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

  • 13th Annual MGS Auction will be held at the September 20, 2015, meeting. Bring in fossils, minerals, artifacts, and meteorites for the auction which raises money for the club and for you. More information is available on the auction forms.

  • Warning: There is presently no parking at the Bowie Community Center during construction at the shopping center. Parks and Planning advises that we can park on Sadler, Sussex, and Shawmont Lanes which intersect Stonybrook Drive across from the Community Center. Reportedly, parking restrictions on these streets will not be enforced during the construction.

  • MGS Junior Members are now participating in the Future Rockhounds of America, a program of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Pictures of their activities at the July meeting appear below and on the Future Rockhounds of America page of the MGS website.


A Bit Of What Went On At The July Meeting

  • Members of the MGS Fossil-tastic Finders received their Future Rockhounds of America patches at the July Meeting. Pictured below are Adrian, David, and Brooke receiving their patches from Rick Smith.


  • 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.

  • Bob Farrar talked about the massive specimen of Cleavelandite he found in Maine. Pictured below are the MGS FRA members studying the boulder.

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

Next Meeting

Sunday, September 20, 2015.

General Meeting and Annual Auction

Information on how to participate in this fund raising activity is available on the auction forms

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, 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: Sphalerite


Sphalerite crystal from Tri-State District, Jasper County, Missouri. Image by Rob Lavinsky and reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Image is available from Wikimedia Commons.


Next Trip

  • No trips currently scheduled.

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.

∼Explore Our Website∼

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.

MGS is on

Problems with this page? Contact webmaster.