Welcome to the Colorado Scientific Society

The oldest scientific society in the Rocky Mountain region

Founded in 1882, the Colorado Scientific Society promotes knowledge, the understanding of science, and its application to human needs. We focus primarily on earth science, welcoming members with interests in all fields of science. Learn more.


Future Colorado Scientific Society Meetings and Field Trips

CSS January Meeting – Cancelled

Our planned January 17 meeting, which was to have featured two multimedia presentations about Kilauea Volcano, is cancelled due to effects of the government shutdown. Both of our erstwhile speakers are USGS staff who were going to make presentations about the work at Kilauea. We plan to have their presentations rescheduled for April (the date will be April 18).

CSS Meeting, February 21, 2019 – Two presentations:
The Beulah marble: Ornamental stones of Colorado

Ken Balleweg, Consulting Geologist

Geographies Unrealized, The Story of Four Cartographic Myths of North America

Don McGurk, Rocky Mountain Map Society

Meet as usual at the Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church
11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO
Social time is at 6:30; meeting & program at 7:00
Map for Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church

CSS Meeting, March 21, 2019
A Cook’s Tour of Colorado’s Glacial Landscape

Vince Matthews, Leadville Geology

CSS Meeting, April 18, 2019 (Tentative)
Kilauea’s 2018 Eruption – New methods and perspectives for monitoring volcanic eruptions

Don Becker, USGS and Jeff Sloan, USGS

Don Becker, USGS, is a videographer who was sent to Kilauea to film and document the 2018 eruption and earthquakes;
Jeff Sloan works in the USGS UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems; i.e., “drones”) program and will show how they were used at Kilauea.
Expect to see a lot of great video “footage” of the eruption.

CU Archives the CSS History

The Colorado Scientific Society’s historical records have been saved on Beth Simmon’s porch. The archivists from Norlin Library at the University of Colorado agreed to preserve our old records including The Proceedings of the Colorado Scientific Society, Minutes of CSS Meetings, records of Field Trips including field trip guides, financial records, etc.

This provides a safe permanent home for our archives. (We still kept copies of all key documents including all volumes of The Proceedings, and will be posting more of it here on the website.)

Katelyn Morken, Megan Freidel,, and Beth Simmons busy archiving the CSS files


Megan Freidel, Katelyn Morken, and Beth Simmons – archival copies taken


CSS History Nugget

An article in the Colorado Scientific Society in Empire Magazine (4.8 MB) from Dec. 5, 1982. (The Empire Magazine was in the Sunday Denver Post.) The author, Zeke Scher, gathered stories of our first hundred years from many now-legendary CSS members. You will enjoy them.

Read the January 2019 CSS Newsletter

Renew your membership with the Colorado Scientific Society 2019 Membership Form

Abstracts of Past Colo. Scientific Society Meetings

The Colorado Scientific Society was founded in 1882 as a forum for the exchange of observations and ideas on the topics of earth science. Our lecture series occurs on the third Thursday of each month, from September through May. Lecture topics largely focus on earth science, and are open to the public. In addition to our monthly lecture series, the society is also active in public service. We fund student research grants, construct and post signs that describe local geologic features, and organize and lead several field trips.

The Colorado Scientific Society usually meets on the third Thursday of the month from September through May at The Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO
Social time is at 6:30; meeting & program at 7:00
(In the summer months of June-August, too many are off in the field.)
Map for Shepherd of the Hills Church

Corporate Sponsorship of the Colorado Scientific Society

Corporate sponsorship helps the Society continue to provide earth science-related talks, field trips, and other events to a broad cross-section of Front Range geologists and interested people. Please accept an invitation from the Colorado Scientific Society to become a corporate sponsor, enabling us to continue and expand our programs.
Details of corporate sponsorship of the Colorado Scientific Society

The Colorado Scientific Society is an Associated Society of the Geological Society of America

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