Rockhound Resources

Photo by Denise Harrison & John Marshall

Photo above:  The view looking East from the Pittock Mansion in Portland's West Hills 

to Mt. Hood standing above the Cascade Range.  It is this volcanic nature of the Pacific Northwest that gives the region so many Rockhound wonders such as Thundereggs, 

Petrified Wood, and Fossils!

These are some of our favorite sites to learn more about 

geology, earth science, rockhounding, 

minerals, lapidary, and jewelry.

Rockhound Resources

68 Outstanding Oregon Rockhounding Sites In 2023 

Basic Jewelry Photography

BLM Maps

Bob's Rock Shop 

Earth How

Finding a Dinosaur

Fundamentals of Rocks and Minerals - 

Geology by Nick Zentner

Geology In

Geoscience News and Information

Guide to Geodes

Historic Maps - Gold & Gems, Ghost Towns 

Home Hobbies: Rock Collecting

How to Make a Cabochon

List of U.S. state minerals, rocks, stones and gemstones


Mineralab - Tools for Gem & Mineral ID

Nature’s Rainbows Fluorescent Mineral

Oregon Geologic Sight Seeing

Preparing Blue Forest Petrified Wood 

Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals Virtual Tour

Rock Cycle


Richardsons Rock Ranch

Rock & Gem Magazine Rock Show List USA/Canada/Australia

Rock Tumbling How To

Rock Tumbling Videos

Science Learning Hub

Smithsonian GeoGallery

Smithsonian - Search Dep. of Mineral Sciences Collections

Smithsonian - Search Dept. of Paleobiology Collections

The Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Geology

The Rock Identification Key

U.S. Geological Survey

USGS Cascade Volcano Observatories

Wikipedia Search

You Tube Video Search


Crater Rock Museum

Mineral Museums - US and International


Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals Virtual Tour

Rock Clubs (List by Distance)

Oregon Agate & Mineral Society

Columbia Willamette Faceters Guild

Mt Hood Rock Club

NARG – North American Research Group

Oregon Rock Clubs

Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club

Geological Society of the Oregon Country

Willamette Agate & Mineral Society

Washington Rock Clubs

Fluorescent Mineral Society

AFMS Clubs, Societies, Schools, and Organizations

Rock & Gem Magazine - USA Club List

Facebook Educational Groups & Pages

Amazing Geologist Like Page

Agate Collectors Worldwide Group

Fluorescent Mineral Society Group

Geology Books Group

Jasper Lovers Only Group

Lapidary Group

Lapidary Equipment Marketplace Group

Mineral Specimen Cleaning and Preparation Group

Mineral Specimen Identification Room

Macro-Micro Photos Geology & Minerals Worldwide

Petrified Wood Collectors Worldwide Group


Assembling Oregon Geology: Oregon's Physiographic Provinces

Fake Fossils by Dr Bill Orr

Flood Basalts of the Pacific Northwest

Fluorescent Show Video by Bob Oblack 

Geology of Death Valley by Andrew Dunning

Geology by Nick Zentner in Ellensburg, WA

Ghost Volcanoes in the Cascades

Highland Park Lapidary Equipment How to fix and maintain your equipment.

IRIS Earthquake Science Channel

Molalla River Corridor Geology by Bob Oblack

Molalla Geology Part 2 by Bob Oblack 

Mt. St. Helens lecture by Sheila Alfsen

Outdoor Idaho Rockhounds

Plant Fossils in the Pacific Northwest

Supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest

Thunder Egg - OPB - Richardson's Ranch

Geology 101 Course - YouTube

Nick Zentner - Central Washington University

GEOL 101 - Lectures 1 - 34 - Winter Term 2021

Links for Junior Rockhound's

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YouTube Videos for Junior Rockhounds

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