casting, carving, beading, wire wrap jewelry, and more. Day long or overnight camping field trips are scheduled once a month, except in the winter, to learn the location and identification of various rock, gem and mineral materials. Several social events are also held, including an annual picnic, Christmas party, potlucks, used equipment sales and craft fairs.

The Jackpot of Gems is the Society’s annual show and primary fund raising activity. RGMS members are encouraged to exhibit the materials they have made or collected. The Society is a member of the California Federation of Mineralogy Society and, as such, exhibitors are encouraged to enter their displays in competition under CFMS rules. Jewelry, polished and faceted stones, tools and minerals are also for sale by dealers.

RGMS History In the 1950’s there were two gem and mineral societies in the Reno area, the Washoe Gem and Mineral Society and the Pyramid Gem and Mineral Society. The mid 1960’s saw the two societies merge and become the Reno Gem and Mineral Society, Incorporated. Initially the Society held their meetings, classes and social events in members’ homes and garages. Then in 1976 the Society rented the space at 480 S. Rock Blvd., Sparks, Nevada. Nonprofit status was granted by the IRS in 1984 under code 501 (c)(7); this was changed in March 2012 to code 501 (c)(3), and the RGMS was classified as a public charity. Most recently, after years of dreaming, planning and hard work, on October 18, 2017, the RGMS became the owner of the 19,320 sq. ft. building that housed the space rented by the Society for over 30 years! Once the building is fully restored and leased, RGMS will begin to remodel the existing space plus another 2,500 sq. ft. (total of about 5,000 sq. ft.!) to create new, separate lapidary and metal fabrication shops as well as multiple classrooms and meeting rooms.

You are invited to join us on this next exciting phase of the history of the Reno Gem and Mineral Society!  See the Membership section of this website for further information.