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2016 Trips

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM

New Jersey Pine Barrens Reptile Hunt

and Tree Frog Walk


Saturday, May 19th, 2018



An adorable endangered Pine Barrens Tree Frog that we saw on a prior New Jersey Pine Barrens Reptile Hunt and Tree Frog Walk


     Explore the New Jersey Pine Barrens with naturalist Karenne Snow.  We'll meet in the early afternoon, and head for the amazing Pine Barrens to look for reptiles!  We will most likely see fence lizards and other lizards and amphibians, and hopefully a few snakes.


     We'll break for dinner, and continue on our adventure into the Pine Barrens at night!  We hope to find the adorable endangered Pine Barrens Tree Frogs, Spring Peepers, Leopard Frogs, hear Carpenter Frogs, see Fowlers Toads, maybe Cricket Frogs, and hopefully a few more species.



We recommend this trip for adults and for children ages 5 and up.


Cost:  $35 per adult and $25 per child under age 18.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS WONDERFUL TRIP, e-MAIIL cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Fossil Collecting in Big Brook, NJ

Saturday, May 19th, 2018


Gorgeous mosasaur tooth found by a lucky young man during a prior Big Brook Fossil Trip.


     Be a paleontologist for a day and hunt for marine fossils at a Cretaceous site in northern New Jersey.  Long-time paleontology enthusiast and Big Brook expert, Derek Yoost, will be our trip leader for the day.


     Big Brook is a stream yielding fossil shark teeth, vertebrae and coprolites, enchodus (extinct saber-toothed herring) teeth and jaws, belemnite (extinct squid-like creatures) "pens", fossil oysters, brachiopods, turtle shell, crab claws, and ususally at least 1 person on our trip finds a mosasaur tooth (extinct giant sea reptile).


This trip is great for beginners and children ages 5 and up.


Cost:  $40 per adult and $30 per child under age 18.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS WONDERFUL TRIP, e-MAIL cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Nebraska!


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


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

                                                                                  or

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.


Payments:

     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.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR TRIP, e-MAIL cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Historical Minerals Trip in PA

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018


A gorgeous rock with yellow and red jasper and quartz found during our Historical Minerals Trip last year.


     Karenne Snow, President of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society and co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, will lead us on this fabulous mineral trip.  We will meet in Jasper Park in Vera Cruz, PA near Allentown.  While we walk along the trails in the park and see some of the Paleo Indian jasper mines, Karenne will tell us about the jasper mining that was done there.  We will then go to a local stream and find our own jasper to take home.  We may even find jasper scrapers, arrowheads or other stone tools.  Then we'll go to a park for a picnic lunch and look for quartzite and other minerals in the nearby stream.  Our last stop will be along the river in Easton.  We'll collect several different miinerals there, including the mineral eastonite (which is a green mica) and serpentine.


This trip is for adults and for children ages 7 and up.


Cost:  $30 per adult and $20 per child under age 18.  We meet at the sites.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS WONDERFUL TRIP, e-MAIL cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Delaware Nature Weekend


Friday evening, June 15th, Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th, 2018



Looking for frogs at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge during a prior Delaware Nature Weekend


Horseshoe Crabs!     Birds!     Frogs!     Reptiles!     Amphibians!     Plants!


     If you have a passion for nature and want to learn more about the creatures that live in Delaware, you must join us on our Delaware Nature Weekend!  We will have 4 naturalists with us, taking us on nature adventures all weekend!  We will be staying in Mallard Lodge in Smyrna, Delaware.


     You should arrive Friday evening for dinner, which we will provide.  After dinner, we will have Orientation, then go out for a frog walk led by naturalist/herper Darnell Brister.  There are throusands of frogs, including several different species on and near our property.


     All day Saturday and Sunday morning we will explore the area with naturalists. 


     Naturalist/birder Karenne Snow will take us to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which is only about 15 minutes away.  The birds there are incredible.  We should see dozens of different species of shore birds.  A few years ago, in broad daylight, we saw a barred owl in a tree!


     Anthony Jackson, Environmental Educator with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, will take us seine netting in the Delaware Bay and in a salt marsh to see what fish and other critters live in the waters of Delaware.


     Naturalist Tina Hay will take us to the boardwalk on our property which is over a salt marsh.  As we walk the boardwalk, we'll learn about the importance of salt marshes, while seeing many different creatures and plants living there.


     Naturalist/herper Darnell Brister will lead us into Blackbird State Forest for reptiles and amphibians.  We hope to see several salamander species and snakes.


     Saturday evening we'll go out to dinner at a local restaurant.  After dinner, we'll be given a program about horseshoe crabs by Anthony Jackson, then we'll head to the Delaware Bay to watch thousands of horseshoe crabs mate.


     We'll have 3 of our adventures on Saturday moring and afternoon, and our last adventure on Sunday morning.  During lunch on Sunday we'll have a re-cap from our leaders about all of the different animal species that we saw.  After lunch we'll pack our bags.  After you are packed, if you would like to continue your adventure, you are welcome to canoe one of the lakes on our property for a few hours in the afternoon.  Canoes will be provided free of charge.


This trip is great for children ages 5 and up, and for adults without children!


Cost:  $200 per adult and $100 per child under age 18.  Cost includes all of the adventures with our 4 naturalists, canoe use on Sunday, Friday night's dinner, Saturday and Sunday's breakfasts and lunches, and lodging Friday and Saturday nights.  Lodging is dorm-style in bunk beds - men and boys in some rooms, women and girls in others.  Cost does NOT include transportation (we meet at Mallard Lodge in Smyrna, Delaware and caravan to the sites), or dinner Saturday night at a local restaurant.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR TRIP, E-MAIL cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758. 




Darby Creek and "Mineral Hill" Mineral Trip in PA

Sunday, June 24th, 2018



Rocks with kyanite collected in Darby Creek during a prior Darby Creek and "Mineral Hill" Mineral Collecting Trip


     Join us for a full day of mineral collecting in Prospect Park and Media, PA.  Karenne Snow, president of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society and co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, will lead this exciting trip.


     We'll walk in a stream in Prospect Park and collect kyanite, quartzite and unattractive, but interesting feldspar crystals.  Then we'll head for Media, and go to "Mineral Hill".  This area is also rich in feldspars.  We may also find moonstone, amazonite and chromite crystals here.


We recommend this trip for adults and for children ages 5 and up.


Cost:  $30 per adult and $20 per child under age 18.  We meet at the sites.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS WONDERFUL TRIP, e-MAIL cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.

 


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.


     Fossil shark expert, Dr. Bretton Kent, will give us a program one of the evenings about shark teeth.  Dr. Kent is author of Fossil Sharks of the Chesapeake Bay Region.  He's Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland.  He is featured in a National Geographic special on Monster Sharks.


     Fossil whale expert, David Bohaska, will also give a program to us on one of the evenings about fossil whales.  Mr. Bohaska is Museum Specialist in Collections Management, Department of Paleontology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.


     Steven Jasinski, Curator of Paleontology and Geology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA will give a program about dinosaurs.


     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.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR CAMP, e-MAIL cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.




     


     















 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
















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