25th Annual Mid Michigan Rock Club Show

November 3th and 4th, 2018
​FREE Admission
Door Prizes will be drawn throughout both days
NOTE: No food concessions are available at the show.
Saturday (11/3/2018) 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday (11/4/2018) 10 am – 5 pm
Chippawa Nature Center
400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI 48640
MMRC Show Chair:
Contact Deb Young at (989) 245-0343 or send an email to mmrcrockclub@yahoo.com for more information.
Presentation Schedule and Descriptions:

11:00 AM - Improve Rock Identification with Testing with John Copp

1:00 PM   - Beach Rock Identification with Randy Kursinsky

2:00 PM   - Petoskey Stones and Related Fossils with John Hodgson

3:00 PM   - Rocks and Minerals for Webelos and Everybody Else with Pam Kirchoff


11:00 AM - Geodes with Deb Young

1:00 PM   - Gold & Silver and How to Identify in Jewelry with Dean Hollsworth

2:00 PM   - Fossils of Lost Lake Wyoming with Paleo Joe Kchodl

3:00 PM   - Rocks and Minerals for Webelos and Everybody Else with Pam Kirchoff

Improve Rock Identification with Testing – John Copp will demonstrate how to run 4 important physical property tests (hardness, streak, magnetism, and specific gravity) using everyday household items. These tests will help you identify rocks that may look the same, but have different physical properties. 

Beach Rock Identification – Randy Kursinsky will provide a display and slide show of common beach rocks found on Great Lakes beaches. Plus, items you may mistake for rocks. He will help you identify the cool stuff you find while beach combing.  

Petoskey Stones and Related Fossils – John Hodgson will focus on Petoskey Stones and other fossils found in the same area, including horn coral and Favosite (Charlevoix Stone). He will provide tips on how and where to find these fossils, along with polishing methods. Each child attending will be allowed to select a fossil stone of their choice. 

Rocks and Minerals for Webolos and Everybody Else – Pam Kirchoff will provide a brief overview of geological science. The emphasis will be on structure, composition of geological materials, their formation, occurrence and uses. Examples and minerals will be available to examine. 

Geodes – Deb Young will help you understand what geodes are and how they are formed. Information on where to find geodes and examples of geodes found in central KY will be provided. 

Gold & Silver and How to Identify in Jewelry – Dean Hollsworth will present methods of identification of gold and silver jewelry and bullion. He will show what markings to look for on items and give examples of fakes vs real.

Fossils of Lost Lake Wyoming – Spectacular new discoveries give us a new view of the ancient world from 50 million years ago in what is now Southwestern Wyoming. Joe Kchodl will discuss the forces that caused the catastrophes that destroyed an entire ecosystem, what fossils can be found there, and what they can tell us.

Special Children's Events:
We will have a scavenger hunt througout the rock show. This will allow kids to gather information related to rocks and rock hunting. This activity will be tailored to include items that could help Scouts earn Geology badges. There will also be a rock dig where kids will be able to dig for rocks and fossils they will be able to keep. There will be educational programs presented during the show. Currently, there are presentations planned for fossils, agates, geodes, and beach rocks. More events  and presentations are being planned. 
Children's Exhibits:
We are inviting rock collectors under the age of 16 to put together a small exhibit or display of some of the rocks and/or fossils that they have collected. Pre-registration is required before October 21st and can be completed by sending the required information in an email to mmrcrockclub@yahoo.com with "Exhibit Pre-Registation" in the subject line. All exhibiters pre-registration email must include exhibiter name, display theme, display size, and contact information (phone number or email address). We will not accept items for display that have not been pre-registered.  
  1. Rock collectors must be 16 years of age or younger to participate.
  2. Only items collected by the exhibiter should be included. Purchased items will not be accepted.
  3. The  display should have a theme ("Rocks I collected on Lake Michigan beaches", "Green Rocks", "Fossils of MI", "Quartz Rocks", "Rocks I Polished", "Funny Shaped Rocks", etc.).
  4. Base display size should be no greater that 11” x 16”. This is the size of a typical cardboard open flat for canned goods. These flats should work well as a base, but other medium can be used.
  5. Display must include collector’s name, age, collection title, and school. If possible or appropriate, label individual items.
  6. Displays must be dropped off to MMRC show volunteer staff at the Chippewa Nature Center on Friday (November 3) between 5 and 6PM or Saturday (November 4) between 8 and 10AM.
  7. Displays can be picked up after the show at the Chippewa Nature Center on Sunday (November 5) between 3 and 5pm or at the next MMRC club meeting on Tuesday, November 7th at 7PM.
  8. ​All participants will receive a small gift from the Mid-Michigan Rock Club.
  9. MMRC and the Chippewa Nature Center are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.