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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Field Trips Junior Rockhounds Meetings Minerals Junior Education Day March 30 2019

Penn State Earth & Mineral Sciences
Museum & Art Gallery
Open Two Hours on Home Football Saturdays
Open from 9-11 a.m. for afternoon games and from 2-4 p.m. for evening games - see article.

Download and print an NMS meeting flyer.

National Fossil Day™ - NMS October 16th regular meeting:
Fossils in Central Pennsylvania and the World – What they are and how we use them
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 For official campus maps see .

T-shirts in Galapagos Blue and Texas Orange
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
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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