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.
October 19th regular meeting:
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 http://www.nittanymineral.org/EESBmap.jpg. For official campus maps see http://www.geog.psu.edu/print-campus-maps .
NMS now has T-shirts in two new colors.
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
2016: CELESTINE is under consideration for Pennsylvania State Mineral
Collecting crystals in a quarry
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!