The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society was founded in 1961 in Oxnard, California. We are affiliated with the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, and the national American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. We are a member of the American Lands Access Association. The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society is a non-profit organization under 501(c)(3).
The goals of the club are to enrich the lives of the community and the surrounding areas by promoting popular interest and knowledge in geology, mineralogy, lapidary and similar sciences.
How Our Members Participate:
- We are an official National Fossil Day Partner with the National Park Service and the American Geological Institute.
- We host an annual Gem & Mineral Show the 3rd weekend of November. Our show is popular with Teachers, Students, Scouts and Families. Teachers with their Teacher ID receive Earth Science Posters and material to display in their classrooms.
- Through the City Of Oxnard, Recreation and Community Services, we offer classes in Lapidary (rock cutting and polishing), Wire Wrap and Silversmithing.
- Our monthly Earth Science program for kids offers fun, free, earth science activities. The meetings feature the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies Future Rockhounds of America program along with other activities, workshops and field trips.
- We fund “The Ray Meisenheimer Scholarship” awarded to Oxnard Community College students and “The Lois and Bill Allmen Scholarship” awarded to California State University, Channel Islands students.
- Each year, our members display our collections and volunteer at the Gem and Mineral Building during the Ventura County Fair.
- We are using our knowledge of Earth Science to aid Ventura County Educators. Over 500 Ventura County school teachers value our efforts and are on our e-mail list.
- Currently, the three Ventura County Gem and Mineral Societies are working together to build and collect rocks for over 300 “Earth Science Education Kits”. These kits are being distributed to Ventura County Public Schools and the Ventura County Library. The Rock Boxes will be used by county educators to teach and get students interested in Earth Science. Together, we donate current Earth Science material to our Ventura County Public Schools as part of our “Books For Schools” program.
- In partnership with other local gem clubs we offer monthly field trips to local locations as well as overnight trips in and out of state.