Delaware mineralogical society

A Delaware 501(c)(3) non-profit earth-science educational organization

 

DMS "Blue Rockers" Junior Group Page

Welcome! As of June 8, 2015, we have revamped our Junior Members Program. Now known as the "DMS Blue Rockers!", our new Junior Chair, Mary Ann Levan, has setup a series of educational advancement contained in  the 'Future Rockhounds of America' Program through the American Federation of Mineralogical and Societies. Specialty age-appropriate fieldtrips will be part of the program. In fact, we just held our first trip on August 4, 2015 to collect fossils at Big Brook, NJ! What fun that was!

We will hold monthly Saturday meetings, usually two hours in length, from 1-3pm. All children and their parents are welcome to see what we are about and join us. Membership is open to all who are interested.

Printable Membership From (.pdf)

"The new DMS youth rock hounding club, the Blue Rockers, have a home at the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) http://www.delmnh.org/

Events 2017

We have been holding meetings designed for the youth members for some time now. These meetings will be on Saturdays from 1 to 3 pm at DMNH (see fall schedule below). The Blue Rocker meetings will be full of fun learning activities designed so our young members can work toward earning badges in the Future Rock Hounds of America program http://www.amfed.org/fra/fra_badge.htm.



Meetings will be run by Mary Ann Levan, Junior Program Chair- assisted by other DMS members. Mary Ann is trained as a scientist and an educator, and has experience teaching in a Montessori school, working as a cub scout leader for over 10 years, and is now employed by the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) as an outdoor educator. She has run “Mining and Minerals” summer camps for DNS, and also helped design geology programs to meet the third grade public school curriculum standards. Combining this experience with the interest and knowledge of “all things rock, mineral and fossil” of the DMS club as a whole, this program has a lot to offer to our young members.

The Blue Rocker meetings are in addition to the usual DMS club meetings. DMS club meetings are on the second Monday of the month; Blue Rocker meetings are on the Saturday just before these Monday meetings. Of course, all youth members are always welcome at the Monday meetings, too.


Blue Rockers Winter-Spring Events Calendar

Tom Pankratz organizes almost all of our field trips. If you are interested in any of these, please email him and cc me.   tjpankratz@verizon.net (Tom), philsince64@gmail.com (Mary Ann)

2017 DMNH meetings resume: .

Saturday January 15, 2017: Meeting CANCELLED for this Saturday!

BLUE ROCKER MEETING CANCELLED; THE WEATHER GODS HAVE SPOKEN!!!

Snow/sleet/ice//slippery roads starting at 1 pm.... is this for real? I am guessing that no one wants to sit with me in a windowless back room of the museum fretting for 2 hours while ice builds up on the roads home today!!! darn it all...

Anyway, I am seriously depressed to have to announce that the stupendous fossil meeting at which we will all make stories about belemnites, create our own fossil casts from molds we create in clay,
and watch a video about the cephalopod relatives of our state fossil will have to be postponed until Saturday February 11 1-3 at DMNH.

Feel free to call me to complain. ;-)

Mary Ann
302 757-4468

Saturday February 11, 2017:

Saturday February 11 for a Blue Rocker meeting at the museum from 1-3 We will be working on a display case for the March show (see below) and covering a few activities related to a new badge (to be determined).

Weekend of March 3-5, 2017:

Plan to work a shift at the March club show, the weekend of March 3-5 (Friday setup, Saturday and Sunday show sales and symposium and breakdown). The club show theme this year is “Quartz, of course”. Last year, the Blue Rockers learned to create a case of specimens to enter into the club show. The case was a big success- it was titled “First Finds”, and showcased the first specimens collected by the junior members. We can do several things this year, so please think about these options: We can do another group case (I would like to) with the quartz theme. You can do your own case with the quartz theme. You can do your own case with any theme that matches your personal collection. If you plan to mount your own case to enter into the show, let Mary Ann and Esther Kerns (she does all of the show case paperwork) know what you are planning so she can save a case for you.    Junior Booth Volunteer Signup Sheet (PDF)


Future Rockhounds of America (FRA) Badge Categories and Incentives

(your illustrious leader just noticed these)

“Future Rockhound”- all junior members of the Delaware Mineralogical Society are automatically enrolled in the national Future Rockhounds of America program and can receive the Future Rockhounds of America patch (just ask Mary Ann if you have not received one).  You are at the future rockhound “level” while earning your first 5 badges.

“Full Rockhound”: junior members graduate to the FRA Honor Roll when they complete 6 of the 20 badges available in the program.  To recognize this accomplishment, they receive a Rockhound Badge and their names are posted on the honor roll within the AFMS website: http://www.amfed.org/fra/honor_roll.htm

“Rock Star”:  Youth who complete all 20 badges are awarded an enameled AFMS cloisonné pin, and are listed here http://www.amfed.org/fra/rock_stars.htm,   as an AFMS/FRA Rock Star!

Remember that you can work on and complete these badges on your own without attending formal Blue Rocker meetings.  Mary Ann has to handle the badge application paperwork for you, but please feel free to work on activities with parents, grandparents, and other helpful rockhounds! 

Blue Rocker Meetings at the Delaware Museum of Natural History will resume in September.  I plan to continue with once a month meetings from 1 to 3 pm, on the Saturday that precedes our 2nd Monday evening general club meeting.  Dates are September 10, October 8, and November 12.  The December meeting will be a Holiday Party on Saturday December 3 from 1 – 4 pm at Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE.  2017 (yikes) dates are January 7 and February 11.  Remember that juniors are invited and very welcome to attend every Monday evening club meeting- feel free to leave the meeting early- we all know that students are busy with school work and extra-curricular activities in the evenings.

Blue Rocker 2015 March Show Exhibit “First Finds”   DMNH chose the Blue Rocker March Show exhibit case (titled, “First Finds”) as one of those to exhibit at the museum.   Helen Bilinski, the museum exhibits manager, worked with junior members to mount their specimens in the beautiful museum exhibit case, where it was on display in April and May.  Helen also installed an auto playing slide show player to showcase Blue Rocker activities to the public.  The exhibit attracted a lot of attention, especially by families with young children.  The museum was so pleased with this exhibit that they would like to have the DMS youth create a display for the museum each year.  If you had a piece or pieces on display in the case, you will get them back from Mary Ann. 

Blue Rocker Assistant Wanted!  All club positions are required to have and work with an assistant.  Let me know if you would be able to help out Mary Ann as Assistant Junior Programs Chair.

This club is open to youth members of the Delaware Mineralogical Society. If you aren’t a member yet, it’s easy to join. Follow this link http://www.delminsociety.net/about/about.htm to the club membership form. For more information about the Blue Rockers Program or the club meetings contact Junior Program Chair Mary Ann Levan at levanma@verizon.net.

You may find photos and special details, as they develop, on our club's Facebook page.