“Our Greatest Natural Resource is in the minds of our Children”
–Walter Ellas Disney
Junior Rockhound Meetings
Junior in person meetings are the
third Tuesday of every month from 7pm-8pm.
Everyone is welcome!
Questions? Contact Jim Urbaniak by email email@example.com
Visit the home page, "Up Coming Events", for updated information.
To give our Juniors more opportunities to explore geology and the lapidary arts, the Clackamette Club is always looking for new Junior participants and visitors are ALWAYS welcome!
Our Juniors have an instruction time at each of the regular club meetings. Juniors meet separately in the classroom next to the regular meeting room (Located in Kraxburger Hall of the basement of The Zion Lutheran Church in Oregon City). The Junior’s activity program begins shortly after the regular meeting begins at 7pm and lasts for approximately one hour. The Juniors program releases at 8 pm in order to accommodate early bedtimes. Juniors always are welcome to stay for the full duration of the regular meeting with parent or guardian.
So far this year the Juniors have learned:
The story and history of how the Thunderegg became the official Oregon state rock
The Oregon state gem stone: Sunstone
The Oregon state fossil: Metasequoia
The Oregon state rock: Thunderegg
3 Rock types rock Identification of as well as for-mation characteristics of each:
An introduction to Gemstone, Mineral and Rock Identification.
The juniors will also spend part of the hour designing the layout of a Jr's display case for the club’s annual show in October.
Jim Urbaniak is our Juniors Program leader. Jim has extensive experience as a teacher, speaker, and geology field trip leader throughout Oregon and Washington. He has taught field geology at Camp Hancock-Hancock Field Station and has lectured on topics including the Missoula Floods. In addition, he is the author of more than 60 earth science articles.
Jim is very enthusiastic about teaching junior’s geology, earth science, and lapidary arts to our juniors.
Here is an example of what juniors learn about rocks and earth science.
January: What is a Rock? Rocks have different characteristics that set them apart from others. We will be learning the properties of rocks such as slate, marble, chalk, granite and pumice. Which rocks split? Do any of these rocks float?
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February: What is definition of Mineral and Rock? What is the difference between a Rock and a Mineral? Looking at Core Samples. How do Core Samples help us study history?
Short Video: Intro to 3 types of Rocks
Photo by Theresa VanHook Pinterest
March: How many naturally occurring minerals are there in the world?
Book by Baby Professor
April: We will study the three main types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.
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May: Intro to Rock Identification. Study various ways by which we can identify minerals, including color, crystal shape, luster, cleavage, and hardness. Mini Rock ID quiz
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June: How Hard is Hard? This particular activity focuses on hardness and introducing the Mohs Scale of Hardness and Streak Testing. Bill Nye the Science Guy Video
Photo by Encyclopedia Britanica
July: What is a Fossil?
Part 1 The Forms of Fossilization. Make-a-Fossil: An Activity with Clay and Plaster.
Photo by proglodytes
August: What is a Fossil?
Part 2 Show and tell display of different types of Fossils. Short Video Bill Nye the Science Guy Fossilization
Photos by dkfindout
September: Study of Fluorescent Rock presentations. Juniors individual and group Display case design plans and preparations.
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October: Juniors hosting activity for General Club meeting and formal Jr. Federation presentations program.
Photo by Clip Art Library and Pinclipart
November: Equipment: Differences Between Tumblers, Sanders and Saws.
Join regular club meeting for viewing of equipment presentation.
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December: Juniors short meeting. Join in Christmas Party Potluck Gift exchange.
Photo by Charles M Schultz
Links for Junior Rockhound's
10 Steps for Easy Minerals Identification
3D Geological Paper Models DIY
All About Rocks and Rock Collecting
Discover the Fun of Backyard Geology
Fundamentals of Rocks and Minerals - Study.com
List of U.S. state minerals, rocks, stones and gemstones
Mini Miners Monthly by Diamond Dan
Rocks and Minerals (Rockhounding Arkansas)
Rock Collecting and Geology Basics
Science Kids - Rocks, Minerals & Soils
Science Teaching Resources Smithsonian
The Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Geology
Ultimate List of Volcano Resources
USGS Resources for Teachers and Kids
YouTube Videos for Junior Rockhounds
Fun Animation about Becoming a Geologist
Geology Kitchen: The 3 Types of Rocks
Geology Kitchen #2 - Identifying Minerals
Geology Kitchen #3 - Clastic Sedimentary Rocks
Geology Kitchen #4 - Metamorphism
Geology Kitchen #5 - Chemical & Biological Sedimentary Rocks
Petrified Forest National Park - How Petrified Wood is Formed
Thunder Egg - OPB - Kids Collecting at Richardson's Ranch
We meet at:
Park Place Church
13933 Gain Street
Oregon, City, OR 97045
Our meeting starts at 7pm and we start gathering around 6:30pm.
Last update 2-10-2023
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