Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies Charter Member Club

The Rochester Academy of Science Mineral Section has been an organization of individuals who enjoy collecting, studying, or just learning more about minerals since 1884.

 

Mineral Section

of the Rochester Academy of Science

Our Newsletter: RocKester News

Soliciting contributions for the next issue...
Link to e-mail the editor

List of Items in our Club Library

Our Bylaws

 

Annual Rochester Mineralogical Symposium

This world-renowned event takes place each April at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport at 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623.


Feature Article

If you missed Bob Morgan's talk at the 2003 Tucson Mineral Show or at the section meeting in the spring of 2003 (or just wish to see it again), here is your chance! Bob has graciously made his slides and narration notes available for viewing on the Web. Thanks, Bob.

Amazing Pyrite Shapes of Huanzala, Peru


Other Club Events

Science Exploration Days  This annual event at St. John Fisher College Gymnasium, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, 14618.  Each May this event provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate, talk about, and give away minerals to area Junior and Senior ) high school students.  
This year's dates are Thursday May 15 and Friday the 16th, 2014.  We will be setting up from 2-4:00 PM on Thursday, and it will be open to the public from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.   Helpers are also needed for the daytime program on Friday from 9:00 to noon, and after lunch to take down our exhibit.

Annual ADK Outdoor Expo put on by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club at Mendon Ponds Park Beach Area. We will have a booth advertising our club to the public. The next event is Saturday June 14, 2014 from 9 AM to 4 PM..

2013 Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show   October 19 & 20 had to canceled due to the venue suddenly becoming unavailable.

Holiday Dinner Meeting  In December each year.  A special year-end get together and pot-luck dinner.


 Articles

The October 2007 meeting featured Dr. David Bailey, Associate Professor of Geology at Hamilton College, who gave an interesting talk about the Kimberlitic Rocks of New York.   For a summary of this talk, click here!

Barton & Hooper Garnet Mine Field Trip


Contacts
Mineral Website
and General Information mineral(at)rasny.org
Field Trip Coordinators mineraltrips(at)rasny.org


Officers for 2014
President — Open
mineralpres(at)rasny.org

1st Vice President — Stephen Busschaert                                       – mineralvp(at)rasny.org
2nd Vice President — John Diaz
Secretary — Nancy McCann
Treasurer — Paul Dudley

Directors:
    Jerry Colyer
    Open
    Open

Curator Paul Dudley


Recent Additions to our Library:

  • Nature's Garden of Crystals
    Edited by Vandall T. King

  • DVDs of Recent Meeting Speakers:
    October 2012: David Joyce, Collecting at the Engineer Mine in British Columbia.


    November 2012: Vandall King, Understanding Pegmatites so you can find Tourmaline and its Friends

    Rockhounding New York - A Field Guide,
    Robert Beard, 2014
    (New March 2014)
    Guide to Bancroft, Ontario District (New March 2014)
    Field Trips for Snowbirds, Special Issue of Rock & Gem magazine 2013/2014 Snowbird Issue (New March 2014)



 

Events Schedule

Monthly Club meetings are generally on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY.  Our December meeting will be elsewhere, and occasionally we may need to change the date or meeting locations.  This site will list any such changes or updates.

There is no meeting in April due to all the mineralogical excitement created by the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, and we do not meet in July or August


Tuesday October 21– MONTHLY MEETING – 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Downstairs Meeting Room, Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. Our speaker will be David K. Joyce from Newmarket, Ontario will be speaking on "Collecting Minerals in Morocco."  Refreshments and doorprizes. For more info, please contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp(at)rasny.org or 585-288-5683.

Tuesday November 18 – MONTHLY MEETING – 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Downstairs Meeting Room, Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. Dr. David Bailey from Hamilton College will speak on, "New York Pegmatites, Minerals of the Benson Mine Iron Deposit." There will be refreshments and door prizes. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp(at)rasny.org or leave a message at 585-288-5683.


2014 Field Trips

A benefit of Mineral Section membership are the club-sponsored field trips. An advance headcount is required for field trips, and you must be a member to receive field trip details.  

You are only eligible to attend if you have renewed your membership or joined after July 1st of last year.  Use the link below to membership form is attached in case you need to renew.

