History of The Southern Maryland Rock & Mineral Club
In 1989, the “Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club” was officially formed at the Clearwater Nature Center. They joined the EFMLS (Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies) in 1990. The club held rock and mineral shows for 25 years, including large shows at the Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro. We continued to meet at the Nature Center until the start of Covid-19. When we could no longer meet there, the Club moved to a new location. It's bigger and better and we look forward to having rock and mineral shows again.
We usually take at least one trip a month from March to December. Most are within 200 miles. Most of our trips are in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. we also take longer trips lasting for several days. We have been to Arkansas, Kentucky, New York, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana and California.
The Field Trip Chairman announces all upcoming trips at the monthly meetings and follows-up with emails to members. For local trips the emails include directions to the site, arrival time, and appropriate tools and gear for the hunt.
Everyone is responsible for getting to and from the site location using their own transportation or make carpooling arrangements with other members.
After each trip the Trip Leader prepares a written report which is posted to this website. See all the trips we've taken since 2010 by clicking here.
When - Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month
Time - 7:00pm
Where - The Old Waldorf School, 3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf, Md.
See map on " Home Page"
Visitors are always Welcome!
How to Join
The best way to join is to come to a meeting. learn about what we do, and meet some of the members. You can join while at the meeting or fill out a Membership Application and mail it to our Treasurer.
The dues are $25 for an Individual or $35 for a Family.
Join us on our next Field Trip
The first club “Rock Show” was held at the Clearwater Nature Center in 1990 and was an overwhelming success with 800 visitors --- a total which was not reached again until the “25th Annual Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show” held in 2015 with over 1,000 attendees at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro. We plan to start holding shows again at our new location in the near future. Check this website for information as it becomes available.