Welcome to The Reno Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.

The Reno Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. (RGMS) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation, organized for the purpose of creating, developing, and encouraging interest in earth sciences, as well as gem and mineral hobbies.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Reno Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. is to create, develop, and encourage interest in the Earth Sciences and to locate and identify various material through field trips. As a 501(C)(3) corporation RGMS qualifies for donation
write-offs of cash and materials. Donation receipts are available at the society's headquarters.

President's Message

Welcome to our website. As the President of the Reno Gem and Mineral Society, Inc., I am proud of our growth the last 3 years. We are expanding our building, new classrooms, new equipment, and opportunities. Our Mission statement is above. Our goal is to advance the education in geology and earth sciences and we offer a children’s program on one Saturday a month where they can learn and earn badges. We love to share finds with new members, where to go, and what to do with those finds. You need only have an interest in rocks, not be an expert or a geologist. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at Baldini’s upstairs at 7PM.

What We Offer

The Reno Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.'s objective is sharing the enjoyment and education of all earth science related activities.


Steve Norman
Education Outreach

A major element of the Reno Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.’s mission is to create, develop and encourage interest in Earth Science. 


Julie Hilsabeck
School Director

Our well-qualified instructors, some with master’s level credentials, teach many of the disciplines necessary to create beautiful, handmade works of art, using minerals, gems and fossils found right here in Nevada!


Hilary Loupee
Field Trip Director

At least once a month between April and October, members go out in the field to collect and learn about rocks and minerals. Day trips to multi-day outings are led by an experienced member of the society, and are a great way to meet other members and gain some useful knowledge!

CALENDAR of activities

In addition to our many field trips, we also offer a variety of fun social events! There’s usually a raffle, and if food is involved it’s advised to add a few notches to your belt beforehand.


RGMS provides a monthly bulletin (The Conglomerate) to all its members.  The Conglomerate is an award-winning newsletter that has been produced by Sue Webb for several years.  The Conglomerate provides information and articles of interest to Society members.  Past copies of the Conglomerate are available from this site.


Lynda Travis 
Membership Director

Membership in the Reno Gem and Mineral Society (RGMS) is to be a member of a Society that was started in Reno over 50 years ago. RGMS membership offers many benefits including a fully equipped Lapidary Shop, numerous Classes (Classes require advance registration), and Field Trips. Members also provide educational outreach programs to schools and other organizations..


RGMS Online Monthly Auction

Looking for a special rock or mineral specimens, used equipment or handmade jewelry?

Visit our Monthly Online Auction. There will be a new auction every month.

32auction link