Fossilized Coral, Image Credit: Bonnie Hird
(See more about this image below)
Instructions for adding/updating a club pin
Clubs can fill out and submit the form above to have a pin added/updated to the SFMS map. The information must be verified by the state director before a pin can be added/updated. The following are needed for the pin:
Meeting Location (can be city, state if the club does not have a consistent meeting location)
Physical Mailing Address
Website (leave blank if not applicable)
Facebook Page (leave blank if not applicable)
The following information is also included to help people learn about your club:
Youth Activities (Y/N) - Does your club have a group and/or activities for children and teens?
Rock Pals (Y/N) - Does your club participate in the AFMS Rock Pals program where juniors trade rocks and fossils with juniors in other Rock Pals clubs?
FRA Club (Y/N) - Does your club participate in the AFMS Future Rockhounds of America program for juniors?
Lapidary Workshop (Y/N) - Does your club have a lapidary workshop or access to a lapidary workshop for club members?
Field Trips (Y/N) - Does your club provide field trips for your members?
Rock Show (Y/N) - Does your club have a rock show?
Educational Outreach (Y/N) - Does your club participate in community events, STEM events, school events, or other educational events?
You will have to provide an email address so the state director can contact you. Once you submit the form, please allow 1 to 2 weeks for your state director to review the information.
About the image on this page
The West Virginia state rock is coal and the state fossil is giant sloth. But oddly enough, the official state gem is not a gem, but a fossil - fossilized coral; in particular, Mississippian age Lithostrotionella, a colonial coral. Highly silicified samples can be cut and polished as this beautiful specimen demonstrates. No wonder it was selected as the state gem.
Image Credit: Bonnie Hird