Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


By Steven Wade Veatch

John Rakowski and Steven Veatch took the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club’s Pebble Pups out in the field near Taryall, Colorado on March 18. This kicked off the 2017 fieldtrip season for the club’s Pebble Pup group. The parents enjoyed lively discussions while the Pebble Pups scoured the countryside looking for specimens.

John Rakowski, a Pebble Pup leader, is demonstrating the use 
of a pick to the eager group of Pebble Pups.  Photo by S. W. Veatch.
Everyone found something, especially magnetite specimens. Other finds included milky quartz and feldspar crystal groups. For some of the pups this was their first experience hunting for specimens in the outdoors.

This group of excited Pebble Pups are ready for anything. 
At their last Pebble Pup class they were taught field 
collection techniques. Photo by S. W. Veatch

Welcome! This is the gateway to adventure and discovery

Through this blog pebble pups and junior members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society can access their lessons, work on assignments and projects, and receive details about field trips in the Pikes Peak Region. This Internet program is also suitable for young people who are interested in Earth science but do not live near a rock club or gem and mineral society or for young people anywhere who want a deeper dive into these topics. The only requirement is that all participants must be members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and must fill out the CSMS membership form (under important websites) and send their registration and membership fee in. Steven Veatch is the senior instructor and will need an email from you with your name, address, phone number, and permission from your parents to participate in this program.