Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Program Description

This blog is for the use of the  Ppebble Pups and Junior Members (Earth Science Scholars) of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society (CSMS) and the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club (LGGMC). The Pebble Pup and Junior Member program (Earth Science Scholars) includes a monthly presentation or activity and a quarterly merit badge project that will be delivered entirely through the Internet via this blog.

A paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver on October, 30, 2013.  Click here to see the abstract of the paper/presentation

The live CSMS classes meet the third Thursday of each month during the academic school year (September through May). Here are the meeting times for each group:
  • Pebble Pups and  (age 5-12) Junior Members [Earth Science Scholars] (age 12-17) meet from  5:30 pm to 6:15 pm
All CSMS classes are held at the Colorado Springs Senior Center.

The live LGGMC classes meet the third Wednesday of each month during the academic school year from 6 pm to 6:45 pm.   All classes are held at the Pikes Peak Historical Society's Museum in Florissant just past the intersection of Highway 24 and Teller County 1 (just a bit south on Teller 1 toward Cripple Creek on the right).

Each quarter there is a separate posting with information about the merit badge and the requirements to earn that badge.  All instructions for earning the merit badge will be posted on the merit badge page.  The merit badge work will be accomplished entirely by the Internet.  Sometimes it will be necessary to mail the materials to the junior member /pebble pup. Occasionally we will have a guest pebble pup's research posted on this blog.

There are 15 merit badges that can be earned.  After six are earned the pebble pup or junior will receive a Rockhounding Badge and certificate as a mark of accomplishment and distinction.

The merit badge program of guided activities are in these areas:
  • Rocks and minerals
  • Earth resources
  • Fossils
  • Lapidary arts
  • Field trips
  • Gold panning and prospecting
  • Collecting
  • Showmanship
  • Earth in space
  • Rocking on the Computer
Each quarter we will work on one of the above fields or new ones as they are added.

Supplementary activities are available to those students who want a "deeper dive" in the wonders of Earth science.  Please let me know. Many of the members of this group have worked on independent research projects and their papers were published by magazines and newspapers.  Several have earned national and regional awards in science writing.

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.