A small group of geologists, earth science teachers, students and hobbyists organized the SIGS in 1972 to stimulate interest in mineralogy, geology, paleontology, and the lapidary arts. The Society has broad activities designed for everyone from beginners to professionals. These activities include illustrated presentations on a wide range of earth science topics, participation in gem and mineral shows and field trips to available collecting areas, both here and in other states. The informal social environment of the Society holds the interest of all ages from the youngest to the oldest. The general meetings are free and open to all who wish to attend. We are also affiliated with the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS) and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS). Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month (September to June) at 7:30 P.M. in the basement meeting room adjacent to the gym and small parking lot at the back of the Father Hicks Center, St. Clare's School, Lindenwood Road entrance, Great Kills, Staten Island. At each meeting, a speaker presents a talk on their specialized field. Some are skilled hobbyists and others well-known professionals, but all of them bring their specialties to us for our enjoyment.
In order to participate in SIGS field trips, you must be a member in good standing, as our liability insurance will cover you not only to and from the field trips but to and from our meetings on Staten Island, New York as well.