Friends of Mineralogy – New Jersey



Who are We?

Friends of Mineralogy of New Jersey is the NJ Chapter of the national Friends of Mineralogy organization whose objective is to promote, support, protect, and expand the collecting of mineral specimens, while furthering the recognition of the scientific, economic, and aesthetic value of minerals and mineral collecting.

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Are you a mineral collector, professional mineralogist, a curator of public and private collections, a mineral dealer, a rock hound or just curious about minerals and fossils? Consider becoming an FMNJ member and joining our activities. Membership is open to all regardless of education or expertise.


Meetings are held on the third Tuesday each month at at 7:00 p.m. at Monmouth Worship Center, 37 Vanderburg Rd, Marlboro Township, NJ 07746. Meetings are open to all members. We plan field trips, swap minerals and listen to talks by mineral and fossil experts. There is always time to show specimens and get help identifying the difficult ones.

Next FM-NJ Virtual Meeting:                 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Derek Yoost will be presenting on Washington State, “The Land of Fire and Ice”.  Here is a summary of the presentation:

Washington State is an enigma; full of dichotomies.  Present day Washington in Seattle has one of the largest rainfall totals on record in the continental USA with 6″ bright yellow banana slugs, but Spokane on the other side of the state is a bone dry desert containing pygmy horn toads.  Going back into the geologic record, the state also presents its dual nature.  There have been large outpourings of molten lava as well as frigid ice, both necessary to produce the beautiful petrified wood the state is famous for.  Please come see for yourself this interesting process. 

For a link to a virtual meeting, email President Dave Shapiro.

Field Trips

In conjunction with the North Jersey Mineralogical Society, FMNJ runs field trips to mineral and fossil deposits in the MD, DE, PA, NY and NJ region to collect specimens. See our Trips page for recent and upcoming trips.

New YouTube Channel and /and Domain Name

We now have …….. a YouTube Channel !!!  We can all now watch the online meeting presentations that have been recorded for the last several months.  Ryan still has to finish uploading all of the videos, but he has 1 completed so far on the Ediacaran Explosion.  To view this, go to Youtube, put in as search: Friends of Mineralogy NJ Chapter Central NJ and you’ll be able to view the video!!

Also news – we have a new Domain name which is in the experimental phase right now, and will be managed by Ryan’s program !!  

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