Niagara Peninsula Geological Society (NPGS)
|Record #: NIA2317||Last Modified: 13 Sep 2018||Last Full Update: 13 Sep 2018|
|Public Comments||NPGS has an additional Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/NPGS-Gem-Mineral-Fossil-Show-Sale/549387778513135|
|Primary Contact||Dave Baker, President; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alternate Contact||Darlene Sloggett, Director; Phone: 289-407-6393|
|Primary Executive||NPGS Board; Email: email@example.com|
|Areas Served||Hamilton ; Niagara Region|
|Located In Community||St Catharines|
|Mailing Address||c/o NPGS (c/o John Tordiff, Newsletter Editor)
120 South Dr
St Catharines, ON L2R 4V9
|Service and Access Details|
|Description (Service)||A rock club whose purpose is to promote the collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils including micro-minerals and micro-fossils; to promote making jewellery, stone carving, and lapidary; and to promote the earth sciences, in particular geology and paleontology.
Activities include monthly meetings, potlucks, field trips, an AGM, an annual auction, an annual gem, mineral, & fossil show & sale (a GEOventure!), and an annual picnic - and sometimes some extra events.
The September meeting is a time to catch up on what's happened throughout the summer including showing off specimens that have been collected. Guest speakers attend regular meetings from October-April. The May meeting is the Annual Auction which provides the opportunity to increase or reduce ones' collection.
Publish a monthly (Sep-Apr/May, sometimes Jun) newsletter: The Pink Dolomite Saddle
A lending library is available for all members at the meetings @ Brock University. Members can also borrow various rockhounding equipment such as, a microscope, a rock splitter, a camera, a fluorescent lamp, a Geiger counter.
Outreach program (free) - 4 Touch Tables can be borrowed by anyone or any group:
1) Niagara Rocks! (can be split into 2 smaller Touch Tables)
2) Lava from around the World
3) Canadian Shield Treasures (can be split into 4 smaller Touch Tables)
4) Mini Table (extra specimens from the Jurassic to the Holocene - yes, one is a dinosaur bone!).
Touch Tables email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Hours||Third Fri, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm, Sep-May (Jun)|
|Dates||Meetings: Sep-May (Jun) * Field Trips: Apr-Oct, sometimes ROM in the winter months|
|Application||Call for information, visit Facebook, or access the "Contact Us" webpage for the membership form: http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/contact.htm
Membership forms are always available in the newsletter and on the website.
|Fees||Membership - $20 Family, $15 individual|
|Physical Access||Fully Accessible|
|Legal Status||(50) Non Profit|
|Meetings||3rd Fridays 7:30 pm-9:30 pm at Brock University, Department of Earth Sciences, Mackenzie Chown Complex, Room MCD 309.
(Sometimes due to scheduling @ Brock University, our meetings get re-scheduled to a 4th Friday.)
Meetings feature guest speakers, silent auctions, member displays, refreshments, and much more. Parking is $4.
Dec and Feb meetings are held at Mountainview Church, 150 Glendale Avenue, St Catharines from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm for our potlucks. (The church has a kitchen.)
Parking is free.
Rocks and fossils can be brought to meetings for identification
|Service Categories||Science and Mathematics Associations|
|Print Material||The Pink Dolomite Saddle Bulletin can be found online at http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/newsletters.htm|
to collect minerals, crystals, gems, and fossils are usually scheduled on Fridays or Saturdays, April through October - and usually once per month - sometimes twice per month. Locations can range from a 1/2 hour up to a 6 hour drive. Some field trips are also weekend-long or week-long (and so, camping trips & more driving time).
Field Trip dates - as well as details, maps, and what you can find + Field Trip safety, rules, tools, and other stuff - are posted on the website, Facebook and in the Newsletter.
Email for field trips is: email@example.com
The CCFMS (Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies) also conducts field trips - usually 3 or 4 per year - of which many of our members also attend.
Some of the field trips are kid-friendly - meaning that all ages can participate. A parent is expected to accompany the child or children. All other field trips require participants to be 16 years or older.
ANNUAL GEM, MINERAL, and FOSSIL SHOW and SALE- a GEOventure!
takes place on the second Saturday in June - from 10 am until 5 pm - usually at Firemen's Park, Niagara Falls
More details for our show can be found on the website and on both Facebook pages. Email for show is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Either a Saturday or Sunday in June, July, or August (always after the show!) - often at Heartland Forest (one of our favourite spots plus there's loads to do @ Heartland) and can include a close-by field trip. BBQ picnic usually runs from 11 am-3 pm. If field trip is included, the picnic can go as late as 5 pm.