2017 Summer Picnic

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tieton City Park
608 Mapleway Rd,
Tieton, WA 98947

We would like to thank everyone for coming out and bringing all the great dishes.  The hot dogs were wonderful, the children had fun, and great conversation was shared by all.  We would, also, like to thank the City of Tieton for accommodation at the park.

2018 NFMS 80th Anniversary Show & Convention Hosted by Yakima Rock & Mineral Club

80th Anniversary Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies Show & Convention 2018

& “Parade of Gems” Show

Hosted by Yakima Rock & Mineral Club, Inc.

Friday, April 27th, 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, April 28th, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, April 29th, 10 am – 4 pm

Adults $4.00
Students $2.00
Children under 14 free with adult paid admission
Free parking


Raffle for over thirteen grand prizes
Hourly Door Prizes
Children’s Activities
Silent Auctions
Grab Bags of Polished Stones
Wheel of Fortune – Every spin a winner!

Private Collectors Exhibits
Rock, Mineral & Fossil Dealers
Jewelry, Gems, and Bead Dealers
Rock, Mineral, Fossil and Lapidary Art Displays
NFMS Display Competitions
Jewelry Making Demonstrations
Jewelry Making Competition

Join The Fun:

Flint Knapping Classes & Demonstrations
Wire Gem Tree Clases
Metalsmith Classes with pre-registration
Cabochon Making Classes
Gold Panning Demonstration

Guest Speakers:

Nick Zentner – Central WA University and the PBS series “Nick On The Rocks,” (Where nationally recognized geologist Nick Zentner leads viewers on armchair adventures through Washington’s diverse landscapes).  Science outreach and education coordinator for the Department of Geological Sciences at Central Washington University.  2015 recipient of the prestigious James Shea Award, a national award recognizing exceptional delivery of Earth Science content to the general public.

Pat McMahan – Lifelong rockhound, and collector of one of the most comprehensive collections of sagenite, plume, and banded agate in the world held in his “Muesum of Agates” in Arizona.  Contributing author to “Rock and Gem Magazine: and the German magazine, “Mineralien Welt”, and was a contributing writer on the topic of agates with inclusions in Johann Zenz’s authoritative book, “Agates II”.  Pat has finished a beautiful book which exhibits his finest agates.  The book is called “Agates”, The Pat McMahan Collection.”  His signed book will be available for viewing and purchase. http://agateswithinclusions.com

Bruce Bjornstad – Former Sr. Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (P.N.N,L.)  Presentation on ice-age floods.

Special Attractions:

North American Research Group (NARG)
The North American Research Group (NARG) – Displaying “Bernie” the Reptile Sea Monster, with many other fossil specimens, fossil Identification, and their 3-D Printer.

image of Liberty WA wire gold from Rice MuseumThe Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
The Rice Museum has agreed to display part of their rare Liberty Washington wire gold collection.  The Liberty area has produced some of the largest and finest specimens of crystallized wire gold in the world.  We are truly honored to be able to include their display in our 2018 show.

Audie Turner Petrified Wood Collection
Now housed at the geology dept. at Central Washington University.

Wenas Mammoth Foundation – Mobile Education Unit

Space Needle Replica – Made of petrified wood & gem stones by Puyallup Valley Gem & Mineral Club, Inc.

Paleontology Demonstrations

Rare Ancient Ammonites from Canada

Peck’s T-Rex Skull Fossil – Displayed by Doug & Janette True


business card image P & D Agatebus. card image of Granite Mountain Nature GalleryFine Selection of International Minerals, Huge Selection of Polished Madagascar Products.
bus. card image of Rockin' RosesIdaho Star Garnets, rough & slab rocks.bus. card image of A Point In TimeWe carry meteorites, stone tools, replica artifacts, and unique jewelry.
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Modern Living Building & Pioneer Hall
Central Washington State Fair Park
1301 S. Fair Avenue, Yakima, WA

Parade of Gems Yakima Show

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Google MapsGet Directions

For out-of-town guests, The Best Western Plus Ahtanum Inn is officially our host hotel. 2408 Rudkin Road Yakima, WA 98903  1-800-348-9701

2015 Spring Auction

5:30 p.m. Donations & Setup

  • Rough lapidary material
  • Lapidary equipment & tools
  • Jewelry – pendants, rings, and bracelets
  • Bolo ties & belt buckles
  • Fossils
  • Motors
  • Shelf specimens
  • Lapidary
  • Magazines/Books
  • Anything else hobby related in good condition

6:00 p.m. Viewing

7:00 p.m. Auction



2015 Holiday Potluck

Saturday, December 19thHoliday Potluck 2015
Central Lutheran Church
16th Avenue and Chestnut, Yakima

Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Dressing &
Gravy will be provided by Trustees
Cider & Coffee provided by the Club
Served at Noon

Please bring your table service (plate, fork knife, spoon & cup)…
And either a: Hot dish & dessert
Or a
Hot dish & side dish
(Serving utensils too, please!)

Children and adults are invited to participate in the gift exchange game, just bring a wrapped gift that is hobby related, under $10.00.
Expect a call in the event weather causes a cancellation.

Caravan to Saddle Mountain 2013

The YR&M Club will have a field trip to collect
petrified wood at Saddle Mountain on October 19th.
The caravan will leave the Kmart parking lot at 9
a.m. sharp.

This is an hour trip with no services, so be
gassed up and ready to go. Bring food, water, and
light dig tools. This is a good one for the children.
For details see the October 2013 Newsletter or contact us.