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” and the “The Lois and Bill Allmen Scholarship” awarded to Oxnard Community College students.
- Each year, our members display our collections and volunteer at the Gem and Mineral Building during the Ventura County Fair.
- 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.