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
See the schedule of Fall programs on our Calendar.

Penn State's Earth & Mineral Sciences Museum will be open for two hours on home football Saturdays in 2016: 9-11 a.m. for afternoon games, 2-4 p.m. for evening games.

October 19th regular meeting:
A Geological Tour of California -
Los Angeles to San Francisco

by Dr. Charles E. Miller, Jr.

Our October meeting will be held Wednesday the 19th in Room 114 (large auditorium) Earth & Engineering Sciences Building 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, refreshments in the lobby
7:45 to 8:00 p.m.: announcements, questions, answers
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!

As an undergraduate student in a geology course, I recall the instructor saying: "There is geology and then there is California geology." The interesting and varied geology of California is due to a suite of physical factors including large size, long coastline, two tectonic plates, and active faults. This travelogue discusses highlights of that diverse geology.

See the complete illustrated article in the October NMS Bulletin.

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 2016: 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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