Education for All

Education -- It's Just Who We Are

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club engages in a wide variety of educational activities. It would be fair to conclude that education is our second passion, right after rock-hounding! 

Learn Something New





1/10/24Dr. Carol JonesTourmaline
2/14/24Pete DohmsPayson Area Geology
3/13/24Drake HankinsGold Prospecting
4/10/24Bryan HughesRattlesnake Solutions
5/8/24Bill Freese/Rollo PoolField Trips
6/12/24Club PicnicGood Camaraderie
7/10/24Susan EmberleyFour Peaks (Amethyst) Mining Company
9/11/24Annual Show Chair & VolunteersAnnual Show Last Minute Preparations
10/9/24Show of HomesVisit Fellow Rockhounds
12/4/24Holiday PartyGood Food & Cheer


As described on our Meetings page, we tap the rich experience of Club members and friends of the Club to provide monthly presentations and demonstrations that are of benefit to the members and visitors. If you are interested in providing a demonstration or presentation at one of the Rimstones’ monthly meetings, please let our Vice President know at…

Our members are very generous with their time and expertise, as well, when members and visitors have questions about their own collections. Whenever there is an opportunity, members submit photos and information about rocks they have known and loved, sharing with children and other adults alike what they have learned.

On our Learn Something New page you can find excellent presentations given by Club members. In addition, there is information provided by educator and rock expert Lynne Wheeler.

Community Outreach

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As noted above, the Payson Rimstones Rock Club is engaged in a wide variety of educational activities which includes providing rock/mineral displays in public areas and helping Payson and the surrounding communities obtain educational materials and books related to geology and rock-hounding. We currently support the local Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Public Library, the Pine Public Library and the local schools.

Inspiring and Informing the Young

Children are welcome at monthly meetings. As with the adults, the kids are encouraged to bring in favorite stones and describe them during the sharing activity. Our youngest participating member joined with her family when she was 6-1/2 years old. She especially enjoys the Club field trips, where many of the adults take the time to patiently educate her about the rocks she has found and help her to dig (and carry) the extra heavy ones.

Education Area at the Rimstones Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Each year at the Gem and Mineral Show the Rimstones Rock Club sets aside a room filled with rock-related activities for kids. Preparations begin months ahead. Club members have fun sorting through donated rocks and shells to make jewelry and other prizes for the children who stream through the Kids Corner throughout the event.

One very popular activity in the Kids Corner is the spinning wheel. With each spin a young visitor is able to choose from a stone or piece of jewelry on a color patch that corresponds with their landing color on the wheel. Club volunteers are generous with their time in constructing and staffing the Kids Corner.

Each year at our rock shows a professional geologist makes herself available to answer questions relating to rocks, minerals and fossils.

Photos on this page thanks to Rimstones Rock Club members

Thanks to the Pine and Payson Public Libraries for their Thank You letters!