Spreading the Joy of Rockhounding
Rock&Gem Magazine|March 2020
Spreading the Joy of Rockhounding
Submitted by Dr. David Jordan Program Chair, Helena Mineral Society
ANTOINETTE RAHN

What do you enjoy the most about our hobby? Is it the excitement of unearthing a new mineral specimen or agate, or the pleasure of reading and learning all about it? Or perhaps it’s the joy of cutting and polishing a cabochon, to reveal its previously hidden beauty? And of course, there’s the satisfaction of passing your knowledge on to a new generation of rockhounds.

Members of the Helena Mineral Society (helenamineralsociety.org) have found a new way to share in all of these. We’ve joined forces with a local nonprofit called the Montana Learning Center (montanalearning.org), located on the shores of nearby Canyon Ferry Reservoir. The Learning Center holds a series of hands-on summer educational camps for youth in first through twelfth grade, with each camp lasting five days. Among these are two camps for middle-school youth focusing on geology, specifically the geology of western Montana.

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March 2020