2017 Mid Michigan Rock Club Show

November 4th and 5th
​FREE Admission
NOTE: No food concessions are available at the show.
Saturday (11/4/2017) 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday (11/5/2017) 10 am – 4 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:
10:30 AM - Sand: Many Types and Many Places with Tyler Thompson
11:30 AM - What is a Fossil? with Alex Iwanow
1:30 PM   - Identifying Your Beach Rocks with Randy Kursinsky
2:30 PM   - Earth Rocks! and So Do Minerals! with Pam Kirchoff
3:30 PM   - Odd Rocks with John Copp
12:00 PM - Sand: Many Types and Many Places with Tyler Thompson
1:00 PM   - Geodes with Deb Young
2:00 PM   - Fossils of the Michigan Basin with Paleo Joe Kchodl
3:00 PM   - Earth Rocks! and So Do Minerals! with Pam Kirchoff
Sand: Many Types from Many Places – Tyler Thompson will help you understand sand is not as simple as you might think. It can be made of many different materials and comes in many sizes and shapes. Tyler will describe 10 or more different types of sand and where they come from. 
What is a Fossil? – Alex Iwanow will provide general information about what fossils are and the different types of fossils. Many fossils will be displayed. 
Identifying Your Beach Rocks – 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.  
Earth Rocks! And so do Minerals! – Pam Kirchoff will provide a brief overview of geological science. The emphasis will be on Earth structure, the composition of geological materials, their formation, occurrence, and uses. 
Odd rocks – John Copp will provide information about odd rocks. 
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. 
Fossils of the Michigan Basin – PaleoJoe will provide a look at the fossils that can be found right here beneath our feet in Michigan. Corals, Crinoids, Bryozoans, Oh my! Learn where you can to find these prehistoric treasures. 
Special Kids 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. 
Kids 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.