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 14th Annual MGS Auction on Sunday, September 18, was a smashing success! The items auctioned ranged from Megalodon teeth to Pliocene shells, from trilobites to ammonites, from Miocene whale ear bones to Cretaceous mosasaur vertebrae, from agates to amethysts, and many things in between. Pictured below are two of the treasures that found new homes and generated some income for the club: a Eurypterid (the so-called "Sea Scorpion") and a sperm whale tooth.
  • Four MGS members received awards at the September meeting for their contributions to the MGS newsletter. Adult members Michael Hutchins and Bob Farrar received MGS journalism awards for their contributions during the past year. Junior members David and Brooke (seen below) also won MGS journalism awards.

    These junior members were also recognized for a wonderful accomplishment: 1st place (Brooke) and 2nd place (David) awards for junior articles in the national newsletter competition held by the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Brooke's award was for her article on garnets and David's was for his piece on being a member of the MGS and testifying before the Maryland Assembly's Judiciary Committee on a bill concerning the ivory trade. Congratulations to all four of these members and thank you for your contributions to the club.

Next Meeting

Sunday, November 20, 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.

Elections & Holiday Party

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA

Next Trips

October 9 (tentative date): Junior Member collecting trip to Brownies Beach, MD.

November 26: John Wolf Memorial collecting trip to Odessa, DE.

More information on these 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.

Atlantic Coast Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show on September 26-27. Sponsored by the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore, Inc. The show will be held at the Howard County, MD, fairgrounds. More information on the event is available here.

Annual Paul Desautels Micromineral Conference on October 14-16. Sponsored by The Baltimore Mineral Society. The symposium will be held at the Friends School, Baltimore, MD. More information is available here.

Ongoing - Nature Connections programs from 1 to 4 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month by the Natural History Society of Maryland. Information on upcoming programs available at the Nature Connections page.

Notable Quote

Paleontologist Bretton Kent at the May meeting:

Amateur collectors make paleontology possible.

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