Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club
50 Years of Geological Fun and Education

KWGMC club logo The Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club was formed in 1965. For fifty years, our club has brought together people who have an interest in the lapidary arts and in collecting rocks, minerals, and fossils. Members are residents of Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and other communities in Waterloo and Wellington Counties, Ontario.

June 2016 club picnic
The club meets on a monthly basis, usually at Button Factory Arts (formerly the "Waterloo Community Arts Centre") in Waterloo. Meetings include speakers, workshops and the ever-popular monthly raffle for gems and minerals. Special events include picnics, pot-luck suppers and field trips.

The club also provides a forum for an exchange of information and ideas about the hobby. We also promote safe and responsible collecting, and we work with other federation clubs to secure more collecting areas.

Our club is a member of the Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CCFMS).

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Celestine and Calcite
Dundas Quarry
Dundas, Ontario
Sphalerite
Niagara Canal Dumps
Montrose Road
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Silver
Nipissing 404 Mine
Cobalt, Ontario

Meetings

Future Meetings

Past Meetings

For more past meetings, see here.

Kids Club

The Pebble Pups is a kids club created by the KW Gem & Mineral Club aimed at younger kids, aged 7 to 12 years old. We meet the first Saturday of every month between September and June, usually at The Rock Spa (396 Victoria Street North, Kitchener, Ontario) from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM.

The Pebble Pups program is packed with games, hands-on activities, and speaker presentations that get the young kids thinking and inspired about the earth sciences. Over the years that the Pebble Pups program has been operating we have averaged approximately six to nine kids per month. On several occasions the Pebble Pups had a high of sixteen kids at one time! We try to entertain and educate the Pebble Pups through numerous activities, and thus far I think my favourite activity to do with the kids (and one that they get most excited about) is playing ROCKO! The other activity that we get a high turnout for is when the kids make their own mineral box to store personal collections.

The Pebble Pups is always looking for in-kind donations in the form of rocks, minerals, fossils, games, and/or books related to the earth science field. The kids are captivated by actually holding a physical specimen in their hands and especially one that they could take home to keep. The more colorful and unique looking the better! The Pebble Pups is always open for KW members to solicit new members. It is very exciting when we get an e-mail or phone inquiry regarding the Pebble Pups because we know that the 'word' is out on the street and more kids are curious to find out about it. It is definitely worthwhile getting e-mails from parents, whose children have moved on from the Pebble Pups due to age limits, that say that their child(ren) had a blast and will cherish their time with the Pebble Pups!

For more information about the kids' club, contact Robert Maric.

News and Future Events last updated October 28 2018

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How to Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club
c/o Stephanie Martin
Button Factory Arts
25 Regina St. S.,
Waterloo, ON N2J 1R8 Canada

Club Officers

Annual Show and Sale

Each year our club organizes an annual show, which is open to the public. Our show provides an opportunities for people to buy, sell and exchange rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones, lapidary material and equipment. The show is held on the first Saturday in May from 10 AM to 4 PM at Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S., in Waterloo, Ontario. Admission is free.

Anyone (including dealers, swappers, clubs, and artists) may participate in the show. Dealers are not permitted to advertise their business. The cost for a 6-foot table is currently $30. To reserve space or to obtain more information, please contact Gary Winkler.

Club Field Trip to Cobalt

Field Trips

Field trips are arranged about twice a year. Past trips have included Field trips are sometimes held together with the CCMFS.

Yearly Live Auction

Each year in December our club holds a live auction for gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, and lapidary items. The public is invited.

Trophies

   

Each year our club has a competition for the best self-collected specimen and the best specimen acquired elsewhere (the "Silver Pick" award). Winners are voted on by members and the winner gets a trophy.

Membership

Our annual membership fees are $20 for an individual and $25 for a family. New members are welcome any time.

Newsletter

The Rockblast is published monthly and is currently edited by Jeffrey Shallit. Members receive the newsletter electronically or by Canada Post. Our newsletter outlines activities and includes interesting articles related to lapidary and the rock and mineral collecting hobby. We currently exchange newsletters with other clubs.

For some past issues, see the Rockblast archive.

Resources

Our club is sponsored by GemSelect, a German-Thai company specializing in gemstones in Chanthaburi, Thailand. Thanks to GemSelect for their support!

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