Rockhound Field Trips
ROCKHOUND FIELD TRIPS
Rockhound Field trips are an important part of
Clackamette Mineral and Gem Club experience.
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What is a Rockhounding Field Trip?
Rockhounding is the recreational collecting of rocks, minerals, fossils and gemstones
in their natural environment. Rockhounding field trips make this possible. While on the field trips prospecting we learn about geology, minerology, and identification of stones.
Where do we collect rocks and minerals?
The Pacific Northwest has a wide variety of rocks, minerals, fossils and gemstones. We explore and prospect many interesting places such as rivers, streams, valleys, mountains, beaches, roadcuts, desserts and forests. We also occasionally visit museums and rock shops.
What do we collect?
Below is a sampling of materials that have been collected on club field trips.
We have collected many “varieties” of all the following materials.
Oregon Fire Opal
Who can participate in field trips?
Any current member is welcome to participate in club field trips.
Rockhound field trips are a great way to meet interesting people, ask advice, and learn how to use tools and gear. Field trips are a member benefit. All ages are invited to join our club and become a member. Visit the Membership page for more information on how to join the club or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 Field Trip Schedule
2020 Field Trip Schedule
February 15th-Molalla Day Trip#1.
February 22nd – Rice Museum. Garret Romaine tour guide.
March 21st-Molalla Day Trip #2. Cancelled
April 17-19, 2020, Friday - Sunday - Southern Oregon Coast Cancelled
May 8-10- Yachats Beach Combing. Group Campground at Cape Perpetua Campground for three nights. There are minus tides this weekend so a great time for beachcombing. Cancelled
May 15-17th (Weather delay date: July 9-13) - Succor Creek. Public Campground camping. Free collecting of Thundereggs and various other materials. Cancelled
June 12-14 – McDonald’s Rock Ranch, Ashwood, Oregon. This is a fee dig site that offers thunder eggs, petrified wood and plume agate.
August 15th – Ape Caves, Gifford Pinchot NF, WA. This is a long day trip that takes us into one of the longest lava tubes in the US. Cancelled
August 27-31th – Oregon Fire Opal. Private Claim. Outside Lakeview in Southern Oregon. Then on to the Double Eagle Sunstone Mine
September 26th – GIVING BACK --National Public Land Use Day. Maybe Hampton Butte. Filling in holes from other rockhounds. Hosted by Oregon Council of Rocks and Mineral Clubs. More details on the Home page under Events.
Joe Cotta Field Trip
Succor Creek Agate and Thunderegg
Oregon Coast Field Trip
Molalla, Oregon Field Trip