About Us

Cypraea spadicea, 55mm

Founded in 1961, the San Diego Shell Club is a non-profit organization organized and operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes and more particularly to enjoy, promote the study, and further the conservation of Mollusca and associated marine life, through lectures, club meetings, and field trips. Our membership is varied and includes beginning collectors, amateurs, scientists, divers, underwater photographers, and dealers.

The Club supports scientific publications, museums, and student grants. Members participate in a variety of scientific projects, events and expeditions. Many donate time as associates to various museums, such as the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Members also serve as guest lecturers at schools, senior centers, dive clubs, and other organizations.

The San Diego Shell Club has also lent its support to the Greater San Diego Science Fair since 1972 by awarding prizes in the category of marine life, offered occasional student grants such as the Anthony D’Attilio grant, and contributed to the Western Society of Malacologists student grant.

Trivia solandri 15 mm P. Tuskes

Trivia solandri, 15mm

The Festivus: The Club has regularly published The Festivus, a peer-reviewed publication, since 1970. Each issue of The Festivus includes articles on subjects related to malacology and shell collecting, as well as updates on Club events and book reviews. The Festivus is distributed worldwide to both members and member institutions, as well as on an exchange basis. It is published quarterly in February, May, August, and November, with occasional supplements.

Meetings: The Club has nine regular meetings each year featuring guest speakers and seven annual events: an April Shell Auction and Potluck, exhibiting at the San Diego County Fair in June, a Shell Bazaar in July, the West Coast Shell Show in August, a September Fall party, a November Shell Auction, and a Holiday dinner party in December.

Membership Dues: Membership dues are: $20 to receive e-mail copy of The Festivus (Domestic and Foreign); $35 to receive The Festivus by mail (Domestic), $60 to receive a copy of The Festivus by mail (Foreign and outside the continental United States).

Associate Memberships: The San Diego Shell Club is a member of national organizations such as American Malacological Society, Western Society of Malacologists, and Conchologists of America.