Delaware Valley Paleontological Society
Who We Are The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society is a nonprofit educational organization chartered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are a diverse group of people, ranging from amateurs to avocational and professional paleontologists brought together by our uncommon common interest.
Benefits Of Membership
The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society Newsletter is published ten times each fiscal year, September through June. The newsletter covers the activities of the Society as well as other items that might be of interest to our members. Items such as Upcoming Events, a list of local shows and happenings related to paleontology, Dig This, reports of news items in paleontology, Field Trip Schedule, and Field Trip Reports. There is also the occasional article from guest writers. Members are always encouraged to submit material they would like to share.
Meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month from September through June in the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We kick-off the meeting with an update of Society business by Officers and Committee Chairs. Then we sit back and enjoy our guest speaker for the evening. Guest speakers range from amateur members to notable people in the field. Here’s a brief recap of some of our past guest speakers.
The DVPS takes to the field on a regular basis, visiting sites throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Canada.
www.dvps.org is our web address. You will find up-to-date information about the club as well as recent photos from field trips, member finds, and world class fossils. In addition there are field trip reports and links to recent news of interest to fossil enthusiasts. The website is a work in progress and we are constantly making changes to make the site more interesting and relevant to our members.
Fossil Fair is our annual fund raising and community outreach event. Proceeds from Fossil Fair help to support our scholarships and grants program, as well as the ongoing activities of the DVPS. A lot of effort goes into making Fossil Fair a success. Funds are raised through the sales of fossils and other related items at our sales table and also by way of our food concessions. The exhibit area gives members the opportunity to publicly display their collections. There’s also children’s activities including a fossil dig, and the kids get to keep what they find. Donations of fossils, paleo-related items, and food, are vital to the success of this event.
The DVPS publishes a scientific, peer-reviewed journal, The Mosasaur, on an occasional basis. It contains articles on fossils and geology related topics, especially those of local interest. The editors of the journal welcome contributions from amateur paleontologists as well as those from professionals in the field, publishing articles of interest to all.
The Fund was established by the DVPS in 1994 in to provide a scholarship to graduate students actively pursuing a master’s degree or a doctorate in paleontology in the Delaware Valley region. It is named in memory of Paul N. Bond to honor his commitment to the study of paleontology and the respect in which he was held by all who knew him. Paul was a charter member of the society, served on the board of directors and also as a past Vice-President. He was an inspiration to us all.
The DVPS awards grants at the discretion of the Officers.
This website is maintained by James DuHadaway.
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