Guests are always welcome at our meetings! They are held on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays) at 7:30 PM, in person and online. We host our in person meetings at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (map below). The format includes an educational presentation and a short business meeting.
Our Pebble Pup meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays) at 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM.
Due to the February 2022 early morning fire at the Durley Park Art Center, our classes will be canceled until repairs are made.
Visit our Booth at the Gold Coast Show
May 27 – 28, 2023
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Beads, Jewelry, Lapidary Supplies, Demonstrations
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 –7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Hybrid In person / Online Meeting – “Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas”
OGMS is excited to announce a return to In-Person Meetings!
Fossils hunters around the world revel in the search to find Trilobites. The amazing diversity of Trilobites makes them very collectable.
Join us as PaleoJoe explores the life and death of these creatures once so plentiful during the Cambrian period that it was called the Age of Trilobites.
His presentation will focus on these fine Paleozoic creatures as part of the story of the prehistoric life in the ancient seas. PaleoJoe will share a unique snapshot of life in the ancient seas from 250 to 500 million years ago.
PaleoJoe has been collecting fossils since he was a young boy. He has presented paleontology programs to thousands of elementary and middle school students, developed the curriculum for a local tv show and created three traveling museum exhibits: Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancients Seas, Fossils of the Great Lakes Basin and Dinosaur Prep Lab.
PaleoJoe has been fortunate to participate in a Paleontology dig in the Czech Republic and Dinosaur Digs in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.
The Public is always welcome to join our meetings!
We are excited to finally be able to get back together and see each other in person. Hope to see all of you at:
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way,
For anyone unable to attend the in person meeting, connect with us via Zoom.
How to join the Zoom meeting:
As always, wearing headphones to prevent microphone feedback is encouraged.
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Equipment For Sale
Craftsman drill press with drill 3/8” chuck included
Drill Press or vertical lathe, Home Manufactured
Electric Motors in storage
Small 3” jaw bench vise on swivel base
Lortone, Inc. Rotary Tumbler QT12 / QT66
Star Diamond Lapidary Workshop – Lapidary grinder and saw
The Gallery has reopened! The Gallery adheres to UCLA Masking requirements. The Gallery will continue to host virtual lectures and past lectures can be viewed on YouTube.
April 16, 2023 – 2:30 p.m.
Presentation: Rapid Meteorite Recovery in Recent Meteorite Falls
Lecturer: Dr. Marc Fries, NASA/JSC
Meteorite falls occur on a regular basis every year. On average the United States has seen a little more than one meteorite fall per year since 1995, but that cadence can show variability. For example no
falls occurred between 2019-2021, but several events occurred over the past year in Cranfield, MS, Junction City, GA, Muskogee, OK, El Sauz, TX, and another event into Lake Ontario. Remarkably, the El Sauz fall was the third fall in a three-day period, following on meteorite falls in France and Italy. This talk will describe how meteorite falls are located and recovered, why it is important to recover them quickly,
and what we learn from meteorite falls in general.
Registration: https://ucla.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqduyupj0vGd3S0_52FsbHTbPjYr0sZQUj <https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fucla.zoom.us%2Fmeeting%2Fregister%2FtJEqduyupj0vGd3S0_52FsbHTbPjYr0sZQUj&data=04%7C01%7C%7C17d66f7430a643094ae208da1a55dae6%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637851253301948244%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=%2BKWaCXmVU%2F1bXkZnYYzYA5TCng1YuIY4f678sBWiyA8%3D&reserved=0>
Link to UCLA Meteorite Gallery’s You Tube Channel:
For more information visit: https://meteorites.ucla.edu/
December 2, 2020 – “Excavating a Fossil Sea Cow on Santa Rosa Island”
Join Dr. Jonathan Hoffman, Dibblee Curator of Earth Science at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH), for a look at the excavation and preparation of fossils from ancient seas and what we’re learning from them. Recent reports of fossil sirenians, or sea cows, from Channel Islands National Park have extended the fossil record of these unique marine mammals. In 2017 and 2018, the SBMNH excavated the skull and skeleton of a potentially new species of sea cow on Santa Rosa Island. The fossils from that excavation also include mollusks and crabs that give researchers clues to what the environment was like millions of years ago and how the Santa Rosa sea cow fits into the story of sirenian evolution as they spread around the world.
