Friends of Mineralogy Virginia (FMVA) Inc., is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and expanding the study of mineralogy and the hobby of mineral collecting. Our mission is to promote and preserve Virginia mineral and mining heritage while expanding the knowledge of minerals more broadly through community programs and industry partnerships.

NEW BOOK RELEASE: July 22
The Northern Virginia Trap Rock Quarries

The first major publication on Virginia’s mineral resources in thirty years.

FMVA Speaker Series

FMVA hosts an incredible speaker series every last week of the month, bringing in experts from various fields related to mineralogy and geoscience. Our speaker series is viewed by people from around the world and our growing audience brings together a diverse background of interests. Check out our speaker series on YouTube, with 35 lectures and growing!

Our Work

FMVA strives to be your top resource and state-wide nonprofit on all things minerals and geology. Check out some of our work and activities.

VIRGINIA MINERAL DIRECTORY

One-stop directory for all mineral and geoscience information in the state! Covers shops, shows, museums, books, and important online databases.

ROCKHOUNDING 101 COURSE

New to rockhounding or mineralogy? Join our Rockhounding 101 class for a deep dive into the hobby of mineral collecting. Get out in the field with our experts for hands on lessons!

FMVA SPEAKER SERIES

Come listen to our monthly speaker series. These are virtual presentations open to everyone! You can watch our videos on YouTube within two weeks after the presentation.

TEACHER MANUAL

FMVA is working with Virginia teacher associations to develop useful information teachers can use in their classroom. This teacher manual is a great resource for K-12 educators.