Sat., April 26th -- Sterling Mine Fluorescent Event - Ogdensburg, NJ - Go to www.uvworld.org for more info & to register. $20 per person, $1.50/pound of material collected. So far, we have 11 people going, and this field trip is filling up fast, so go to website to register ASAP!  After you register, you must let Nancy know at nmccann(at)rochester.rr.com She will then obtain the necessary insurance form for you.

Sat., May 3rd, 6:45am - noon -- Penfield Quarry Open House, 746 Whalen Rd., Penfield, NY. All ages welcome - open to the public! Hard hats (children may wear bicycle helmets), safety glasses, sturdy footware, & long pants required. Expect to find fluorite, calcite, selenite, sphalerite, dolomite, gypsum, galena & fossils.

Sat. May 10th, 9:00 am 'til whenever. Spring Creek, Alden, NY to collect pyritized nodules & fossils, and septarian nodules ("Turtle Rocks"). -- If you are interested, please e-mail John Diaz at scarpete2010(at)yahoo.com and please cc in mineraltrips(at)rasny.org too.

Sat. May 24th, Quadville, Ontario, Canada pegmatite.  AquaRose Rose Quartz Pit and the AquaBeryl Beryl Pit. Dick Phillips, is leading this trip & will be obtaining the permit. All ages welcome, Enhanced NYS Driver's License or Passport needed, Safety Glasses required.  There is a fee to collect at each pit, and $2-$5 per pound for the rose quartz, depending on quality.  Contact Dick Phillips at richardfphillips1(at)verizon.net and please cc in mineraltrips(at)rasny.org too.

To sign up for field trips, or if you have an idea for a field trip, contact mineraltrips(at)rasny.org or any member of the Board of Directors.

If you are not currently a member here is a link to the RAS membership form


2013 Field Trips (partial list)

Wed., April 4th - Thurs., April 5th - Morefield Gem Mine, Amelia, Virginia for amazonite and more. Mine is closed, but club has permission to go in - please e-mail mineraltrips(at)rasny.org for more information.

Sat., April 6th, 9:00am - till -- National Limestone Quarry, Mt. Pleasant Mills, Snyder Co., PA.  Children allowed.  Hard hats (children may wear bicycle helmets), safety glasses, sturdy footware, & long pants required. For strontianite, clear calcite, massive travertine, scant embedded purple fluorite, & green wavellite is also found around the rim. For more info, carpooling, & to sign-up, e-mail mineraltrips(at)rasny.org

Sun., April 7th, 11:00am - till (change to earlier time possible)(pending weather conditions) -- Spring Creek, Alden, NY. For pyritized fossils & nodules. Children welcome. For more info, carpooling, & to sign-up, e-mail John Diaz at scarpete2010(at)yahoo.com

Sat., April 27th -- Sterling Mine Fluorescent Event - Ogdensburg, NJ - Go to www.uvworld.org for more info & to register. $20 per person, $1.50/# of material collected. So far, we have 11 people going, and this field trip is filling up fast, so go to website to register ASAP!  After you register, you must Nancy know at mineraltrips(at)rasny.org.

Sat., May 4th, 6:45am - noon -- Penfield Quarry Open House, 746 Whalen Rd., Penfield, NY. All ages welcome - open to the public! Hard hats (children may wear bicycle helmets), safety glasses, sturdy footware, & long pants required. Expect to find fluorite, calcite, selenite, sphalerite, dolomite, gypsum, galena & fossils. For more info, mineraltrips(at)rasny.org

Sun., June23 Macomb, St. Lawrence Co., NY. – To explore a new site for milky quartz crystals, calcite, and soapstone.

Sat., July 13th - Lockport Lafarge Quarry, Lockport, NY.  We won't be able to confirm this trip until the Wednesday before.  Age 16 & over, only. Hard hat, safety glasses, sturdy boots & long pants required. Unsure what pit we'll be in, or how much mineralized material will be available to us.  Dolomite, selenite, sphalerite, etc.

Sunday, July 21st - Ace of Diamonds for Herkimer "diamonds" quartz crystals.  This is a public site where anyone can go, but it's more fun with friends. www.herkimerdiamonds.com/.  Fossil stromatolites can also be collected at this site.

Saturday July 27 - Sellek Rd. site in St. Lawrence Co. for iron tremolite, dravite tourmaline, and more.

