Niagara Peninsula Geological Society (NPGS)

Notices
Public Comments NPGS has an additional Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/NPGS-Gem-Mineral-Fossil-Show-Sale/549387778513135
Contact Details
E-Mail npgsgeo@gmail.com
Website www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/
Social Media Facebook
Primary Contact Kevin Strooband, President; Email: npgsgeo@gmail.com
Alternate Contact Darlene Sloggett, Director; Phone: 905-354-6612
Primary Executive NPGS Executive Committee; Email: npgsgeo@gmail.com
Site Details
Areas Served Hamilton ; Niagara Region
Boundaries Ontario
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 General 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: npgsgeo@gmail.com
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
Eligibility No restrictions
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
Languages English
Fees Membership - $20 Family, $15 individual
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1962
Elections AGM Annual General Meeting - February
Meetings 3rd Fri 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 Fri) 
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. 
Parking is free. 
 
Rocks and fossils can be brought to meetings for identification
Service Categories Science and Mathematics Associations
Resources The Pink Dolomite Saddle Bulletin can be found online at http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/newsletters.htm
Events FIELD TRIPS 
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: npgstrips@gmail.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! 
We are currently in the planning stages for our 2018 show which takes place on the 2nd weekend in June. 
We, also, are currently looking for a new Show Chair. So, if you're up for a challenge, we'll be happy to talk to you!  
 
More details for our show can be found on the website and on both Facebook pages. Email for show is: npgsshow@gmail.com 
 
ANNUAL PICNIC 
Usually 3rd or 4th Saturday in June and can include a close-by field trip. BBQ picnic runs from 11 am-3 pm. If field trip is included, the picnic can go as late as 5 pm.