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, usually on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in March. Please check the club calendar. Visitors are always welcome!

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Latest Club News

Status of Club Meetings

When MGS President Rick Smith announced that the March 15 meeting was canceled because of the coronavirus, he said a more detailed message would be issued in the next few weeks regarding future meetings.

Bringing It To You -
Smithsonian's Fossil Hall - Deep Time

At the moment due to the coronavirus we no longer have access to the wonderful Fossil Hall - Deep Time at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. All of the marvels of the Fossil Hall are waiting patiently for us to visit once this crisis has passed. A few glimpses of the jaw-dropping fossils on display are featured in the montage above. But even better, the Fossil Hall is the focus of one of the virtual tours the Museum of Natural History has made available here. It's part of the "permanent exhibits."

Next Meeting

To be announced

Shows & Related Events

A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.

Canceled or Postponed Events - The following shows and activities highlighted in either The Rostrum or on this website have been canceled: the show hosted by the Gem, Lapidary, and Mineral Society of Montgomery County MD (March 21 and 22); the show hosted by the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society and the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society (March 28 and 29). The "Living Estate Auction of Virginia and Gary White" hosted by The Chesapeake Gem and Mineral Society has been postponed until August 15, 2020.


The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members.


Want to keep up with some of the latest information on fossils and minerals appearing on the web? Then check out the MGS WebSightings page.

MGS Gallery

Pictures showing great specimens from members' collections can be seen on the MGS Gallery page.

Notable Quote

Evolutionary biologist Keith Thomson:

Fossils give us an extended view of life itself, projecting life into a time dimension in which an anthropocentric viewpoint is meaningless.

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