Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


By Steven Wade Veatch

Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society Pebble Pup Jamie Weise and Earth Science Scholar Blake Reher, also a member of the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club, were exhibitors at the 10th Western Interior Paleontological Society’s Founders Symposium, March 4-5, 2017 at the Green Center on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines.  Jamie entered a case that featured a fossil fish he excavated in Wyoming.

Jamie Wise stands in front of his case. This is the first exhibit he has done. Photo by S. W. Veatch.
Blake designed a case that had a variety of fossils he collected or are a part of his collection.  Blake’s case included a specimen of the carbonized wood found in an igneous rock from Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Blake Reher, is a senior Earth Science Scholar. 
He is a member of the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club 
and the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society. Photo by S. W. Veatch.

View of Blake Reher’s case. Each specimen is carefully staged inside of the case along with 
several props that add interest. Blake included the logos of the two clubs he is a member 
of promote their Pebble Pup programs. Photo by S. W. Veatch

The symposium’s theme was the Morrison Formation and its multi-colored sandstones, mudstones and conglomerates that entombed some of the classic dinosaurs of the Jurassic along with the plants and invertebrates that shared their North American home.  The next Founders Symposium will be in 2019. 

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.