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2017 Christmas Song for Rock Hounds

KMGS Christmas Carol – Sing to the tune of “Silver Bells”!  Chorus Silver Bells (silver bells) Silver Bells (silver bells) Its Christmas time in the city Ring- a-ling (ring-a-ling) hear them ring (hear them ring) Soon it will be Christmas day. Verse One On a rock pile, there were miners, excavating for gems In the [...]

By |2022-01-04T12:52:43-06:00December 23rd, 2017|Travel blog|0 Comments

2017 Mazon Creek

Mazon Creek Concretions at Coal City Illinois Saturday morning early; about five am, we drove south to Coal City Illinois.  We met with some fellow Rock Hounds from ESCONI (Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois) and went to an abandoned tailings pile outside of town, left idle since the coal mines closed in the mid 1960's.  [...]

By |2022-01-04T12:52:43-06:00September 18th, 2017|Travel blog|57 Comments

KMGS 2017 Picnic

We had a beautiful day for our KMGS picnic at Nixon park in Hartland.   About 25 to 30 members showed up to "talk rocks", show off what they have found so far this summer, swap stories, and make plans for future field trips.   And of course EAT.   John Rettler presented a new [...]

By |2022-01-04T12:52:43-06:00August 22nd, 2017|Travel blog|0 Comments

The Irene Mine

The Irene Mine – Belvidere IL.                                      July 16th, 2017 On Sunday morning the ESCONI (Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois, invited the KMGS to “piggy-back” on a field Trip with them to the Irene Mine near Belvidere Illinois. The open-pit style Dolomite Limestone Mine is known for exposing Gastropods, Cephalopods, Brachiopods, Trilobites, Horn Coral and [...]

By |2022-01-04T12:52:43-06:00July 27th, 2017|Travel blog|0 Comments

Germantown, 4th of July, 2017

  A KMGS 4th of July The Kettle Moraine Geological Society (KMGS) celebrated the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, by attending and hosting an exhibit at the Germantown, Wisconsin post Parade event on Tuesday the 4th of July. It was true Americana! The weather was sunny and warm in the [...]

By |2022-01-04T12:52:44-06:00July 10th, 2017|Travel blog|0 Comments

Washington County 4-H

The Washington County 4-H invited the Kettle Moraine Geological Society to their 4-H Education Day in West Bend.  The KMGS and the 4-H members interacted on  a variety of topics from becoming an amateur rock hound to learning about rocks as a budding geologist. We all had a great time. Thanks for inviting us.            Here [...]

By |2022-01-04T12:52:45-06:00February 7th, 2017|Travel blog|0 Comments

Moose Lake – Agates

Moose Lake Agates          by  John and Mary Rettler Having a business meeting in Minneapolis on Saturday was the only invitation we needed to make a trip north this past weekend.  We packed a couple of bags, a cooler some water and ice and we were off!  We rambled up along the “Big Muddy” through Nelson [...]

By |2022-01-04T12:52:45-06:00August 4th, 2016|Travel blog|57 Comments

Dells of the Eau Claire

A Rocking Weekend After attending the Lakeland Rock and Gem show in Minocqua on Friday, Mary and I scouted an area known to harbor some specimens of Mica Schist, Blue Kyanite and Red Garnets hidden in a rock formation deep in the forest north west of the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation.  But not being prepared [...]

By |2022-01-04T12:52:45-06:00July 19th, 2016|Travel blog|57 Comments


Wisconsin Moonstone March 19th members from the Kettle Moraine Geological Society traveled to Wausau in search of the elusive Wisconsin moonstone. They were met by Bill Schoenfuss  who knows the specific area where this gemstone can be found.  By the end of the rock hunt, everyone had found fine specimens to take home.  There is [...]

By |2019-07-22T18:06:55-05:00April 16th, 2016|Travel blog|0 Comments