The South Coast Geological Society (SCGS) is one of the oldest and most active geological societies in California. Formed in 1970, the SCGS founders encouraged an environment where industry professionals could gather, network, and share their latest projects and research with the general goal that the best geologist learns continuously throughout their career. Through the years, SCGS has grown to approximately 200 members.
Monthly meetings are usually held on the first Monday. However, meeting location and days may vary to accommodate meeting with other local societies and speakers, so check the Upcoming Meetings page for the latest information. Most SCGS members are geology professionals living and/or working in Southern California. SCGS member disciplines range from hydrogeologists, geotechnical engineers, petroleum geologists, mining geologists, environmental geologists, college professors, students and others.
SCGS organizes an annual fall field trip. The SCGS field trip guidebooks are renowned as a comprehensive compilation for the region showcased for the trips. The road logs in the guidebooks allow individuals to recreate that trip; however, the lively outcrop discussion on the trip is not to be missed. Currently 43 guidebooks are available for purchase on our publications page, at the monthly meeting, or at Nevada Mineral & Book Company in Tustin.
Another annual event is the SCGS poster session that highlights work by both professionals, academics, and students. SCGS promotes industry growth by recruiting poster presentations by students from the surrounding universities. SCGS provides awards to winners in multiple categories (e.g., Best Graduate Student Poster or Best Undergraduate Poster). In general, SCGS is a great networking opportunity for students interested in geology careers. Student membership in SCGS is free and meals are discounted.
SCGS is a non-profit, volunteer-led, organization that is funded by member dues, donations and corporate sponsorships. Corporate sponsorships are vital to SCGS success. Sponsorships fund the guidebook publication, offset the annual field trip costs, student attendance at monthly meetings, and scholarships. The four sponsorships levels allow contributions in any amount. Ultimately, SCGS is driven by the passion and devotion of its members for the geosciences.
SCGS is always accepting new membership applications. Please also be sure to sign up to receive the monthly SCGS newsletter, “The Record”. This will also enable meeting announcements and important updates via email. Alternatively, email us at email@example.com. Membership is free for students and $40 for professionals.