Houston Conchology Society

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Meetings

Society meetings are held in the Houston Museum of Natural Science at 5555 Hermann Park Drive on the third Tuesday every month except March, June, July, and December.  The dates and times for the December Christmas Party and the March Auction are  published in the newsletter.  Refreshments are served at 7:00 PM and the business meeting begins at 7:30 PM.

Membership Form

Click here: (Membership Form) to get a printable PDF copy of our current membership form.


Directions to Museum of Natural Science

From Highway 59

If coming from the north on 59, exit Fannin and continue south on Fannin. Stay in the second lane from left. This route will bring you into Hermann Park. The Museum is the first building on your left as you enter the park.

If coming from the southwest on 59, exit Richmond and continue east on Richmond. Turn right at the second light onto Fannin and continue south on Fannin. Stay in the second lane from left. This route will bring you into Hermann Park. The Museum is the first building on your left as you enter the park.


From Highway 288

If coming from the north on 288, exit Southmore/Calumet. At the second light, turn right onto Binz. Continue on Binz and turn left onto Caroline. We're on the right after the second stop sign.

If coming from the south on 288, exit Calumet. At the first light, turn left onto Binz. Continue on Binz and turn left onto Caroline. The Museum is on the right after the second stop sign.


FromSouth Loop or the Medical Center

If coming from South Loop 610 or the medical center, exit Fannin and head north. After passing through the medical center and alongside Hermann Park, turn right into the park toward the statue of Sam Houston. The Museum will be the first building on the left after the Sam Houston monument.


Parking is available in the Museum's Parking Garage.



Programs

Programs cover a wide range of topics including shell classification, marine ecology, research projects, field trip reports and shell-related arts and crafts.  These programs are presented by invited guests and members of the Society.


Auction

An annual auction is held in March.  Funds derived support education grants to students working in malacology, donations to the Malacology Department of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the publication of The Epitonium and the Texas Conchologist.


Activities

Society members are involved in presenting programs to organizations, local schools, and other shell clubs.  Members exhibit shell displays at libraries, shopping malls, and other public venues.  Several members enjoy participating in competitive shell shows resulting in many prizes, including some national awards.


Bylaws

HCS bylaws are available for view by the public by clicking on this link: BYLAWS.


Field Trips

The Society sponsors several field trips each year.  One-day and weekend trips have been taken to Galveston, Port Aransas, Florida and Padre Island.  Longer trips have been made to Cozumel, Belize, Baja, Costa Rica and the Bahamas.  Unofficial field trips sometimes occur when members host social gatherings.  Visitors are welcome to attend the meetings and the field trips.


Publications

Members receive The Epitonium, the Society's official newsletter.  The Epitonium is also available on this Web site on the Publications page.

The Texas Conchologist is a widely recognized malacological publication first published in September, 1964.  The Texas Conchologist ceased publication in December, 2004.

Scientific publications and articles of interest to conchologists can be found on HCS's Publications page.



To Join

Click here: (Membership Form) to get a printable PDF copy of our current membership form.


Last updated 4/10/17.


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