Free USGS topo maps for the entire United States
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT -learn where to go, how, and why
The USGS provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Their scientists develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes.
GEM CUTTERS DOT ORG – a lapidary resource and guide
Located in Orange, CA, the Nevada Mineral & Book Company boasts the largest selection of Earth Science publications and objects in North America. Owner Walt Lombardo is a SOCGEMS speaker.
Located in Madrid, NM, the Silver Day Trading Company offers reputable, expert restoration and repair of all old and new silver and turquoise jewelry, specializing in Vintage Indian Jewelry. Owner Dayton Simmons is a SOCGEMS speaker.
Located in San Clemente, CA, Designs by Nature is a LOCAL’S FAVORITE. A unique nature gallery of one-of-a-kind mineral specimens, crystals, amber, fossils, carvings, sculptures, birthstones, gems, beautifully designed jewelry, and new and used lapidary equipment. Owners Sheila and Gary Martin are SOCGEMS Board Members.
A Tradition of Science and Education – Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry. Located in Carlsbad, CA.
The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
- protects over 35 million specimens, dating back 4.5 billion years.
- is a resource for Southern California teachers.
- is an authority on the “big picture” of the planet, the natural and the cultural world.
- tracks the Earth’s biodiversity, because knowing what is out there is the first step to conservation.