Links to more information on Rocks & Minerals:
The American Geological Institute strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in mankind’s use of resources and interaction with the environment. The AGI produces the book Minerals Foundations of Society a great resource for learning how we use minerals in our everyday lives.
U.S. Geological Survey has a website dedicated to K-12 education and lifelong learning. The website includes lesson plans for teachers, georesources and educational materials.
The Illinois State Geological Survey offers information on Illinois geology including teaching materials and field trips.
The Illinois State Museum website “exhibits” section has information on Ice Ages, Mazon Creek fossils and the geology of the Midwest 16,000 years ago.
The Planetary Studies Foundation located in Galena, Illinois is dedicated to the study of meteorites and astronomy. PSF offers educational programs and observatory tours for children.
The Franklin Institute Online Museum Educator an award winning site that teaches children about the rock cycle and how to collect rocks and minerals.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a section of their website dedicated to geology with an activity on solving rock and fossil mysteries.
The Rogers Group an Indiana crushed rock producer offers a look at quarry mining and includes information on minerals and experiments to try at home. Click on “our communities,” then on “rockology.”
PBS: NOVA has a website on volcanoes of Hawaii see how they were formed and how geologists monitor them.
Rock Hound Clubs in the West Suburbs of Chicago
The Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois is a club dedicated to rock hounds (young and old) find out about field trips and information on rocks, minerals and fossils especially the Mazon Creek fossils of Illinois.
The West Suburban Lapidary Club is dedicated to lapidary hobbyists. If you are interested in learning how to cut & polish stones and silversmithing this is it!
More information on lapidary sources
Lapidary classes are offered at many park districts, senior centers and community colleges throughout the United States. Check your local listings. Gem City College in Quincy, Illinois is dedicated exclusively to lapidary and jewelry arts.
Gemologists are specially trained professionals who can identify and appraise gemstones. For more information about obtaining a degree in gemology, and jewelry design contact: The Gemological Institute of America or call 1-800-545-6566.
Paragon Book Gallery offers a large selection of books on Asian culture.
The following magazines offer a variety of information on lapidary art, collecting, and rocks and minerals. For lapidary equipment, tools, rough rock and findings check out the listed suppliers. Lapidary clubs can be found worldwide each magazine lists lapidary clubs and upcoming rock & gem shows in the United States and abroad.
Rock & Gem - www.rockngem.com
Lapidary Journal - www.lapidaryjournal.com
Colored Stone - www.colored-stone.com