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

  • NOTE THE DATE CHANGE ~ Opening event for the Dinosaurs of Maryland exhibit at the Calvert Marine Museum takes place on Friday, April 6, during First Free Friday which runs from 5 to 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public. The new exhibit is the result of collaborative work by various organizations and amateur collectors, including MGS members Mike Folmer and Rick Smith. The Calvert Marine Museum is located at 14200 Solomons Island Road S., Solomons, MD 20688.

  • Mark your calendars to attend the joint MGS-AFF meeting on May 20th when John Nance of the Calvert Marine Museum will be our guest speaker. The title of his talk is: Avocational Paleontologist Contributions to Paleontology Research and Collections at the Calvert Marine Museum.

Seen at the March Meeting

Those who attended the club's March meeting were treated to interesting talks and a wide variety of fossils and minerals. Bob Farrar, in his Mineral of the Meeting feature, spoke about the relatively abundant and very colorful Chrysocolla. An array of examples of Chrysocolla from Bob's collection is seen below.

MGS President Gary Lohman gave a presentation demonstrating how new ultraviolet LED technology has greatly enhanced the display of fluorescent minerals. The new technology is versatile and is relatively inexpensive. In the composite picture below, Gary is shown on the left discussing the attributes of the new LED lights, while the striking fluorescence of his display samples can be seen on the right.

Other pictures highlighting the March meeting are posted in the MGS gallery which can be accessed here or under the Gallery tab above.

Next Meeting

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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 Activities tab above
or at this link.

Speaker and Topic of the Meeting: John Nance of the Calvert Marine Museum speaking on the contributions of amateur paleontologists to the Museum's research and collections

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA

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.

The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society and Philadelphia Mineralogical Society sponsor a Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair on March 24 & 25 in Plymouth Meeting, PA. More information is available here.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History presents talk on paleoclimate on Thursday, March 29. Titled Paleoclimate: Digging into the Past to Chart our Future, this talk will take place in the Warner Brothers Theater at the American History Museum from 6:45 to 8:15 pm. Tickets are required though they are free. More information is available here.

Next Trips

None scheduled at this time. More information on policies regarding MGS field trips can be found on the Trips page.

Michael Hutchins

A page offering links to a selection of past articles written for the MGS newsletter by MGS member Dr. Michael Hutchins, who passed away in early 2018, can be found by clicking here or on the Links & Articles tab above. Donations in his honor may be made to the Dr. Michael Hutchins Impact on Wildlife Fund, a non-profit organization supporting wildlife conservation and education through direct field projects, community empowerment, and advocacy.

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