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.
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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Minerals Junior Education Day Saturday, April 5
Thank you to all who volunteered, and to all students and parents who attended!

April 16th regular meeting:
Rock Spheres:
Discovery Cubed

Our April meeting will be held Wednesday the 16th in room 116 (smaller auditorium) in Earth & Engineering Sciences Building on the west side of the Penn State campus in State College, PA.
     6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Social hour, refreshments in the lobby
     7:30 to 8:00 p.m.: announcements, questions, answers; door prize drawings
     about 8:00 p.m.: featured program

     The event has free admission, free parking, free door prize drawings and free refreshments, and is open to all (parents/guardians must provide supervision of minors). Bring your friends and share an interesting evening. - - Editor

The program will feature NMS longtime club member Jim Garthe discussing how and why he makes rock spheres. Jim describes it this way:

"As a kid, I was always intrigued by rocks and quartz crystals. However, I was seeing just the exterior of the rock, and little did I know what extreme beauty was within the core of the weathered piece I clutched in my hand. Now as an adult, I have the equipment and wherewithal to explore the interior of that country rock. A sphere is the perfect shape to allow a person to see the interior from all angles, and it seems to incite the basic human urge to grasp it to feel its surface smoothness.

"This program will explain the joys of searching for just the right stones in the field. It will also discuss start-to-finish details of the sphere making process and how you too might want to begin a new hobby for yourself. Additionally, I will explain ways to display the spheres by making your own artistic bases, often making thoughtful gifts for family and friends, especially if the rock came from somewhere meaningful to them. The program will close with show and tell."

For more 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. The building entrance is a little beyond the center of the lot, at the two round concrete planters. 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 now has T-shirts in two new colors.

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

Celestine crystal cluster CELESTINE is under consideration for 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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