Delaware mineralogical society

A Delaware 501(c)(3) non-profit earth-science educational organization

 

DMS "Blue Rockers" Junior Group Page

Welcome! As of June 8, 2015, we have revamped our Junior Members Program. Now known as the "DMS Blue Rockers!", our new Junior Chair, Mary Ann Levan, has setup a series of educational advancement contained in  the 'Future Rockhounds of America' Program through the American Federation of Mineralogical and Societies. Specialty age-appropriate fieldtrips will be part of the program. In fact, we just held our first trip on August 4, 2015 to collect fossils at Big Brook, NJ! What fun that was!

We will hold monthly Saturday meetings, usually two hours in length, from 1-3pm. All children and their parents are welcome to see what we are about and join us. Membership is open to all who are interested.

Printable Membership From (.pdf)

"The new DMS youth rock hounding club, the Blue Rockers, have a home at the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) http://www.delmnh.org/

Events 2018

We have been holding meetings designed for the youth members for some time now. These meetings will be on Saturdays from 1 to 3 pm at DMNH (see fall schedule below). The Blue Rocker meetings will be full of fun learning activities designed so our young members can work toward earning badges in the Future Rock Hounds of America program http://www.amfed.org/fra/fra_badge.htm.



Meetings will be run by Mary Ann Levan, Junior Program Chair- assisted by other DMS members. Mary Ann is trained as a scientist and an educator, and has experience teaching in a Montessori school, working as a cub scout leader for over 10 years, and is now employed by the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) as an outdoor educator. She has run “Mining and Minerals” summer camps for DNS, and also helped design geology programs to meet the third grade public school curriculum standards. Combining this experience with the interest and knowledge of “all things rock, mineral and fossil” of the DMS club as a whole, this program has a lot to offer to our young members.

The Blue Rocker meetings are in addition to the usual DMS club meetings. DMS club meetings are on the second Monday of the month; Blue Rocker meetings are on the Saturday just before these Monday meetings. Of course, all youth members are always welcome at the Monday meetings, too.


Blue Rockers Events Calendar: Winter-Spring 2018

Tom Pankratz organizes almost all of our field trips. If you are interested in any of these, please email him and cc: me.   tjpankratz@verizon.net (Tom), philsince64@gmail.com (Mary Ann)

January 13 (not the 6th, as would be the usual calculating of the meeting date): Blue Rocker meeting DMNH 1-3
fun jewelry workshop with Miss Teddi and Miss Mary Ann
• show and tell: bring something to show and tell if you have anything from a field trip, a gift, even a website
• sign up for a slot at the Junior Booth- first Saturday and Sunday in March
• bring records of any badge work you might be doing at home.
• we will decide if the group wants to put a case in the March show (as a group)

February 10: Blue Rocker meeting DMNH 1-3
“The World in Miniature” activities (tentative)
• Blue Rocker case for March show?

March 2, 3, 4 Club Show weekend
Blue Rockers work a 3 hour shift at the club show – set up is Friday late afternoon, show sales are Saturday and Sunday and breakdown is Sunday late afternoon. March Blue Rocker meeting- we don’t have a meeting separate from the show.

During our March 3-4, 2018 Show, the Blue Rockers will be learning and sharing about the Lapidary Arts.

May 12, 2018: Blue Rocker meeting at DMNH 1-3 p.m. Topics: Collecting,
Collaborating with other mineral club youth groups, Summer Meeting. Bring with you any specimens
from spring collecting, we will make labels and boxes for them. Bring ideas and calendars for a
summer outing.

Don’t forget the final spring trip opportunities:

Saturday May 5, Avondale Quarry trip for those big garnets, tourmalines, mica schist.
Saturday May 19, Marl Pit trip for those great pieces of bog iron.

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Please RSVP regarding attendance for the  meetings; it helps with planning for supplies.

Mary Ann 302 757-4468 philsince64@gmail.com


Other Youth Opportunities

Thanks to our field trip leader, Tom Pankratz, youth members should keep an eye on the field trip schedule for family-friendly outings. Our field trip calendar is full, and Tom keeps families in mind to make sure there are trips for people of all ages.

This is true of our Monday evening general club meetings, too. The May 8 meeting with Dr. Ken Lacovara of Rowan University’s Fossil Park in New Jersey was about Dreadnoughtus and other dinosaurs from Patagonia.

Fossil Badge

State fossil Write Up: A requirement for the fossil badge. To earn the Blue Rocker Fossil Badge, an optional requirement is to do a short report on your state fossil for the club newsletter. Our youth group has members from states outside of Delaware! This report on the Pennsylvania state fossil was done by youth member William Donnelley.

The Pennsylvania State Fossil- Phacops rana
by William Donnelley
My state fossil is Phacops rana, a type of trilobite. It is different from most trilobites as it has eyes that are more rounded than flat as most other trilobites’eyes are. The eyes are also able to swivel, giving the arthropod an almost 360 degree view. It is also able to roll into a ball with its exoskeleton protecting it, much like an armadillo or pill bug.
 


Future Rockhounds of America (FRA) Badge Categories and Incentives

(your illustrious leader just noticed these)

“Future Rockhound”- all junior members of the Delaware Mineralogical Society are automatically enrolled in the national Future Rockhounds of America program and can receive the Future Rockhounds of America patch (just ask Mary Ann if you have not received one).  You are at the future rockhound “level” while earning your first 5 badges.

“Full Rockhound”: junior members graduate to the FRA Honor Roll when they complete 6 of the 20 badges available in the program.  To recognize this accomplishment, they receive a Rockhound Badge and their names are posted on the honor roll within the AFMS website: http://www.amfed.org/fra/honor_roll.htm

“Rock Star”:  Youth who complete all 20 badges are awarded an enameled AFMS cloisonné pin, and are listed here http://www.amfed.org/fra/rock_stars.htm,   as an AFMS/FRA Rock Star!

Remember that you can work on and complete these badges on your own without attending formal Blue Rocker meetings.  Mary Ann has to handle the badge application paperwork for you, but please feel free to work on activities with parents, grandparents, and other helpful rockhounds! 

 

Blue Rocker Assistant Wanted!  All club positions are required to have and work with an assistant.  Let me know if you would be able to help out Mary Ann as Assistant Junior Programs Chair.

This club is open to youth members of the Delaware Mineralogical Society. If you aren’t a member yet, it’s easy to join. Follow this link http://www.delminsociety.net/about/about.htm to the club membership form. For more information about the Blue Rockers Program or the club meetings contact Junior Program Chair Mary Ann Levan at levanma@verizon.net.

You may find photos and special details, as they develop, on our club's Facebook page.