Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures

It?s always an adventure

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2016 Trips

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM

     Give your spouse, sibling, children and friends the gift of an adventure that they'll remember the rest of their lives!

     Give them a Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures Gift Certificate!

     Give your loved ones an adventure they'll remember forever!  Most of our trips range from $30 per person for a day to $250 per person for a 3-day weekend.  Our average trip is $150 per person for a weekend trip.  Most of our trips do not include food, lodging or transportation.  For more information on how to buy a Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures Gift Certificate, e-mail cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com or call me at 610-209-0758.  Gift certificates do not have an expiration date, so if they aren't used up in 2018, they can be used at a later date.  We ahve an adventure somwhere almost every weekend from April through November.  COME PLAY IN THE MUD WITH US!  "It's Always an Adventure!"


Choose a 3-Day or a 5-Day Trip!

Friday, June 1st, Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd, 2018


Friday, June 1st, Saturday, June 2nd, Sunday, June 3rd, Monday, June 4th,

and Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Sorry - this trip is totally booked up


The M&M Ranch in Nebraska

     The M&M Ranch in Crawford County, Nebraska will be hosting Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures for a fossil collecting trip on June 1-5, 2018.  Both 3 and 5 day trips are available during this time period with both having special reduced pricing for MAFANA customers.

     M&M Ranch is located in the northwest corner of Nebraska in an area called the High Plains, at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level.  M&M Ranch consists of 365 acres of buttes and stream beds with Eocene and Oligocene fossil bearing exposures.  Millions of years ago, this area thrived with terrestrial animals such as pigs, oreodonts, sabre tooth cats, camels, canids, 2 species of pre-Equus horses, rhinoceros, titanotheres, squirrels, rabbits, mice, snakes, lizards, turtles and many more.  Besides the special pricing for MAFANA customers on the trip, we will also be able to keep "everything" we find.  Many other fossil hunting locations in the upper mid-west do not allow customers to keep prized specimens like a sabre tooth cat, but M&M Ranch is granting MAFANA customers this privilege as part of the group trip.

     If you register early, you will be able to stay close to the Ranch.  Your lodging is NOT included in the pricing.  There is a quaint western town nearby that has 8 rooms for rent.  It's located on an adjoining property to the M&M Ranch, and it has original buildings of an old ghost town.  In addition to the "bunk houses" (cabins) where we stay, this "ghost town" has a General Store, a Post Office, a Saloon, a Cook Shack with an open pit ash wood fire with local beef on the menu, and of course the Jail (so behave yourselves or else).  Breakfast is included if you  stay there, and for an additional cost he will also make your lunch.

     If you don't register early, there is a hotel about 25 to 35 miles away.

     Crawford Nebraska is a 26 hour drive from Richmond, VA, a 3 hour drive from the Rapid City, South Dakota Airport, and a 5 1/2 hour drive from the Denver Airport.

     Persons wishing to participate in this trip should take into account the 4,000 foot elevation and hilly terrain.


This trip is great for adults and for children ages 12 and up.

Cost:  $250 per day per person for a 3-day trip, totaling $750 per person.  This does not include transportation (we meet at the Ranch), food or lodging.

            $225 per day per person for a 5-day trip, totaling $1,125 per person.  This does not include transportation (we meet at the Ranch), food or lodging.


     For a 3-day Trip - $200 deposit due when registering for the trip.  $275 due by 2/1/18 and the balance of $275 is due no later than 5/1/18.

     For a 5-day Trip - $200 deposit due when registering for the trip.  $475 due by 2/1/18 and athe balance of $450 is due no later than 5/1/18.


Our 2018 Paleontology Camp

at Stratford Hall, Virginia

Monday afternoon, August 6th

through Friday afternoon, August 10th, 2018

Campers collecting fossils during our Paleo Camp last year.

     Children ages 7 through 17 will have the opportunity to collect fossils and learn about paleontology and stratigraphy with paleontologists at historic Stratford Hall Plantation in Virginia.

     We will be staying in the Stratford Hall Cheek and Astor Guest Houses, right on the beautiful plantation!  These guest houses sleep 2 per room, and each room has its own bathroom.  Stratford Hall will provide our meals.

    We will collect fossils each day at locations along the Potomac River.  Most evenings a paleontologist will be with us to talk about fossils.  One of the evenings, the Campers will learn how to make shark tooth necklaces using the shark teeth they find.

     One of the days, we'll be given a tour of the Great House of Stratford Hall, home of 2 signers of the Declaration of Independence, and General Robert E. Lee's birthplace.

     Stratford Hall Beach is closed to the public - except for a small roped-in area.  We have special permission to take groups far past the ropes to collect fossils.  This site is Upper Miocene Age (6-14 million years old).  Shark teeth, whale bones and teeth, crocodile bones and teeth and turtle shell are among the many fossils found here.  Occasionally, even a megalodon tooth is found.  A megalodon is an extinct giant shark - the huge monster whose teeth can reach 5" or 6" long.  Some complete whale, porpoise and crocodile skeletons have been collected here by paleontologists.  There are also some beautiful fossil shells found here, including chesapectens and ecphora.  Some of the chesapectens have both valves attached, and some of the ecphora are complete, or almost complete.

     We'll have motorboats with us to take us to other sites along the Potomac River.  One of the days we will drive to Fairview Beach, Virginia, put the boats in the water, and stop at many beaches on the Virginia side of the Potomac to collect fossils.  Then we'll cross the Potomac to the Maryland side (depending upon water conditions), and collect fossils along several beaches there.  Most of these sites are Paleocene Age, Aquia Formation.  They are just above the Cretaceous Age.  We'll find many small shark teeth, hopefully some crocodile teeth, and lots of turritella shells and some beautiful frilly oysters.


You must register early, as space is extremely limited.

Cost:  $900 per person.  If a parent, grandparent or sibling joins them, the charge of the parent or sibling is $850.  This includes all meals, lodging, boat rides, lectures, Great House tour, - everything.