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2016 Trips

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM

A 1st for Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures! August 27th, 2016 the Chesapeake Bay was too choppy to put the boats in there, so we went to Pope's Creek along the Potomac River and collected there. Fossil collector Brian proposed to Chantel along the cliffs while collecting fossils on our trip! Congratulations Brian and Chantel!



     


Philadelphia Mineral Collecting Trip

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017



Nice rock with garnets and stauralite found on a prior Philadelphia Mineral Collecting Trip.

 

    Join us for a day of rock hunting.  Yes - even Philadelphia has wonderful rocks!  We will meet at Valley Green in Fairmount Park, and see and learn about metamorphic rocks and collect some interesting minerals.  Karenne Snow, past President of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society and co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey will lead this extrarodinary trip.


    We'll collect garnets, and possibly staurolite and Kyanite, while taking a beautiful hike in the woods and walking in a stream.  Karenne will also teach us about the geology of the area.  We'll have a picnic lunch by the stream, and then go to the Bells Mills area to look for more staurolite, tourmaline, and perhaps magnetite.


We recommend this trip for adults and for children ages 7 and up.


Cost:  $20 per adult and $10 per child under age 18.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS WONDERFUL TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Historical Minerals Trip in PA

Sunday, April 23rd 2017



 Looking for jasper in a stream during a prior Historical Minerals Trip.


     Karenne Snow, past 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 in Hellertown for a picnic lunch and look for quartzite and other minerals in a nearby stream.  Our last stop will be along the Delaware River in Easton.  We'll collect several different minerals 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 WONDERUL TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Cape Fear River Fossil Collecting Trip

 Friday, May 5th, Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th, 2017

 


 Carnivorous dinosaur tooth - probably a Dryptosaurid.

      

     I hope you can join us in North Carolina for 3 days of fossil collecting adventures!

  

     We'll spend Friday collecting beautiful Pleistocene Age, Waccamaw Formation shells in a fossil shell pit. There we will find many well-preserved tropical shells. We'll find a lot of different species of gastropods and lots of bivalves, including shells known as "spiny oysters" (Arcinella arcinella). We'll also find a few small shark teeth, possibly a great white shark tooth, and hopefully some tiny fossil fish skulls.

  

     Saturday and Sunday we'll ride via motorboats along the Cape Fear River, collecting Cretaceous Age fossils. We'll collect both marine and non-marine fossils from the Upper Cretaceous. We should find petrified wood, lots of coprolites, shark teeth, huge sea turtle scutes, crocodile teeth and bones (including Deinosuchus), and hopefully some dinosaur teeth and bones.

 

 

Cost: $275 per person. Cost does not include transportation, food or lodging. It does include the boat rides to and from the site.

 

This trip is recommended for adults and for children age 12 and up.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758. 



Kentucky Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th, 2017



Nice trilobite found during our Kentucky Fossil Collecting Weekend last year.


     I hope you can join us in Maysville, Kentucky collecting Ordovician Age seafloor fossils all weekend.  The area where we will be collecting was the floor of a shallow sea about 450 million years ago  The amount of fossils we will find is incredible!  Everywhere you look are brachiopods and bivalves.  You will also find gastropods, horn coral, straight cephalopods, and trilobites!  The trilobites found here are mainly Isotelus, and some Triarthrus and Cryptolithus.  Some of the brachiopods are geodes with beautiful calcite crystals inside.


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


Cost:  $100 per adult and $50 per child under age 18.  Cost does not include food, transportation or lodging.  We meet at the sites.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS FABULOUS TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Spring Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st, 2017



Large muddy megalodon tooth just taken out of the cliff during our Spring Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend last year.


     I hope you can join us on a fabulous fossil collecting adventure at Stratford Hall on the Northern Neck of Virginia. Stratford Hall Plantation is General Robert E. Lee's birthplace, home of 2 signers of the Declaration of Independence, and a world-class fossil collecting site along the Potomac River. Only a small part of the beach is open to the public, but we have special permission to take groups over a mile beyond the ropes. As long as the Potomac and winds cooperate, we'll have motorboats with us to take people to the furthest areas at no extra charge. This site is Miocene Age (6 to 14 million years old). The fossils found here are from the Calvert, Choptank, St. Mary's and Eastover Formations.

