The Southern California Paleontological Society, founded January 5, 1960, is a non-profit organization which pledges itself to work in cooperation with scientific institutions and to work for the preservation of the fossil record.  Members are welcome to collect, preserve, and study paleontological material.

Monthly Field Trips

Each month, the Society leads a field trip to collect fossils, tour a museum, or hike an area of paleontological significance. Occasionally there are even trips out of state.

Monthly Meetings

Once a month the Society meets for an informative program about fossils and fossil collecting. At meetings, members are treated to informative lectures by scientists and professionals working in Paleontology today. Members also take this opportunity to display fossils they recently acquired, enjoy snacks, and participate in a raffle that supports our academic awards.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.,
Los Angeles, 90007

We meet in the Times Mirror Room of the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, accessed from the museum’s southwest corner, facing the south lawn of the museum. Enter through the double glass doors. You will need to sign in with the Security officers as you enter. The Times Mirror Room is to the right and down the ramp to the level below.

Parking for Members

Parking for members is provided behind the museum in the car park via Bill Robertson Lane in the northwest corner of Exposition Park, provided they show their annual parking pass. Members are admitted for parking without charge, regardless of signs posted at the entrance. For additional parking, enter at Figueroa Boulevard and Exposition Park Drive/39th Street near the California Science Center. Show your parking pass at the booth there, and you should be able to park for free.

Expo Line Access

The Natural History Museum is convenient to the Los Angeles Metro system Expo Line. For details on how to take the Metro to the museum, see the museum’s website and click on “Plan your visit.”

Join or Renew Membership

To join the Southern California Paleontological Society, or obtain a yearly subscription to the Bulletin, download and fill out an application. Bring your application to the first Society meeting you would like to attend along with your first payment of dues, or mail your application and dues to us at this address:

Southern California Paleontological Society
1411 Goodman Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Bi-Monthy Bulletin

Members receive a subscription to the Bulletin of the Southern California Paleontological Society. Published bi-monthly, the Bulletin features articles about fossils and fossil collecting, national and international paleontological findings, Society events, and other items of interest to its readers.

Awards for Academic Excellence

For nearly 60 years, the Los Angeles County Science Fair has showcased thousands of outstanding scientific studies.  In addition to helping to sponsor the Fair, SCPS presents its “Awards for Academic Excellence” for several paleontology related projects each year to students in both the Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12) Divisions.

Click here for more information about the SCPS Awards.


Our Society is incredibly grateful for the many years of cooperation and assistance we have received from the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.