The Nittany Lion looks out from a 
Central Pennsylvania doubly terminated quartz crystal.  Artwork © John Passaneau.
Nittany Mineralogical Society, Inc.
State College, Pennsylvania

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Your local non-profit mineral, gem and rock club
generally meets the third Wednesday of each month, August through May (except Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, 2018, second Wednesday).
We now meet in Penn State's Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, on White Course Drive off North Atherton Street.
See driving directions and campus maps.
All are welcome to attend our meetings!
Parents must provide supervision of minors.

Mineral collectors and rockhounds, earth scientists and dinosaur lovers will all enjoy our activities.

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Download and print a meeting flyer.

NOTE: One week earlier than usual
NMS November 14th meeting program:

Geology, scenery and natural history of
New Zealand

Dr. Charles E. Miller, Jr.

Our November meeting will be held Wednesday the 14th in 114 Earth & Engineering Sciences Building (EESB) on the west side of the Penn State campus in State College, PA. Maps are available on our web site.
    6:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Social hour, special refreshments
    7:45 to 8:00 p.m.: Announcements, questions, answers
    about 8:00 p.m.: featured program

The event has free admission, free parking, and free refreshments, and is open to all; parents/guardians must provide supervision of minors. Bring your friends and share an interesting evening!

New Zealand offers geology, scenery, and natural history that are beguiling to many. The country largely consists of North and South Island. Although separated by only 50 miles, the two islands have significantly different physical characteristics. Active volcanoes and geothermal features – geysers, fumaroles, and hot springs – are found only on North Island. The Southern Alps are on South Island. These mountains rise to over 12,000 feet and include many glaciers. In comparison, North Island mountains are less developed and have no glaciers. This talk discusses geologic processes that created differences between the two islands.

Active geology in New Zealand creates frequent earthquakes, geothermal areas, spectacular shorelines, glaciers, volcanoes, and other geologic features. It is also the home of the world-famous glowworms, the world’s rarest penguin (the yellow-eyed penguin) as well as the famous kiwi, seals, sea lions, and much more.

See the November Bulletin (link at top of sidebar at left) for the complete illustrated article

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and PARKING for Earth & Engineering Sciences Building meetings on the Penn State campus (NOT Minerals Junior Ed. Day): After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, free parking is available immediately across the street from the building. From North Atherton St. (Business Rt. 322) between College Avenue and Park Avenue, turn west (toward the golf course) off North Atherton at the traffic signal marked "White Course Drive." Go past the parking attendant's booth, follow the curve to the left, then turn right into the parking lot before reaching the stop sign. The building entrance is a little beyond the center of the lot, at the crosswalk. Enter the building, then go all the way across the lobby for our social hour & meeting room. We have a simple map at For official campus maps see .

T-shirts in Galapagos Blue and Texas Orange
NMS has in stock the new order of T-shirts in Galapagos blue, Texas orange (both shown here) and royal blue.

A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day

Celestine crystal cluster 2016: CELESTINE: Pennsylvania State Mineral?

Collecting in a quarry
Collecting crystals in a quarry

Five different posters
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!

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