The Maryland Geological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, study, and display of all aspects of the geological sciences. Members include amateur and professional fossil and mineral collectors. Membership is open to all.

The club meets at the Community Center in Bowie, Maryland, on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in January. Visitors are welcome!

What's Hot

  • The 13th Annual MGS Auction was held at the September meeting. Many fossils, minerals, and related items were auctioned off with some spirited bidding, particularly from the MGS junior members. Seen below is auctioneer Eric Seifter with the 25,000 year old tibia of a woolly rhinoceros from the Netherlands.

  • MGS Junior Members participating in the Future Rockhounds of America, a program of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, received their Fossil badges at the September meeting.

    Other pictures of their activities at MGS meetings appear on the Future Rockhounds of America page of the MGS website.

  • A new paper by MGS member Dr. Robert Weems is now featured on the MGS website. Once again, Dr. Weems has generously allowed this website to provide access to one of his recent articles. He is the co-author of a new article on Cretaceous trace fossils found in Virginia. Titled The Lower Cretaceous Patuxent Ichnofauna of Virginia and published in Ichnos, it highlights the fossil tracks made by a diverse array of animals during the Cretaceous, including dinosaurs, turtles, and frogs. The article can be found on our website page featuring this and others by Dr. Weems.

  • Pyritized fossils found by MGS member Tom Piscitelli were on display at the September meeting. Check them out in the MGS website's Gallery.

  • New WebSightings: Check out the latest links on the MGS WebSightings page. There's extensive coverage of the latest work on the T-rex being mounted for the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and a thorough review of the complicated and fascinating history of ancient sharks.

Parking Limited at the the Bowie Community Center. With the ongoing construction in the shopping center, there is very little parking immediately adjacent to the Community Center. When attending MGS meetings, members and visitors can park on Sadler, Sussex, and Shawmont Lanes which intersect Stonybrook Drive across from the Community Center. Parks and Planning has advised that parking restrictions on these streets will not be enforced during the construction.

Next Meeting

Sunday, November 15, 2015.

General Meeting and Holiday Party

Meeting runs from
11 am to 3 pm at the Bowie
Community Center, 3209 Stonybrook Drive,
Bowie, Maryland 20715

Directions to the Center can be found
under the Meetings & Trips tab above
or at this link.

WARNING: Due to construction, there is no parking at the Community Center. We can park on Sadler, Sussex, and Shawmont Lanes across from the Center.

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA

Next Trip

  • No trips planned at this time. For information on MGS trip policies, go to the Upcoming Trips page.

Other Clubs' Shows & Events

October 11: Natural History Society of Maryland event: Fossils & Dinosaurs. This admission-free event, from 1 to 4 p.m., features talks by Peter Kranz on Maryland's dinosaurs and Ralph Eshelman on fossils from the Calvert Cliffs. It will be held at 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 212206. More information is available here.

October 31: Natural History Society of Maryland nature book sale. The NHSM will be selling hundreds of science and nature-themed books, magazines, journals, and pamphlets dating from the 1800s to the present. The main sale, open to all, is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NHSM headquarters: 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206. More information is available here.

November 7-8: Mineralogy Symposium sponsored by the Friends of Mineralogy - PA Chapter. This symposium (with a field trip on the 8th) will be held at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. More information is provided in a press release available here.

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  • About MGS provides the club history, how to join, and contacts.
  • Meetings & Trips has dates and locations of upcoming meetings and future trips.
  • Newsletter is your gateway to information on our award-winning newsletter.
  • Gallery features pictures of members' fossil and mineral treasures.
  • Links & Articles links you to fossil and mineral resources, news stories, and Frequently Asked Questions about hunting Maryland fossils and minerals.
  • Club Pride describes MGS material, such as T-shirts, for sale at our meetings.

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