The Kamloops Exploration Group Society (KEG) is a registered society that serves to generally promote the interests of mining and prospecting for minerals, metals and petroleum.
Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, staff at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre and all those that attended. This was one of the most attended conferences with 421 registered delegates. Stay tuned for highlights and pictures on our conference page!
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KEG LECTURE SERIES
MINERAL TITLES BRANCH INFORMATION
The Mineral Titles Branch has posted a new information update to help free miners in conducting research specifically regarding Crown granted 2 post mineral claims. Form more information click here.
Bring in your rocks to be identifiesLearn to gold pan with Yukon DanMining Day 2016 is taking place on May 7th from 10 - 3 at the Big Little Science Centre. This is an incredible family event with so much to offer. All exhibitors will have hands-on educational fun! Here are just a few of the fun activities you can look forward to:
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April 30, May 7, 14, 2016
9;00 am - 4:00 pm
Prince George, BC
What is this course about?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live back in the ‘good old days’ of Billy Barker? Now’s your chance! Dig up some rich northern B.C. history, while also learning current prospecting practices with this informative course. Did you know that even today, Prospectors are essential to the discovery of new mineral and mine
exploration, which in turn help to drive our economy?! Through their prospecting work, they are able to conduct basic initial mineral surveys, in order to market minerals and mines to potential buyers.
In this three-day prospecting course, you will have the chance to learn the basicsof prospecting for a variety of bedrock minerals, while also experiencing “handson” techniques in the field. At the end of this rockin’ course you will be able to identify basic minerals and understand the formation of mineral deposits. This course will also arm you with the basic techniques of prospecting, teach you how to stake a claim online, and how to market your discoveries!
Why should you take this course?
Whether you`re a legitimate “Rockhound” or you just like strapping on your hiking boots and heading outdoors - this course is for you! The Basic Prospecting course is geared to help sharpen your skills and knowledge in rock and mineral identification, prospect, marketing, mapping and loads more!
Materials covered in this course:
• GEOLOGIC TIME AND A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY
• MINERAL IDENTIFICATION
• ROCK IDENTIFICATION
• MAPS AND MAP READING
• BASIC STRUCTURES AND MOUNTAIN BUILDING
• MINERAL DEPOSIT FORMATION
• PROSPECTING TECHNIQUES
• MINERAL TENURE
• MARKETING A PROSPECT
• RECOGNITION OF STRUCTURES, ROCK TYPES AND MINERAL SHOWINGS IN THE FIELD
• SAMPLE COLLECTION: BEDROCK, SOIL, STREAM SEDIMENT
For more information please contact Rob Bryce at 250-960-5982 or Rob.Bryce@unbc.ca
We are excited to have the 2016 KEG Directory available at the KEG Conference & Trade Show.
Download the 2015 Directory here.
Thank you to our many volunteers for making our first time at Meet A Machine a success. KEG had Ask A Geologist, bird seed mining and future miners business card making where kids received a piece of flake gold. Thank you to the event organizers for a great day and the invite to take part. We look forward to taking part next year!
KEG was so excited to run the 2nd Annual KEG Directory Contest! Students drop off their drawings of anything in the mining or exploration industry for a chance to win a pizza party for their class and have their masterpiece on the cover of the Annual KEG Directory! We had so many creative drawings submitted, and it was a very hard decision... but we have selected a winner and 3 hounourable mentions! The 3 runners up will all win a KEG t-shirt! Thank you to The Kamloops Museum & Archives and to everyone who entered. You are all artists and can see your submissions on display at the Annual KEG Conference & Trade Show April 12th & 13th at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre. *teachers will be contacted about prizes*
Congratulations to HOLLY BARCLAY for her first prize win with this beautiful painting!
Holly is in grade 2 and will be enjoying a pizza party with her class this month! Way to go Holly!
As a part of our lecture series, when we bring speakers in we ask if they would be available for extra events. Dr Robert Young, once again, has given 2 days of his time to educating elementary school students with our museum visit talks. A huge thank you to The Kamloops Museum and Archives for hosting the classes in their amazing education room. Almost 150 students in total will take in the 40 minute presentation with and additional 20 minutes of hands on fun with the fossils and skull replicas. This is a great opportunity to students. Thank you Dr Robert Young for your time and incredible presentation.
