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

  • Current slate of officers re-elected. At the November meeting, President Gary Lohman, Vice President Eric Seifter, and Treasurer Dave Andersen were unanimously returned to office for 2016.

  • MGS Junior Members participating in the Future Rockhounds of America, a program of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, learned about rocks and minerals at the November meeting.

    Bob Farrar talks with the FRA members about the differences between minerals and rocks.

    Flo Strean shows the FRA members some of the distinctive features of quartz.

    More information and photographs appear on the website's Future Rockhounds of America page.

  • We're pleased to announce that many articles authored or co-authored by Dr. Robert E. Weems, Scientist Emeritus of the USGS and a long-standing MGS member, have been newly added to the MGS website. They have generously been provided by the author. They offer a wealth of information on paleontological finds, many made in the mid-Atlantic region. Topics covered in these articles range from descriptions of turtle, whale, and fish species, to analyses of dinosaur tracks. One of the most recently published pieces considers the possibly articulated vertebrae from a baby freshwater turtle found in a fossilized shark coprolite.

    Check out the entire array of articles which can be accessed on the website page dedicated to Dr. Weems' articles.

2016 Dues

Now's the time to renew your MGS membership (or join us, for that matter). Dues are still just $15 for the year and should be renewed by January 1st. Information on dues and on joining MGS is available here.

Next Meeting

Sunday, January 17, 2016.

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.

Talk of the Meeting: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA

Some Changes to the MGS Website

A Search tab has been added to the menu above. The search function enables visitors to search for keywords on the MGS website. The Club Pride page, which displays MGS club items for sale, has been moved to the About MGS tab. Finally, a link to the Future Rockhounds of America page now appears under the renamed Activities tab; club meeting and trips pages can be found under that tab as well. (If you recently visited an MGS webpage before these changes were made, you may need to refresh the page for them to take effect.)

Next Trip

  • No trips planned right now. For information on policies governing MGS collecting trips, please visit the MGS website's Trip page.

Other Clubs' Shows & Events

Ongoing - Nature Connections programs offered from 1 to 4 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month by the Natural History Society of Maryland (Overlea, MD). For information on upcoming programs, visit the Nature Connections page on the NHSM website.

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