Sun., July 28th - Return to the Town of Macomb collecting site for white quartz crystals in calcite, chalcopyrite & a secondary copper mineral--probably malachite, also mica and graphite flakes.  Also the Valentine wollastonite mine dump, which is famous for blue calcite and epidote and pink feldspar rock known as unikite.


2012 Field Trips

Sunday, June 17th, 10:00am - FIELD TRIP to Ilion Gorge & Fayetteville, NY for travertine and ribbon selenite. Well-supervised children OK. For more info & to sign up, scarpete2010(at)yahoo.com.

Sunday, June 24th, 10:00am - FIELD TRIP to Spring Creek, Alden, NY for pyritized nodules & fossils, and septarian nodules. We'll visit Dick & Jeanne Phillip's rock garden in Tonawanda at 4:00pm. For more info & to sign up, mineralpres(at)rasny.org or 585-395-1713.

Sunday, July 8th - FIELD TRIP to Spring Creek, Alden, NY for pyritized nodules & fossils, and septarian nodules. For more info & to sign up, mineralpres(at)rasny.org or 585-395-1713.

Saturday, August 4th - FIELD TRIP to Lewis Mine near Willsboro, NY for wollastonite studded with diopside and garnet. Drive on Friday, stay overnight to visit quarry 8:00am – ‘til. Well-supervised teenagers allowed. Must have hard hat, safety glasses, sturdy footwear, long pants. For more info & sign up to attend, mineralpres(at)rasny.org or 585-395-1713.

Saturday, August 18th - FIELD TRIP to Barton Garnet Mine CANCELED. Unfortunately the roadway up to the upper pits where we would have gone has been washed out and no collecting will be allowed there this season.

Saturday, August 18th - FIELD TRIP to the Lafarge Lockport Quarry.


2011 Field Trips

Saturday, April 9, National Limestone Quarry, Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA for clear calcite crystals, strontionite, wavellite, and fluorite veins in rock. For more information, mineraltrips(at)rasny.org.

Sunday, May 1 - Marmora Quarry Field Trip, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Stirling-Marmora Rd., Marmora, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. Late arrivals OK. Well-supervised children & power tools allowed. Reflective orange or yellow vest or shirt required. Must have passport or enhanced driver's license. For more info, please e-mail mineraltrips(at)rasny.org

Saturday, May 14 – Penfield Quarry Open House.  For dolomite, calcite, gypsum, sphalerite, fluorite, and galena.  7:00 a.m. to noon.  Penfield quarry on Whalen Road between Atlantic Ave. (Rt 286) and Five-mile Line Road, Penfield.

Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9Walworth Quarry Open House.  Arrive at 6:45 a.m.   Off Atlantic Avenue (Rt. 286) east of Penfield and just west of Rt. 350.  Entrance on Tiffany Road. .


Some Previous Field Trips

Penfield Quarry (Dolomite Products Co., Inc.), Minerals that may be found here are Fluorite, Selenite, Dolomite, Calcite, Sphalerite, Celestine, Gypsum & Fossils.

Herkimer "Diamond" Mine, Herkimer, NY for quartz crystals..

"Diamond" Acres, Fonda, NY for quartz crystals.

Crystal Grove "Diamond" Mine & Campground, St. Johnsville, NY for quartz crystals.

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada area.  

Marmora Quarry (Aecon Corp.), Stirling-Marmora Rd., Marmora Township, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada.

Barton Garnet Mine, North River, NY and the abandoned Hooper Garnet mine. Garnet, gneiss, feldspar, hornblende.  

Lafarge, NA at Lockport (Quarry) -  Minerals usually found there include: Pink-tinged dolomite crystals, calcite crystals, celestine, gypsum (selenite & massive), anhydrite, and marcasite.

Spring Creek, Alden, NY depending on people's preference, for fossils, pyritized fossils & nodules and septarian nodules.

Lewis & St. Lawrence Counties.  Tourmalines, titanite, diopside, graphite, blue calcite, and more.

Bower Powers farm for uvite, quartz & apatite, Pierrepont, St. Lawrence Co., NY.

Meckley's Limestone Products, Inc. Quarry in Mandata, PA

National Limestone Quarry, in Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania for wavellite, calcite & strontianite.

Dolomite Products Co., Inc., Walworth Quarry, Walworth, NY. for dolomite, calcite, gypsum, fluorite, sphalerite, marcasite.

For more information on field trips, contact mineraltrips(at)rasny.org

 

(Last updated October 12, 2014 )