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

  • Proposed regulations were issued on December 7, 2016, in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of the Interior for implementation of the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA), enacted in 2009. These proposed regulations address "casual collecting" of certain kinds of fossils on Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation lands, and may affect some of your fossil collecting. The proposed regulations can be found here, and include information on where and how to submit comments. Deadline for submitting comments is February 6.

    Background and opinions on the proposed regulations are available on the web. A background piece on PRPA is presented on pages 8 and 9 of the May 2009 issue of the MGS newsletter. A BLM fact sheet on the proposed regulations is available here. The FOSSIL Project (described elsewhere on this homepage), in its December newsletter, includes two discussions of the proposed regulations that raise some issues with them. They can be found here and here. A webinar on the proposed regulations with the BLM's senior paleontologist will take place on Thursday, January 19, at 3:00 p.m. It is sponsored by the iDigBio project. More information can be found here.
  • Some Highlights of the November Meeting

  • Officers for 2017 were elected. The officers for the coming year are: Gary Lohman, President; Eric Seifter, Vice President; Rob King, Treasurer; and Marci Shore, Secretary. Congratulations and thank you for stepping forward to serve the club in these roles.

  • MGS members were given national and regional awards for articles they wrote for the MGS newsletter. Adult members Michael Hutchins, Bob Farrar, and Gary Lohman received awards from the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies as did junior members David and Brooke. These junior members also received awards the top two awards made by the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies in the Junior Articles category. The complete list appears on the Rostrum Awards page.

  • Many beautiful fossils and minerals were on display. Charlie Shyab brought in a beautiful cluster of megalodon shark teeth from the Calvert Cliffs (first photo below). Tom Piscitelli had a rich array of fossils found at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, including a small Cretaceous nautiloid (second photo below). Mark Bennett this roughly six-inch long geode filled with deep purple amethyst crystals on display (third photo below). More photos of other fossils are on the MGS Gallery page.

Next Meeting

Sunday, March 19, 2017.

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.

Speaker and Topic: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA

Next Trips

No trips planned at the present time

Shows & Related Events

A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar. Selected shows and related events are listed below.

Delaware Mineralogical Society Show on March 4-5. The show will be held on the University of Delaware (Wilmington) campus and will feature a wide range items, including minerals, fossil, and artifacts. More information is available here.

Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Montgomery County's 53rd Annual Show on March 18-19. The show will held on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Montgomery County, MD. The show will feature jewelry, gems, minerals, fossils, and more. Information is available here.

Paleontological Society Membership

The Paleontological Society has established a new membership category for amateur and avocational paleontologists beginning in 2017. The discounted annual fee is $30 and carries with it all of the benefits of regular membership, including online access to The Society's two journals. Member benefits are outlined here. You can join online or via a paper form here. The President of The Society, Arnie Miller, invites your questions about this new membership category at

FOSSIL Project

The FOSSIL Project, sponsored by the Florida Museum of Natural History and funded by the National Science Foundation, is networking amateur and professional paleontologists and their organizations. Its December newsletter can be downloaded here.

2017 Dues

Please pay your 2017 MGS membership dues. They were due by December 31st and are still just only $15 for the year. Renew your membership to continue receiving The Rostrum, the MGS newsletter.

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