Beginning October 2021, we are BACK TO LIVE MEETINGS at the San Clemente Community Center

SOCGEMS looks forward to continuing to share our complete monthly meetings, including our knowledgeable guest speakers … let’s meet up either in person or online!

Enjoy SOCGEMS General Meetings in person with your fave rock friends.
We meet at the San Clemente Community Center on Avenida Del Mar.

Enjoy SOCGEMS General Meetings from the comfort of your home.
We will continue to share company via ZOOM.
Please register in advance for login information.


According to OC Health Agency: Masks are required for not fully vaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public). For additional information, see Face Covering Q&A HERE.

SOCGEMS Monthly Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 pm PST.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021, at 7:00 pm PDT
The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society is proud to welcome Warren Holt


Warren spent summers above the Arctic Circle in Alaska leading rafting trips. On one trip, he purchased a $6 plastic pan and one evening – in a place where the sun never sets – he tried his hand at panning. He ended up with a 16-gram gold nugget and that’s all it took – he was hooked.

He has over 25 years of experience in recreational gold prospecting. Warren has prospected across the country and in Alaska.

Warren is a lifetime member LDMA – The Lost Dutchmen Mining Association.

Lifetime member of the GPAA – The Gold Prospectors Association of America.

Member of the Route 66 Gold Miners, Brea Branch for the past 7 years.

SOCGEMS invites you to our Monthly General Meeting via Zoom.
Registering is simple and quick
– once registered you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the meeting. See you there! 7:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (US and Canada)

TOPIC: SOCGEMS General Meeting September 2020

WHEN: October 20, 2021, 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
ZOOM ROOM now opens at 6:45 pm PDT for social MEET and GREET


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

recreational gold prospectin

Warren Holt will talk about prospecting equipment ad the principles of how gold is recovered.
He will also cover how to identify where to find gold.

Speakers, Field Trips, and More!

Join our resident Rock Hounds on one of our monthly field trips! Check here and (probably more up to date) the SOCGEMS facebook page for upcoming rock hounding field trips!

Andy on a field trip


South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society members pursue our hobby with responsibility.
Code of Ethics per The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies:

*   I will respect both private and public property and will do no collecting on privately owner land without permission from the owner.
*   I will keep informed on all laws, regulations and rules governing collecting on private lands and will observe them.
*   I will to the best of my ability, ascertain the boundary lines of property on which I plan to collect.
*   I will use no firearms or blasting materials in collecting areas.
*   I will cause no willful damage to property of any kind, such as fences, signs, building, etc.
*   I will leave all gates as found.
*   I will build fires only in designated or safe places and will be certain they are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
*   I will discard no burning materials – matches, cigarettes, etc.
*   I will fill all excavation holes, which may be dangerous to livestock.
*   I will practice conservation and undertake to utilize fully and well, the materials I have collected and will recycle my surplus for the pleasure and benefit of others.
*   I will support the Rockhound Project H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Litter Please) and will leave all collecting areas devoid of litter, regardless of how found.
*   I will cooperate with Field Trip Leaders and those in designated authority in all collecting areas.
*   I will report to my Club or Federation Officers, Bureau of Land Management or other proper authorities, any deposit of petrified wood or other material on public lands which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations and for public educational and scientific purposes.
*   I will appreciate and protect our heritage of Natural Resources.
*   I will observe the ‘Golden Rule’, will use Good Outdoor Manners, and will at all times conduct myself in a manner which will add to the stature and Public Image of Rockhounds everywhere.

Save the Date!

Guests and visitors are welcome at all General Assembly Meetings.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR here’s what’s coming up …

silent auction
socgems jtree oct 2021
socgems Volunteer Flyer

past events and speakers - here’s what you’ve missed ...

Each month it’s something new and interesting – we enjoy renowned speakers, field trips, and the pleasure of the company of other gem and mineral enthusiasts!