Remember when you used to love to dig in the dirt? Join the Central Oregon Rock Collectors and relive the experience!
The Central Oregon Rock Collectors (CORC) are a group of diverse individuals interested in collecting rocks and minerals and increasing their knowledge and enjoyment of their hobby. Our rock club serves the Central Oregon communities of Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, Sisters, Sunriver, La Pine, and beyond. We welcome guests and new members to our monthly meetings!
The club meets on the third Wednesday of every month from March through October at the Redmond, Oregon Senior Center located at 325 NW Dogwood Avenue at 7:00 pm with the exception of July or August when CORC has its annual picnic. In November, CORC has its annual holiday party. The club does not meet from December through February.
Monthly meetings include a discussion of organized field trips, club business and door prize drawings for donated rocks and minerals. New members and guests are always welcome!
Monthly presentations have included the following topics:
✓ Collections of specific rocks and minerals including fluorite, barite, and fluorescent minerals
✓ How to catalog and document your collection
✓ Descriptions of collecting sites in Oregon and beyond that have been visited by club members
✓ Demonstrations and discussions of lapidary techniques
Rockhounding Field Trips are on the weekend and are posted on the calendar. Trips have included the following:
✓ Collecting petrified wood at Bear Creek and Sweet Home, Oregon
✓ Collecting thunder eggs at Richardson’s Rock Ranch
✓ Guided tour of the Wildcat and Crooked River calderas with Ochoco National Forest geologist
✓ Multi-day trips collecting sunstones in Plush, Oregon and Virgin Valley opal in Nevada
Members receive a monthly newsletter which covers general information regarding club activities along with specific details regarding field trips, special events and monthly presentations. Members are also enrolled in the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies and receive the Federation newsletter.
Annual membership dues are only $20 for individuals and $25 for families. Join us!