Young Collector's Resources

Just for Young collectors

We wanted to have a spot for those of us who have not reached a ripe old age yet. Here you will find links, resources, activities and information designed for the younger crowd, or those of us who are just young at heart. If you happen to find a great resource that you think belongs here, feel free to contact us and we will review it and add it our pages in service to others in the Mineralogical/Geologic community. We are working on getting this page to be a great resource, so check back from time to time as we build it out.

Diamond Dan mini miners publications

Diamond Dan is a great guy who offers all kinds of fun and interesting publications for young miners. His mini miners page can be found here on the Diamond Dan Website. Below are a few samples of the free stuff he offers this community and please check out his Youtube channel!

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Series 13, Volumes 1 to 4 of Diamond Dan's Mini Miners Monthly Newsletters. Feel free to download them and take a look. Click on the page to download them in PDF format. You can subscribe to these on Diamond Dans website in the link above.

Diamond Dan Coloring Books

To celebrate both the colorful world of minerals and National Coloring day on September 14th, it is Diamond Dan's pleasure to give to you these two mineral coloring books. Happy National Coloring Day!

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Curiosity Friendly links

While it's hard to know what will spark someone's imagination, here are a few ideas gathered together to fit the theme for younger collectors.

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Every Rock Has a Story

Boston College Professor Ethan Baxter is endorsed by the Mineralogical Society of America and has over 40 videos that detail how "Every Rock has a Story". In his numerous videos, he discussed multiple geological and mineralogical subjects from 'Apatites to Volcanoes' and just about every letter in-between. Click here to see them all.

The University of Arizona Mineral Teaching Resources

Discover how gold allows us to play video games, how the softest mineral on earth is used in makeup, learn a new recipe, and more in "Minerals Make It!, a YouTube series by the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.  These short educational videos are presented in an easy to understand manner to help you discover how minerals are used in our everyday lives. Information for kids of all ages.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Geology

This guide shows you exactly how to mine your own backyard for treasures and cultivate a lifelong hobby. It has pictures for the different types of rocks you can find and a good equipment list of what you might need.

Minerals A to Z Database

A visual database of the mineral kingdom filtered by name, hardness, streak, and color. There are great pictures of  the minerals and crystals and the entire site is easy to navigate and geared towards visual thinkers.

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Gem Kids is part of the Gemological Institute of America (the GIA) that educates people from all over the world. This link takes you to the Institute's area for kids and is specifically designed for young learners to explore the world of gemology.

National Geographic Kids Dinomania

This link takes you to National Geographic's Dinomania 
resources which include games, videos, information on Prehistoric animals, and more!

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Mineral Explorers

Mineral Explorers is an unscripted, reality series packed with adventure, travel, education, and the world's finest gems, crystals, and minerals! Each 30-minute episode follows mineral expert Thomas Nagin, who leads viewers to some of the richest and most remote mines in the world to discover the natural treasures found deep within!