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 Calvert Marine Museum opened a new display on April 6 titled "Dinosaurs of Maryland" which features, among other fossils, some on loan from MGS members Mike Folmer and Rick Smith. MGS member Flo Strean provided important financial support for this exhibit. The exhibit is on the Mezzanine Level of the museum and runs through the end of 2018.



The MGS Award Winning Newsletter

The Rostrum, the MGS newsletter issued six times a year, features writing that is recognized regionally and nationally for its high quality. The latest awards for writing in the 2016 issues of the Rostrum are listed on the Rostrum Awards page. All of the 2016 issues are available on the Rostrum Past Issues page.



Next Meeting

Sunday, July 15, 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: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA


In Memoriam

MGS member Billy "Paleobum" Thomas Palmer passed away on May 6, 2018. His pursuit of paleontology was centered particularly in South Carolina and Florida. He was instrumental in discovering and securing access to different quarries. Billy volunteered for many years with The Charleston (SC) Museum, Natural Sciences Department. Four fossil specimens were named after him. We extend our condolences to Billy's family.


In Memoriam

MGS charter member Dave Siegert passed away on March 21, 2018. His long tenure as a member began on November 24, 1991, when he joined others at the first meeting of the MGS at the Matoaka Cottages. Dave was also a member of the American Fossil Federation. We extend our condolences to Dave's family.


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.

Aurora Fossil Festival will be on May 25-26 in Aurora, NC. More information here.

Next Trips

None scheduled at this time. More information on MGS field trip policies is on the Trips page.


Michael Hutchins

A selection of MGS newsletter articles written by MGS member Dr. Michael Hutchins, who passed away in early 2018, can be found here. Donations in his honor may be made to the Dr. Michael Hutchins Impact on Wildlife Fund.

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 Spring 2018 newsletter can be found here.

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