“The Bitterroot Gem and Mineral Society was founded in 1983 and follow a Code of Ethics as well as Federation policies. Montana is home to 6 Gem and Mineral Clubs. ‚Äč ”

Club Meetings

We like meeting new people so feel free to visit any meeting or event. Annual Membership fees: Individuals are $10 and Families are $20. You can pay dues at any meeting or mail them to: Bitterroot Gem and Mineral Society P.O. Box 942, Hamilton, MT

Past Events

May 12, 2022

Monthly Meetings

We hold General Meetings once a month on the second Thursday of each month from March through September starting at 6:30 p.m. and during the winter months between October and February, we hold our meetings on the second Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Guests and visitors are welcome at any meeting or function. P.S. The Junior Club meetings are 30 minutes prior to the regular meetings. They study specimens and work on earning badges. Anyone can join in the fun at anytime! All ages are encouraged to attend.

May 1, 2022

Field Trip Schedule 2022

BGMS Field Trips Spring & Summer 2022


April – Still too much snow in the higher Elevations and very Muddy in the slightly lower ones



7          (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Lincoln MT, for Agate & Jasper.

18-22   (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Blue Forrest WY, for Agate, Jasper, Petrified Wood, & Fossils.

21–22   We will go with the Bozeman Club to Ruby Reservoir for Garnet gravel. A full day over

near Dillon.  When it the time gets closer, we will let everyone know the time and where to

meet.  (from Ed.)


4-5       (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Dillon MT, for Agate, Jasper, Petrified Wood, Opal, Fossils, Soapstone, Garnet, Ore Minerals

12        We will go to Cramer Creek MT. I will lead and send out directions and meet times a week

            prior to the email list.  Collecting Jasper, Agate, Petrified Wood, etc.

18        (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Emerald Creek ID, for Star Garnets.

25        We will go to Crystal Mountain Fluorite Mine up the Rye Creek Road south of Darby as arranged by Jason Frison.


2        We will either go to the Idaho side of Lolo pass for crystals etc. , or Strawberry Butte for

Topaz.  I am still researching.  If Strawberry Butte I will lead, Lolo Pass TBD.

9         Destination is TBD - Lead by Geologist John Boyd

16        We will go with (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to 8 mile Creek, for Gold. We will have

the time and meeting place sent a week prior to the trip.

TBD    Calvert Hill – Red Button Mine  Exact Date to be determined . Ed or I will lead.


15-19   There are 4 sites in the area to be checked out.  There is camping at Bitterroot lake. If you

would like to stay there you will need reservations.  Ed / Pam will lead

The Sites are: 

      1; Bitterroot lake

      2; Is a 2 hour Drive up Libby Creek to the National Gold Panning Park.

          (This is a  recreational Gold Panning Park.)

      3; Olney to look for Limonite Pyrite Cubes.

      4; East Glacier looking for Fossils.

27        (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Painted Rocks, looking for Thundereggs


7-12     We will go with (Hellgate – Missoula Club) Going to Challis ID for Geodes, Agate, Jasper,

Calcite, fluorite. We will have the time and meeting place sent a week prior to the trip.


TBD    Lincoln Mt, Jasper, Agate.  Either Doug or I will lead




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