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 first meeting of the Future Rockhounds of America group was held at the July meeting. Pictures of the event appear below. More information on the program is provided elsewhere on this page.

  • Please be aware that parking may be limited at the Bowie Community Center due to construction in the adjacent shopping center.


A Bit Of What Went On At The July Meeting

  • Members of the MGS Fossil-tastic Finders, part of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies' Future Rockhounds of America, received their FRA patches and earned their first badge at the July meeting. Pictured below are Adrian, David, and Brooke receiving their patches from Rick Smith who is coordinating this program for the club.


  • Dr. Eric Seifter received some help with a woolly mammoth tusk during his Show & Tell presentation on his collection of elephantine material, ancient and modern.

    More pictures of Eric's material can be seen in the MGS gallery page along with pictures of some amazing Mako shark teeth displayed at the meeting by Steve Grossman.



  • MGS Members Win EFMLS Awards for Rostrum Contributions

    The MGS newsletter The Rostrum was well represented in the awards recently announced by the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies for outstanding contributions to member clubs' newsletters. Among the honors were two Trophy Awards, the highest made. Bob Farrar won with Hardscrabble Mining in Morocco, and Lyle Peterson took a trophy award for his poem titled Extraction. The May, 2014, issue of The Rostrum in which these two pieces appeared is available here. Bob's article begins on page 5 and Lyle's poem can be found on page 10. The list of the many MGS award winners this year appears on The Rostrum award page.

    MGS members, please contribute to this tradition of excellence by submitting an article, a poem, or a drawing to Editor Rick Smith for a future issue.

Next Meeting

Sunday, September 20, 2015.

General Meeting and Annual Auction

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.
Note: Due to construction, parking may be limited.

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA


Next Trip

  • No trips currently scheduled.

Future Rockhounds of America

The MGS is now participating in the Future Rockhounds of America program, sponsored by the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Participating youth can earn badges for completion of activities in a host of areas related to rocks, minerals, and fossils. Detailed information on the program and badge requirements can be found on the AFMS Future Rockhounds webpages. Parents, if you are interested in having your child participate, please see Rick Smith at the next MGS meeting, or contact him via email or by phone at (410) 247-3961.

The first official meeting of the group was held at the July meeting (see pictures elswewhere on this page) where our charter members received their Future Rockhounds of America patch and also completed their Collecting activity badge.


Other Clubs' Shows & Events

  • August 24-30: Fall session of the EFMLS Wildacres workshops on gem and mineral crafts. More information available on the EFMLS website. Wildacres is a retreat venue in North Carolina.

  • September 26-27: 51st Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show of the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore. Show held at Howard Co. Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. More information at the Gem Cutters website.



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The tabs at the top of the page take you to a host of interesting and informative pages:
  • 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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