Welcome to our Society

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 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.

View Our Meetings Calendar.

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.

View Our Field Trips Calendar.


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

Download an Application.


La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
5801 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California   90036

Parking for Members is provided behind the museum provided they show their annual parking pass. Members are admitted for parking without charge, regardless of signs posted at the entrance. Once parked, use the rear entrance of the museum. Press the button to alert the guard if you find the doors locked. Meetings take place to the right and down the hall way, in Classroom 4.


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.


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.