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

Membership and Dues

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Download a PDF file of the DUES FORM .
NOTE: Depending on your web browser, you may see the form in your browser, but may have to download the PDF form file before can you fill it in.

JOIN or RENEW your membership by paying dues:

ON THE INTERNET: E-mail the completed form to and pay by PayPal (to ).
ON PAPER: Print the form and send it along with a check or bring to a meeting.

Benefits of paid membership include:
  • printed Bulletin
  • participation in field trips (consistent with age requirements on specific trips)
  • discounts on admission to events
  • discounts and/or first choice on group purchase items
  • free supplies
  • participation in other projects
Everyone attending our social hour & meetings may benefit from:
  • formal presentations
  • meeting others with similar interests
  • news about our shared interests, from local to global
  • learning informally from others who have specific areas of expertise
The purposes of NMS, as stated in our Articles of Incorporation, are education and encouragement of interest in the scientific fields of mineralogy and the earth sciences.
Your dues are used to accomplish that mission by paying for:
  • printing and mailing the Bulletin
  • maintaining the web site
  • Zooming and recording the meeting programs
  • insurance which allows members to undertake field trips, meetings on the Penn State campus, and other events
  • dues to the Federations which provide services and further our goals
  • honoraria for invited speakers
  • refreshments
  • educational activities
  • other projects chosen by the Board of Directors
  • other operating costs
Our membership year is from November 1 through October 31.
Reduced rates may be available for those joining in March or later.
     $20 for an individual
     $30 for a family (two or more family members, all at one address,
            all members listed by name)
     $15 for senior citizens (age 65 and over)
     $7 for students (including Penn State students).

To join, please fill out a dues form (there is no separate membership application form), and send it along with payment as indicated, or bring the form and payment to a meeting.

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