Rock Clubs

The following is a list of the clubs in the Portland metro area.

  • North America Research Group – Paleontology focus group This groups main focus includes paleontology, paleobotany and more with for the area of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and beyond, They promote scientific research, discovery and education.
  • Clackamette Mineral and Gem Club of Oregon City - logo.Clackamette Mineral and Gem of Oregon City, Oregon: The Clackamette Mineral and Gem Club (CMGC) in Oregon City, Oregon, focus on educational programs, workshops, events, and field trips to learn about the lapidary arts and earth sciences. CMGC was established in 1963 and continues to promote interest in the lapidary arts and earth sciences through collecting gems, education, sharing and presentation of their annual Rock and Gem Show.
  • Columbia-Willamette_Faceters_Guild_logo.Columbia Willamette Faceters Guild: The Columbia-Willamette Faceter’s Guild was established in 1973 and currently has over 200 active members worldwide. The focus of the guild is on gemstones, specifically the identification, photography, and cutting and faceting of precious gems.
  • Moot Hood Rock Club.Mount Hood Rock Club – Gresham, Oregon: Serving the Gresham area of Oregon, this club was founded in 1952 for the purpose of bringing together those interested in collection and identification of rocks, gems, minerals, petrified wood, and fossils. Many club members study lapidary skills required to cut, grind, and polish these into beautiful display pieces or jewelry. The club has regular meetings and field trips to area locations and local mines.
  • Oregon Agate and Mineral Society.OAMS – Oregon Agate & Mineral Society: Formed in 1933 with 12 rock hobbyists in the laboratory of one of the founders, the club’s charter is to promote the rock hobby and educate those interested in learning about the lapidary arts, collecting, and enjoying natural geological treasures. The club meets regularly and leads many field trips and workshops around the Oregon area. Some OAMS members invented the tools used for cutting and polishing rocks,including the first diamond-blade rock saws and high-speed sander. The club was also instrumental in the formation of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the OMSI Hancock Field Station, and they formed the Thomas J. Bones Foundation Trust in 1983 to fund students to attend summer programs at Hancock Field Station.