Club News


May: Friday, May 3rd @ 7:30pm

UPDATE:  Tonight's meeting has been MOVED TO ZOOM & is for members only!  There will be NO IN-PERSON MEETING at Wash U this evening.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

The plan is for members to be able to see the presentation live on Zoom.  There will be no business meeting.  Members, please watch your email & Rock Lore Online for details.  They'll be sent ASAP.

We hope to post a video later & make it available to everyone.  Please watch this space for details.

Topic: Fossils and Geology of the Smith County Mississippi Lime Pit
Presenter: George Phillips, Paleontology Curator @ Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

September: Friday, September 6th @ 7:30pm
Topic: Silly Silicates


If you are a member of the St. Louis Mineral and Gem Society, you can ask to join our member only group. This is where we post information about field trips and events that are only open to current members.

Chain of Rocks Gravel Bar Collecting

A favorite local collecting spot is the gravel bar on the Mississippi River near the old Chain of Rocks bridge.  See the below map for directions to the location.  Take Chain of Rocks Road west from Route 3 until you get to the Chouteau Island Fishing Area at the river's edge.  A large gravel bar is exposed at this location when the Mississippi River is below 10' as reported at the St. Louis river gauge.  All sorts of things have been found:  agates, petrified wood, Pleistocene fossils, and a wide variety of colorful stones.  If you can spray water on the gravel as you hunt it will highlight the beautiful colors.  Good luck collecting and be respectful of others that may be in the area.