generally meets the third Wednesday of each month, August through May.
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.
Penn State Earth & Mineral Sciences
Museum & Art Gallery
Open Two Hours on Home Football Saturdays
Download and print an NMS meeting flyer.
National Fossil Day™ - NMS October 16th regular meeting:
Paul D. Zell
Our October 2019 meeting will be held Wednesday the 16th, and is planned for room 114 (larger auditorium) 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.: Annual meeting & Election; door prizes
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!
October 16 is National Fossil Day™ in 2019! This month's talk will discuss what fossils are, where they are found (especially locally), and their scientific and economic value.
Geologists use fossils in a wide variety of ways; for relative age determination of rocks, correlation of strata, their thermal history, strain deformation, depositional environment, and even to understand whether or not strata have been overturned. The types and distribution of fossils in various localities allow for the reconstruction of paleogeographic maps, environments, ocean circulation patterns, and relationship of past tectonic terranes. Fossils are essential for understanding the evolutionary relationships of different taxonomic groups and provide a compliment to studies of DNA in living organisms. Fossils help us understand the earth's history, its changing climates, orbital fluctuations, and even the length of a day. For most us, however, fossils are a fascinating part of nature to learn about and enjoy.
For additional current news see our NMS Bulletin (link at top of sidebar at left).
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 http://www.nittanymineral.org/EESBmap.jpg. For official campus maps see http://www.geog.psu.edu/print-campus-maps .
NMS has in stock T-shirts in Galapagos blue, Texas orange (both shown here) and royal blue.
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
2016: CELESTINE: Pennsylvania State Mineral?
Collecting crystals in a quarry
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!