ABOUT OUR CLUB
We are a incorporated non-profit organization which is lead by a volunteer-based board of directors.
Meetings. These are held monthly, on the third Friday of each month, .
Meetings are held from 7pm to approximately 9pm depending on speaker presentations. The format is normally a short club business section then the presentation If time allows this is followed by show and tell, and ending with social time and rock chat. Presentations cover a wide range of topics. Past presentations have included
- Geologic Exploration of the Planets with a NASA Program Scientist with the Mars Exploration Program (MEP)
- opal mining in Australia
- making mosaics
- mining Herkimer diamonds
Come to a meeting and enjoy being entertained, everyone is welcome to come check us out. Meetings are held in-person at the T.B. Costain/S.C. Johnson Community Centre at 16 Morell St., Brantford Ontario or via Zoom. Please click here for more information on our Meetings
Newsletter. The Telephone City Crystal, is published January through to June then from September to December and will be emailed to all current members and will be available on our website. Our Newsletters cover a wide range of topics from local minerals and collecting sites to Canadian and World collecting site, how to articles, member trips and so much more. Click here for our current Please click here for past issues of our Newsletter
Workshop is located just outside of Paris Ontario.* This has been relocated and revamped in January 2023. Please click here for more information about our Workshop
*Open to members only a small fee is required.
Field Trips Members have access to lots of these*. We run some of our own mineral collecting field trips and members also have access to other club field trips and CCFMS(The Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies) trips as well. We run trips geared to beginners and families as well as trips for the hard core rockhounds. These trips allow members access to many sites where the general public is not allowed such as quarries and private property. Additionally, the club runs some trips that are lead by geologists and other experts in this field. Once or twice a year we do trips to museums such as the ROM and Stones and Bones. Please click here for past and possible field trip sites
*All field trips trips are first come first serve and some fill up very fast. Notice of a planned trip is sent to all members via e-mail and published to this website.
Gem and Mineral show This is an annual event held in early April at the Paris Fairgrounds. It is always very well attended with many local vendors as well as vendors from across Ontario and the country, even few from the USA. Everything is available under one roof, Jewelry, Specimens, Fossils, interactive displays for children like the great mining adventure, discovering fossil fish with the University of Waterloo. We feature club displays and demonstrations and a silent auction. You can pick up amazing deals, the Silent auction is held as an outlet for members to sell their specimens, finished items and anything else related to our hobby. Please click here for more info on our Club Gem and Mineral Show.
Membership yearly fees are $30 for individuals or $35 for a family and are active from the beginning of January to the end of December. New members are always welcome*. First visit is free. You can sign up at a meeting, the workshop or by filling out our Membership Form Come out to one of our meetings and check us out.
Please note until further notice all covid-19 protocols must be adhered to, for your safety and others.