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 April 7 2018

REGISTER NOW for April 7th Minerals Junior Education Day for children in grades 1 - 8. Please register by Wednesday, April 4.

NMS March 21st meeting:
The Iron Ores of Kish Valley

Paul Fagley, Cultural Educator
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Greenwood Furnace State Park Complex

Our March meeting will be held Wednesday the 21st in 114 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, refreshments in the hallway
    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!

In the 19th century, iron ore was dug in Big Valley (more formally known as Kishacoquillas Valley) to feed several local furnaces. The prospects of mineral wealth led to a push for a railroad in the valley, but it came too late. What kinds of ore were found, how was it formed, where was it dug, and where it went will be presented in this program on a long gone industry of the scenic valley. Samples of ore will be shown as a part of the program.

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 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 has in stock the new order of 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 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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