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If you are a rockhound looking for field trips & information on collecting locations, please also join Texas Rockers, here's the link: http://www.meetup.com/Texas-Rockers/
If you are also interested in joining a club in Houston that has regular meetings, educational opportunities and a clubhouse with lapidary equipment, please visit the Houston Gem & Mineral Society website to learn about how to become a member of that wonderful group: http://www.hgms.org/
History of this group:
The Houston Rockhounds Meetup group started off as a Meetup group for the Houston Gem & Mineral Society (HGMS), which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to study in the areas of earth sciences and related fields and arts. You can learn more about HGMS, including how to become a member, at their website: http://www.hgms.org/ . As of February-2012, after a decision by HGMS to revert to using their main website & newsletter as the primary sources of information and communication, this Meetup group made a transition to become a broader spectrum rockhounding group & the name was changed to Houston Rockhounds. Several group members are still active with HGMS, including members and group administrators who either serve on the board or as a chairperson for HGMS. And, there may still be some HGMS events that they will choose to share with us via this Meetup group.
A sister Meetup group of Houston Rockhounds is Texas Rockers. Although the Texas Rockers group is based out of Wimberley, Texas, there are members of that group who live in many different cities and field trips are held in a variety of places. If you live in the Houston area and have searched for a rockhounding group through Meetup.com, the out of the area groups were probably not in your search results. Yet, as you are most likely aware, you will have to travel at least 2-3 hours from Houston if you want to collect something besides fossilized wood, sharks teeth, oysters, etc. It is currently difficult to maintain Meetup events/field trips on multiple sites. So, until Meetup comes up with an easier way to “share” events, I can only maintain details & manage attendance, etc. for field trips on one site. So, if you are interested in field trips, please take a moment to join Texas Rockers. There is no fee to join J. Here’s the link: http://www.meetup.com/Texas-Rockers/