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!

Happy New Year

Have a safe and happy 2016. In this New Year, please resolve to:

What's Hot

  • The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society has recently made all past articles from its superb journal The Mosasaur available for free online. Many of these articles are important for readers interested in the paleontology of the middle Atlantic states. The articles can be found here.

  • Bob Farrar wins AFMS award for article. At the January meeting, MGS President Gary Lohman presented Bob Farrar (on right in photo below) with the 2nd place award in the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies' newletter contest for his article titled Hardscrabble Mining in Morocco. A complete list of awards that authors for the MGS newsletter The Rostrum have won in the past is available here.

  • At the January meeting, MGS Junior Members participating in the Future Rockhounds of America, a program of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, made presentations about the mineral vivianite and about 18th century British geologist William Smith. More information and pictures of FRA activities at MGS meetings are available on the MGS Future Rockhounds webpage.

  • MGS member George Powell will be presenting a poster at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of The Geological Society of America on March 31, 2016, in Columbia, SC. His poster, titled A Whale of a Challenge, will focus on his work creating a fossil whale display for the Aurora Fossil Museum. George's poster will be one in an array of presentations called Synergistic Paleontology: The Fossil Project and Amateur Contributions to the Field.

Mystery Fossil Site in Florida

During a December, 2015, trip to Florida, MGS member Tom Piscitelli came upon an amazing site, rich in what were probably late Pliocene shells. In search of fossils, he explored the heights and depths of this location.

But, after his second visit, the site disappeared! Visit the MGS Gallery page for the solution to this mystery and some pictures of Tom's finds.


Next Meeting

Sunday, March 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.

Talk of the Meeting: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA


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.



Important Changes to the MGS Website

You can now search the website using the Search tab in the menu above. The Activities tab now links to the MGS Future Rockhounds of America page, as well as to the club meetings and trips pages. If needed, refresh the website's pages on your browser for the changes to appear.



Next Trip

No trips planned right now. Information on policies governing MGS collecting trips available on MGS' Trip page.



Other Clubs' Shows & Related Events

  • Dinosaurs Imagined and Reimagined with Matt Carrano is a talk by Smithsonian Curator of Dinosauria Matt Carrano on movie depictions of dinosaurs. It takes place on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the National Museum of Natural History. For more information and to reserve a space, click here.

  • 53rd Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show hosted by the Delaware Minerological Society will be held on March 5 and 6 at the Delaware Technical & Community College (Newark, Delaware). More information on venue, times, and admission charges available here Download a coupon for a $1 discount on adult admission 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 (Overlea, MD). Information on upcoming programs available at the Nature Connections page.

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