KEG HOLIDAY CURLING SOCIAL
Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual KEG Christmas Curling Social. We had 30 curlers and more for dinner. We would also like to thank you all for your generosity! Together, KEG donated 68 pounds of food and $100 to the Kamloops Food Bank! Thank you to the MacArthur Park Curling Club staff for another great event and fabulous dinner!
ASK A GEOLOGIST
A huge thank you to the Kamloops Museum and Archives for co hosting the fall Ask A Geologist. Over 125 people came to have their rocks identified by our amazing volunteers. Thank you to Royanna Wild, Ed Frey, Chris LeClair and Steve Wanless for all your help and time! Because of the demand, we are looking at bringing 2 more Ask A Geologist's to the Museum as well as the one happening at mining day. Stay tuned for more information! Check out our facebook page for all the photos from the event.
KEG decided to turn the annual golf tournament into a charity tournament. This year the tournament benefited the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism. Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the day with us. Together we raised $1345.40! A huge thank you to all our incredible sponsors, and to the staff of Mount Paul Golf Course for amazing service and the delicious dinner! Mark your calendar for September 24th for the 2016 KEG Annual Best Ball Charity Golf Tournament! We to see you all there!
Check out our facebook page for more pictures!
KEG APPRECIATION DINNER
KEG's success is soley based on the long hours put in by countless volunteers. KEG would like to thank each and every person, including our hard working executive, who have put in so much time on many events including the KEG Lecture Series and the KEG Conference. On May 30th, KEG held a dinner, hosted by KEG President Colin Russell and his wife Sheila. Thank you for all who could attend. KEG has many social functions through out the year, so if you were unable to attend this one, we hope to see you at the next. And once again, from the entire KEG Executive, thank you!
Thanks to the event committee, all the volunteers and everyone who attended the 4th Annual Family Mining Day on May 9th. Over 600 people took part in the hands on displays. A huge thank you to the Big Little Science Centre for the amazing venue! We will see you all at the 5th Annual Family Mining Day next May!!
UBC OKANAGAN FIELD TRIP
Thank you to Regional Geologist and KEG Volunteer Jim Britton and KEG Director Ed Frey for leading a field trip with the UBC Okanagan Geology Students on March 28th. Jim and Ed took the group to Highland Valley Copper and the KGHM Ajax Core Shack, among other stops.
KEG FIELD TRIPS
Thank you to KEG Director Ed Frey for teaming up with the TRU Outdoor Adventure Guide students on a 2 day geological field trip. Looks like they had a great time!
ASK A GEOLOGIST HIKE
Keg was thrilled to help out organizer Zena Ryder with an ask a geologist hike. Geologist James Barr toured more than 40 people through Gallagher's Canyon in Scenic Canyon Regional Park in Kelowna on Saturday October 19th. The kids were able to get their rocks identified before they all toured the canyon looking at rock formations.
KEG would like to extend a huge thank you to Rick Conte, Senior Vice President of AME BC, for coming to Kamloops to speak to 20 members about the Roger Willam VS BC (Tsilhgot'in Nation) Supreme Court of Canada decision. Members left with a great deal of knowledge.
KEG President Colin Russell had a very unique opportunity. Not only did he spend the day golfing with the Minister of Mines, MLA Bill Bennett... he had a one on one breakfast to discuss any issues in the mining industry. Colin was well prepared talking with members, directors and AMEBC to have lots to discuss. Thanks Colin for representing KEG and all its members!!
A huge thank you to Mining 4 Society Chair Royanna Wild and all the committee members, volunteers and those who attended. This was an incredible event full of hands on displays for the whole family. We look forward to next years!
Are you interested in having a geologist come and speak to your group? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julie Dormer at 250.320.2411
For some fun and local rockhounding adventures, please see our Public Education Tab to download your copy of the Kamloops Geotour Guide. Fun and educational activities for the whole family!
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