“We love mineralogy, geology, rockhounding, paleontology, lapidary arts — anything related to rocks! We are dedicated to learning, exploring, sharing, and educating others so they can enjoy earth science as much as we do.”

Club Meetings

We meet the first Thursday of each month. We enjoy an educational presentation by a guest speaker and sharing finds with fellow rockhounds.

Field Trips

We go on several single day and multi-day field trips each year — surface hunting or digging.

Rock Shows

Our annual rock show is the first weekend in May. There are other rock shows in Montana and Wyoming too!

Past Events

Jun 13, 2021

Bear Canyon Field Trip

Our last trip was a big hit so we are going again! This field trip is only for members of the Billings Gem & Mineral Club so refer to the trip info emailed June 2nd. Be sure to let Greg Thorson know you are coming so waits for you at the rendezvous point. As always, pack your own water, lunch, and snacks.

Jun 3, 2021

Agates of the Paleozoic Era

June’s presentation is on agates formed in the Pennsylvanian Limestone 245–300 million years ago during the Paleozoic Era. The focus is on Bear Canyon, Dryhead, HooDoo, Teepee Canyon, Fairburn, and others. Come see beautiful specimens of these agates and learn where they can be found.

Doug True and his wife, Jeanette, are longtime members of the Billings Gem and Mineral Club. Doug has held various leadership positions in the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, American Land Access Association, and the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies, in addition to our local club. He is a well-known expert on agates, minerals, fossils, and geology in general.

Main photo is of a Bear Canyon agate found by a club member on a recent field trip.

May 1, 2021

2021 Billings Gem & Fossil Show

May 1–2, 2021
Saturday May 1 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday May 2 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fun for the whole family includes:

  • Vendors of Jewelry, Gems, Fossils, Crystals, and other rocks
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Silent Auction
  • Kids’ Activities
  • Display Exhibits

Admission at Door*
$5.00/adult (12 and over) for 2-day pass
Free Tote Bag for your treasures!
(One tote bag per paid admission while supplies last.)
Note: No $100 bills please.

Children under 12: Free
Each child receives 5 FREE Activity Tickets ($5 value)
(Additional Kids’ Activity Tickets $1.00 each)

*Note: Facebook requires that we provide a link to buy tickets but we don’t offer them online. Our apologies if you landed here with that intention!

Mexican food truck

COVID-19 Safety Precautions
We are taking the following steps to keep you and your family safe at the show:

  • Plexiglass sneeze guards in place for transactions
  • Disinfectant available throughout the auditorium
  • Health issues? We recommend Sunday 10 am – 12 noon as our slowest hours

We respectfully request your help by:

  • Practicing social distancing while at the show
  • Not touching anything at the show unless you buy it
  • Monitoring your children to behave safely

Please Note: Safety precautions may be altered as we get closer to show dates.


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