Berks County Mineralogical Society
The Berks Mineralogical Society is the rock, gem, fossil, mineral and lapidary club for Berks County Pennsylvania. We conduct monthly meetings in the Auditorium Room at the Reading Public Museum. The club meets at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of every month with the exception of July and August. Please use the rear entrance of the museum. All are welcome to attend the monthly meetings as it is open to anyone in the area that wants to join.
Berks Mineralogical Society was formed in 1957 by rock and mineral enthusiasts to share their love of geology. The club encourages the interest, enjoyment, and appreciation of the history in our community while promoting the education of rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, and the lapidary arts.
Berks Mineralogical Society is a non-profit educational organization and informal geology club. The questions most people coming to us are interested in is, "Where can I collect rocks and fossils?" and "What rocks and fossils can I find in PA?" Join Berks Mineralogical Society to come join our mineral and fossil hunts and find out. We share the locations we visit with our members and our dues are very reasonable. Our field trips include many areas throughout PA, some of which we get special permission to see. Many of these sites we visit and collect from are never open to the general public. Due to our commitment to safety and respect for the areas we visit, quarries and mine dumps will give us occasional access.
The Berks Mineralogical Society is an informal group and we welcome any person or people with a sincere interest in minerals, collecting rocks, uncovering fossils and lapidary arts or those who just want to learn more about rocks and other earth sciences.
Yearly dues are $20 for single and $25 for a family
We are a member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc and a member of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
- Offer Collecting Trips to places not accessible to the general public and to provide information where people can go to collect on their own.
- Stimulate Interest in the earth sciences.
- Increase Knowledge of the properties, identification, and valuation of gems, rocks, minerals, and fossils.
- Provide Opportunities for fellowship among members and with other clubs having similar interests.
As a member of the club you will enjoy:
- Field trips for rock hounding and fossil hunting
- Skill building programs
- Expert advice and ideas
- Participation in our annual Gem, mineral and fossil show