Upcoming Events


Scheduled activities of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society Inc. - FOMS, include meetings, field trips, and other events. Regular meetings are held on the third Saturday of March, April, May, June, September, October, and November, and generally comprise a business session followed by a lecture. FOMS meetings are open to the public and are held at 1:30 PM, usually in Kraissl Hall at the Franklin Mineral Museum, 30 Evans St., Franklin NJ (check listings for exceptions).

Most FOMS field trips are open only to FOMS members aged 13 or older.
Proper field trip gear required: hard hat, protective eyewear, gloves, sturdy shoes.
For a complete set of rules and regulations follow this link FOMS Field Trip Safety Rules and Regulations

**Activities so marked are not FOMS functions, but may be of interest to its members. Fees, and memberships in other organizations, may be required. Any information in this schedule, including fees, is subject to change without notice.



Saturday, October 15, 2022  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at Limecrest Quarry, Limecrest Road, Sparta, NJ.
FOMS members aged 18 or older are eligible to attend. Arrive by 8:30am to sign in and view required safety training.

Safety shoes, high visibility shirt or safety vest, safety glasses, hard hat, long pants and gloves for PPE. No sneakers, crocs or other non compliant footwear is allowed. PPE is mandatory. If you show up without PPE, you will be turned away

Noon - 1:15 PM - Future Rockhounds of America
Meet in Franklin Mineral Museum’s Kraissl Hall
Parents are welcome to sit in the meeting room
For questions please contact Mark Dahlman at: fra@fomsnj.org or 301-428-0455

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: “Lost images of early Franklin and the New Jersey Zinc Company”, by Mark Boyer/Bernie Kozykowski (Past presidents of FOMS).




Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2022    **

  Sterling Hill Mining Museum Halloween Tour
Admission charged.
For more information, please call Sterling Hill Mining Museum: (973) 209-7212




Saturday, October 22, 2022    **

  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Franklin Mineral Museum
Mill Site Pile dig

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Night Dig on the Buckwheat Dump,

for the benefit of the Franklin Mineral Museum.
Admission $12.00 adults, $10.00 children 3-12 years of age. 
Poundage fee charged. Call for details: 973-827-3481.




Saturday, October 29, 2022    **

  32nd Annual ULTRAVIOLATION
Show-Swap-Sell Session featuring fluorescent minerals only
First United Methodist Church, 840 Trenton Road,
Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm, $3 donation (children 12 and under are free).
“If your rocks don’t glow, you’re at the wrong show.”
Table space available.
For information call Lee McIlvaine at 215-713-8020
or e-mail:
 uvgeologist@yahoo.com




Saturday, November 5, 2022    **

  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Night Dig on the Buckwheat Dump,

for the benefit of the Franklin Mineral Museum.
Admission $12.00 adults, $10.00 children 3-12 years of age. 
Poundage fee charged. Call for details: 973-827-3481.




Saturday, November 19, 2022  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Beemerville NJ.
Arrive at FMM by 8:30am for further information.
Hiking through a nepheline syenite locale near Beemerville NJ
This is a real hike so be prepared with hiking boots, water and a backpack. Rocky Severs will be joining us for this hike.

Noon - 1:15 PM - Future Rockhounds of America
Meet in Franklin Mineral Museum’s Kraissl Hall
Parents are welcome to sit in the meeting room
For questions please contact Mark Dahlman at: fra@fomsnj.org or 301-428-0455

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: “The Beemerville Complex”, by Rocky Severs, a hard rock geologist from Stockton University.