For Kids

Glass Fishies from a Field Trip, Image credit: Lori Carter

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The Juniors Year in Rocks Contest 2025

SFMS Juniors - There is a special contest just for you! The challenge is to spell out the year 2025 in rocks, fossils, minerals, beads or other lapidary items - even sand! Then you must provide information about what each element in your picture is plus a bit more, for example where you got it, how it formed, how old a fossil is, etc.

The winning entry will be displayed on the Officers Contact List page all year! Have a look at the winning entry from 2024 submitted by Yanni (click here).

For more information about the contest click here.

The SFMS is a federation within the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS). The AFMS has a website just for kids (and parents)! 

Many SFMS clubs participate in these programs.  

Click below to have a look at the juniors programs that the AFMS offers.

AFMS Future Rockhounds of America (FRA)

There are several programs within the FRA including the Badge Program and the Rock Pals rock exchange. 

This a wonderfully fun and educational opportunity for SFMS juniors!

Click here for more information about the FRA

AFMS Junior Awards and Contests!

Click here for more details

AFMS Juniors Newsletter!

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Glass Fishies from a Field Trip

A local glass studio invited club members to visit for a field trip. One member who had taken classes there before was also invited to make a fish! The fish on the left is what the teacher made as field trip attendees watched. The club member followed along and made the fish on the right. Though she made a few mistakes, the club member was thrilled to work with glass and still rather pleased with her fish.

Image Credit: Lori Carter