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!

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we note the recent passing of Richard ("Dick") W. Grier, Sr. at the age of 97. In 1991, Dick, Sr. was one of the founding members of the Maryland Geological Society and, for many years, worked tirelessly to build and sustain the club. He joined his sons Dick, Jr., and Bob (who predeceased him) in vigorously promoting the paleontological and geological sciences.

The MGS memories of Dick, Sr. are many and cherished whether of him as father, collector, club officer, auctioneer at the MGS annual auction, or passionate advocate for the club. He will be sorely missed.

What's Hot

  • MGS Future Rockhounds of America visit the National Museum of Natural History. In March, the FRA junior members and their families enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the paleontological holdings at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Paleontologist Dave Bohaska graciously guided the group. He and FRA members and parents are shown in the photos below, along with a T. rex tooth, one of the many treasures seen during the tour. Many more photos from this event can be found in a montage on the FRA page.

Some Highlights of the March Meeting

  • Junior members David and Brooke described the highlights of their tour at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. With an introduction from Rick Smith, David also made a presentation on chromite, his choice for Maryland's state mineral.

    MGS Vice President Eric Seifter made a presentation on Silurian eurypterids from New York highlighted by many high quality specimens. Pictured below (on the right) is a Eurypterus remipes.

Next Meeting

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Joint Meeting with the American Fossil Federation

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.

Speaker and Topic: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA

NOAA Proposed Regulations

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued proposed regulations on January 9, 2017, for creation of the Mallows Bay - Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, which will encompass the shoreline of Purse State Park and other fossil collecting sites on the Potomac River. Comments must be submitted by March 31, 2017. Background information can be found on the Federal Register website, the NOAA website, and the Maryland Historical Trust website. The Maryland Historical Trust's fact sheet states that fossil collecting along the shoreline will be permitted as before. The proposed regulations do not specifically include such language.

Next Trips

None currently scheduled.. Information and policies regarding MGS field trips can be found on the Upcoming Trips page.

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.

Patuxent Lapidary Guild, Inc.'s Annual Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral Show will be held on April 22 in Severna Park, MD. Information is available here.

Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Society's 28th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show will be held on May 13 at the Ruhl Amory in Towson, MD. Information is available here.

Latest Fossil- and Geology-Related Stories on the Web

Use the MGS WebSightings page to read the latest stories posted on the web about new finds and research on fossils and geology.

Paleontological Society Membership

The Paleontological Society now has a membership category for amateur and avocational paleontologists beginning in 2017. The discounted annual fee is $30 and carries with it all of the benefits of regular membership, including online access to The Society's two journals. Member benefits are outlined here. You can join online or via a paper form here. The Society President Arnie Miller invites your questions about this membership category at

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 December newsletter can be downloaded here.

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