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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!




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.



Upper Potomac River and Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th, 2017


Nice Otodus obliquus found on our Upper Potomac River Trip last year.


     Join us for a weekend full of adventures in Virginia and Maryland.


     Saturday we'll ride in motorboats on the Potomac River starting at Fairview Beach, VA, crossing the river to the Maryland side (winds permitting), stopping along many beaches collecting fossils, ending up past Purse State Park and crossing back to the Virginia side.  Then we'll stop at a few beaches along the Virginia side, collecting more fossils.  We will be collecting in the Paleocene Age, Aquia Formation, in the Piscataway and Paspotanza Members.  We should find lots of small fossil shark teeth (possibly a larger Otodus obliquus), hopefully some crocodile teeth, and lots of fossil shells (including Turitella and frilly oysters).  Hopefully we'll find a few large frilly oysters with both valves still atttached.  We'll find literally tons of Turitella shells, and some huge slabs of rock covered with Turitella.


     Sunday we'll collect fossils on Stratford Hall beach until 2 PM.  The beach is closed to the public (except for a small roped-in area).  But we have special permission from Stratford Hall to take groups up and down the beach, over a mile past the ropes.  This site is Upper Miocene Age (6-10 million years old).  Shark teeth, whale bones and turtle shell are mainly found here.  Occasionally a megalodon tooth is found.  Crab nodules can also sometimes be found here.  Fossil shells are also found, including Chesapectens and Ecphora.  Sometimes you can find Chesapectens with both valves attached, and complete or almost complete Ecphora.


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


Cost:  $140 per person.  This does not include car transportation to the meeting sites, food or lodging.  It also does not include the Stratford Hall Grounds Fee of $14 per adult and $10 per child under age 12 which I collect in cash on Sunday morning.  It does include the boat rides.


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



Fossil Collecting in Big Brook, NJ

Saturday, July 8th, 2017



Gorgeous mosasaur tooth found by a lucky young man a few years ago on a prior Big Brook Fossil Trip.


     I hope you can join us hunting 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 usually 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 [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.




Canoeing the Oswego River in the NJ Pine Barrens

Sunday, July 16th, 2017


     Join us for a nice, peaceful day on the Oswego River in the NJ Pine Barrens.  We'll meet in the morning at Mick's Pine Barrens Canoes in Chatworth, NJ.  They will transport us to the Oswego River, drop us off, and meet us several miles downriver.  Our leader, naturalist Karenne Snow, will teach us how to canoe (for those who are novices), and we'll take a nice, slow trip down this beautiful river.  We probably won't see anyone but ourselves the whole time.  As we're canoeing, Karenne will listen for birds to identify for us, and point out and identify creatures and plants we see along the way.  Hopefully we'll see some carnivorous plants, like sundew and pitcher plants.  If it's sunny, we should also see lots of turtles sunning themselves on logs.  We'll canoe for about 4 hours, stopping along the banks for a picnic lunch.


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


Cost:  $30 per adult and $20 per child under age 18.  This cost does NOT include the cost of your canoe rental.


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



Pamunkey River and Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd, 2017



Nice seal bone found on a prior Pamunkey River Fossil Collecting Trip


     I hope you can join us on this fabulous fossil collecting weekend in Virginia.

     

     Saturday we'll ride in motorboats on the Pamunkey River, stopping at many places along the banks collecting fossils.  The stratigraphic formations that we hope to be able to collect are:  Nanjemoy (Lower Eocene), Piney Point (Middle Eocene), Old Church (Upper Oligocene), Calvert (Lower Miocene), Choptank (Miocene), and Eastover (Miocene).  The river is famous for having so many formations exposed in such a small area.  It is the only place that the Piney Point and Old Church Formations are seen in natural exposures.  We should be able to find shark teeth (including possibly mako, megalodon and ariculatus), whale teeth and bones, crocodile teeth, manatee bones, and beautiful fossil shells.


     Sunday we'll collect fossils on Stratford Hall beach until 2 PM.  Most of the beach is closed to the public (except for a small roped-in area).  However, we have special permission to take groups up and down the beach, over a mile past the ropes.  This site is Upper Miocene Age (6-12 million years old).  Shark teeth and whale bones are mainly found here.  Occasionally even a megalodon tooth is found.  Fossil shells are also found, including chesapectens and ecphora.  Sometimes you can find chesapectens with both valves attached, and complete or almost complete ecphora.


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


Cost:  $170 per person.  Cost does not include car transportation to the meeting sites, food or lodging.  It also does not include the Stratford Hall Grounds Fees of $14 per adult and $10 per child under age 12, which I collect in cash when we meet on Sunday morning.  It does include the motorboat transportation.


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



James River Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th, 2017



Nice whale vertebra found during a prior James River Fossil Collecting Weekend


     Join us as we explore the James River banks via motorboats.


     Saturday we'll travel by motorboats several miles along the James River, across the river from Jamestown, VA, collecting fossils at many sites.  These sites are Miocene and Pliocene Ages.  The outcrops we will be collecting from contain millions of fossil shells (including chesapectens and ecphora), whale bones and teeth, and shark teeth (including mako and megalodon).

     

     Sunday we'll drive to another part of the James River to collect beautiful fossil shells.  The age of these shells is Upper Pliocene Age, Yorktown Formation, Rushmere Member.


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


Cost:  $150 per person.  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.


















 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
















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