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.
For Spring 2024, we are meeting at Boal Hall
(Boalsburg Fire Hall, 113 East Pine St., Boalsburg PA 16827).
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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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Junior Rockhounds Meetings Tuesday evenings

Summer's here!

We finished our Spring 2024 season of regular meeting programs; videos can be seen at

Junior Rockhounds programs for children (best for grades 3-8) WITH their parents start Tuesday May 21; see Adults who would like to help present these programs are cordially invited to come to a meeting.

The cave tour for members took place on Saturday, May 25.
Other possibilities for summer include social dinner, picnic, and other trips & tours.

Our next regular meeting is planned for Wednesday, August 21; watch this web site or our emails for more.

Some online presentations of interest:
From NMS:Many of our programs since 2020 are available here.


From other sources:

Jeri Jones' Zoom Rock Room: Weekly Zoom geology presentations, mostly related to Pennsylvania. Go to and in the top menu click on 'Zoom Rock Room', where you can register to be included.

The staff of the Penn State Earth & Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery maintains a Facebook page. They also have videos on YouTube:
Museum Gallery Tour:

National Fossil Day October 16, 2024
Earth Science Week October 13-19
The National Park Service's National Fossil Day will be Wednesday, October 16, in the middle of Earth Science Week, October 13 - 19, 2024, celebrating the theme "Earth Science Everywhere." Educational materials are available.

Videos of the 2020 Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium are still available by following the links at

With thanks for many of these to AFMS April 2020 Newsletter and Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society of Fort Wayne Indiana's The Strata Data newsletter.
Smithsonian Scroll down to see the tips before starting a tour.
Yale - Peabody Museum of Natural History Via Rock & Gem magazine web site (thanks go to them); scroll down to find the image that links to the tour.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology - Mosasaur at Museum of Geology Scroll down to 'YouTube Playlist"
Houston Museum of Natural Science Dinosaurs!
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) Curator's Pick Gallery Curators choose their favorite specimens. Hosted by Mindat.
SMMP Wulfenite Gallery
Geology of the National Parks Penn State GEOSC 10 virtual field trips
American Southwest Virtual Museum
Virtual Museum of Minerals and Molecules Click on Displays at upper right
Davidson Institute of Science Education, of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, has links to several more museum virtual tours worldwide, including natural history museums.
Podcast of GEOL-101 type lectures (podcasts #1 to 28). Videos linked from the web site also; all by Nick Zentner of Central Washington University.

For additional current news see our NMS Bulletin (link at top of sidebar at left).

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 2020: CELESTINE: Pennsylvania State Mineral?
See also Nov. 2020 Bulletin.

Collecting in a quarry
Collecting crystals in a quarry

Five different posters
We have NMS posters for sale!

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