We had an outstanding 2021 field trip season! We enjoyed field trips to 18 different collecting sites in 2021, including fossil sites and our Herkimer Diamond claims in New York, a half dozen sites in Massachusetts, lithium pegmatities in Connecticut and Maine, and 5 mines in New Hampshire, including the famous Ruggles Mine in Grafton.
Worcester Mineral Club 2021 Meeting Schedule
Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 7 pm (In person and on Zoom; stay tuned for the Zoom link)
Everyone is welcome to come attend a monthly meeting and bring your rocks of course! New members can sign-up for full memberships at any meetings.
Meeting Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 440 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA
The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM (except December, it’s the second Tuesday; and no meetings July and August) at Trinity Episcopal Church, 440 Main Street, Shrewsbury. Trips to collecting sites, museums, and special events are planned throughout the year.
The meetings generally consist of a short business agenda followed by an educational or informative program. Programs presented may be speakers often with slides, specimens, or other visual aids, films, or demonstrations.
Speakers talk on a variety of topics and range from our own club members with experiences or expertise to share to prominent researchers that work in an Earth science field. Children’s educational programs and activities are planned for meetings as interest arises. There are door prizes drawn at the meetings. Refreshments are available. In addition, everyone is encouraged to bring in specimens or their lapidary work to display to the members.
MEETING CANCELLATIONS: In the event we need to cancel a meeting due to weather conditions, we will send an email notification. You may also call one of the club officers if you are unsure about a meeting’s status.
As of November 15, 2021, Field trips are over for the year!
**Masks and social distancing are required on all club-sponsored trips.
**There may be a check by the trip leader for conformance; if you are missing required safety equipment, you may be turned away.
**No dogs allowed unless explicit prior permission has been requested and granted by the land owner.
Ten Important Things You Need on Mineral Collecting Field Trips:
1. Heavy duty work gloves, work boots, appropriate clothing.
2. Protective eye and head gear.
3. Small pry bar.
4. Crack hammer & baby sledge.
5. First aid kit
6. Water & food.
7. Bug spray and sun screen.
8. Chisel (regular & bull point).
9. Rags or newspaper to wrap your finds.
10. A large backpack or 5 gallon bucket to put it all in!!
(Note: Depending on the geology and conditions other tools may be needed)
To view a video on field trip Covid safety, click here:
Sterling Hill Mine – Ogdensburg, NJ
Ruggles Mine – Grafton, NH., Historic File