November 4, 2020 – “Minerals And The Future Of Energy Sustainability”
Aaron J. Celestian, Ph.D. has spent a great deal of his career finding ways to safely separate toxic elements from the environment that are remnants from our energy production, such as nuclear, fossil fuel, and battery. Being able to selectively lock these elements inside molecular holes in crystals, and safely store them in the crystals for the long-term away from living organisms, is a significant advancement. This work is still ongoing, yet newer discoveries have opened the door to using these same minerals to extract critically needed elements from otherwise toxic environments. Celestian is currently looking for new minerals that can selectively absorb these crucial resources, or design new ‘minerals’ when known species do not work.
October 7, 2020 – “Fluorescent and Unique Minerals of Franklin New Jersey”
Geologist Sandy Zucker will discuss the history and geology of this world famous, unique ore deposit and mineral locality, highlight some of the rare minerals found here, or only found here, and take you on a visual tour of the dazzling fluorescent mineral displays found in the mines of Franklin and Sterling Hill.
July 1, 2020 – Rare and Unusual Gemstones of California
California is an extraordinary state for rockhounding. Geological forces have created one of the widest varieties of rocks and minerals found in any state. Known as the ‘Golden State’, California has named Gold as its state metal, Serpentine as the State rock and Benitoite as the State gemstone. This talk will feature benitoite, lapis lazuli and vesuvianite. Our presenter will be Geologist Walter Lombardo of the Nevada Mineral & Book Company.
June 3, 2020 – “Magical Obsidian of Davis Creek” 7:00 p.m.
We will “open” our doors at 7:00 p.m. to allow our Members to socialize. We will begin the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Terry Wilson will show us colorful obsidian collected on the 2018 CFMS trip to Davis Creek, California. Her talk will outline the trip itself, the various types of obsidian found in the area, and include tips for working with obsidian. Terry has exhibited rainbow obsidian in the last two Ventura County Fairs, cabochons showing the cat-eye effect with rainbow obsidian, and rainbow obsidian in the rough, respectively. Missed the meeting? See the recording. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vIRNbley7E
2022 Fee Free Days on Federal Public Lands
Here are the 2022 fee free days offered for recreation sites under the management of the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. While many parks, facilities and services associated with these agencies are free, some require a fee. Recreation fees, authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, enable federal land management agencies to reinvest in the management of various recreation sites.
2020 Fee Free Days
January 17 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 16 – Start of National Park Week / National Jr. Ranger Day
August 4 – Anniversary of Great American Outdoors Act
September 24 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
$1,000 Reward – Death Valley National Park
Fossil Thieves stole several fossilized footprints, which had been left in a lakebed by mammals and birds, were missing. Now, Ryan F. Mandelbaum reports for Gizmodo, the National Park Service is asking for the public’s help in identifying a group of backpackers who may have information on the ancient tracks. In a statement, the National Park Service released the photos of three men who might have witnessed the crime or have knowledge about the disappearance of the footprints. Investigators are offering an award of up to $1000 “for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible,” the statement reads. According to Mandelbaum, investigators are planning to interview visitors who frequented the Park at the time of theft, in the hopes that someone will be able to provide valuable clues.
Destroying—or pilfering—the property of national parks is prohibited by law. “It’s illegal to collect fossils, rocks, or anything else in National Parks,” Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds said in a statement about the fossil thefts. “The purpose of National Parks is to conserve the landscape and everything it contains for the next generation. I ask that visitors come and enjoy all there is to see, and to leave it unimpaired for others to enjoy.”
The National Park Service has asked anyone with information about the stolen fossils to call the Investigative Services Branch at 1-888-653-0009.
The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society looks forward to holding our in person meetings at the:
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Thousand Oaks Room
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, California 93030