 


     Shark teeth, whale bones and teeth, crocodile teeth and turtle scutes are mainly found here. Occasionally, even a megalodon shark tooth is found. A megalodon is an extinct giant shark - the huge monster whose teeth can reach 5 or 6 inches long. 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. Some complete whale, porpoise and crocodile skeletons have been collected here by paleontologists. Stratford Hall is the place where the whale skull was found 4 summers ago, and taken out of the cliff by paleontologists with the Calvert Marine Museum.

 

 


     Saturday we'll collect fossils until about 3:30 PM. Sunday we'll go back to Stratford Hall and collect fossils until 2 PM.


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

 


Cost: $100 per adult and $50 per child under age 18. This does not include transportation, food, lodging, or Stratford Hall Grounds Fees of $14 per adult and $10 per child under age 12 each day.

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



New Jersey Pine Barrens Reptile Hunt and Tree Frog Walk

Saturday, May 20th, 2017



We saw this adorable Pine Barrens Tree Frog during a prior New Jersey 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 SPECTACULAR TRIP,  e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



NC Memorial Day Weekend Fossil Collecting Trips

Friday, May 26th and Sunday, May 28th, 2017



Fossil shells, coral, and a piece of whale bone found along the Neuse River on a prior NC Memorial Day Weekend Fossil Collecting Trip.


     If you're planning on going to the Aurora Fossil Festival this year and would like to collect fossils Friday, May 26th and Sunday, May 28th, you're welcome to join us on our North Carolina Memorial Day Weekend Fossil Collecting Trips.  The Aurora Fossil Festival will be Saturday, May 27th.


     Friday we'll meet near Edenton, NC and go by motorboats to fossil sites along the Chowan River for a half day.  The sites are Pliocene Age, Chowan River Formation, about 2.8 million years old.  We'll mainly find fossil shells, but we may also find some vertebrate material.


     Sunday we'll meet in New Bern, NC, and collect fossils along the Neuse River (via motorboats) for a half day.  The sites are Pliocene and Pleistocene Ages.  The formations are mainly James City, Eastover and Sunken Meadow Members.  Again, we will mainly find fossil shells, but we also will probably find some small shark teeth and some whale bones.


     A few years ago I found a fossil sand-dollar along the Neuse River, and we also found over 100 Pleistocene busycons (whelks) along the Neuse.  Several small shark teeth were also found there.


We recommend this trip for adults and for children ages 10 and up.


Cost:  $50 per person per day.  Cost does not include transportation to the meeting sites, food or lodging.  It does include the boat rides.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS FABULOUS TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.




Delaware Nature Weekend

Friday evening, June 9th, Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th, 2017



Observing a Fowler's Toad during our Friday evening frog walk on a prior Delaware Nature Weekend


     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 5 naturalists with us, taking us on nature adventures all weekend!  We will be staying in Mallard Lodge, in Smyrna, DE.


     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 thousands 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.  Two 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 to look for reptiles and amphibians.  We should see several salamander species and snakes.


     Saturday and Sunday mronings we will provide breakfast.  Between our explorations, we'll stop back at Mallard Lodge for lunch.  Your breakfasts and lunches will be provided by us.


     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 morning 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.  the cost includes all of the adventures with our 5 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, DE 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 [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Our 2017 Paleontology Camp at Stratford Hall, VA

Monday afternoon, June 26th through Friday afternoon, June 30th, 2017


Campers looking for fossils along the Potomac River during our Paleo Camp at Stratford Hall


     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.


     Steven Jasinski, Curator of Paleontology and Geology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg will be with us Tuesday to help everyone find fossils and identify their finds, and will give a program Tuesday night about dinosaurs of the eastern United States.


     David Bohaska, Museum Specialist in Collections Management, Department of Paleontology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, will help everyone find fossils on Thursday, and help everyone identify their finds.  David's specialty is fossil marine mammals, especially whales, dolphins and porpoises.  Thursday night David will give a talk about fossil whales.


     We'll collect fossils every day and have programs about fossils most nights.  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.  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 will 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 many Turritella shells and some beautiful frilly oysters.


You must register early, as space is extremely limited.


Cost:  $900 per person.  If a parent or sibling joins them, the charge for 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 [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.
















 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
















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