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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!



Fall Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th, 2017


Beautiful megalodon tooth found on our Fall 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 or two 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 (6-14 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 shell 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.


     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's Grounds Fees of $14 per adult and $10 per child under age 12, which I collect each morning.


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



Pennsylvania Fossil Collecting Weekend

Red Hill Fish Fossils, PA Fern Fossils, and Ordovician and Devonian Seafloor Fossils

Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd, 2017



Fish tooth found at Red Hill last year during our Pennsylvania Fossil Collecting Weekend.


     Karenne Snow, past president of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society and co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, will lead us on a weekend full of fossil collecting adventures in northern Pennsylvania.  Our home-base for the weekend will be Williamsport, PA.


     Saturday we'll go to Red Hill and look for Devonian fish fossils.  Red Hill is the site where Dr. Ted Daeschler of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found his first "limbed" fish.  Doug Rowe, Associate of the Department of Vertebrate Biology at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will meet us at Red Hill, give us a tour of the Red Hill Field Lab and Fossil Displays in North Bend, PA, and oversee and identify our fossil collecting at Red Hill.

   

     Since Red Hill is an active research site, Doug has the right to keep any fossils that we find that are of scientific value.  However, we can keep most of the fossils that we find.  It is rare that a significant fossil is found here.  And, if you find one, your name will be listed as the person who found it.


     After Red Hill, we will stop at a picnic area and have lunch.  Then we'll head to Antes Creek, which has Ordovician seabed fossils.  We'll find brachiopods and hopefully trilobites there.


     Sunday we'll head for McIntyre Mountain.  We'll find Pennsylvanian Age fern fossils there.  This site is especially known for its red rocks with pretty fern fossils on them.  We'll stop at a gorgeous stream for a picnic lunch, then head to Danville to a Devonian brachiopod site.  


This trip is for adults and for children ages 8 and up.


Cost:  $110 per adult and $60 per child under age 18.  This does not include transportation, (we meet at the sites), food, or lodging.


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



Lackawanna Valley, PA Fossils and Minerals Collecting Trip

Sunday, October 29th, 2017


     The Scranton area is rich in iron and coal mining history.  Northeastern Pennsylvania contains the largest deposits of anthracite or "hard coal" in the world.  The trees that metamorphosed into coal also left their fossil remains in the shale.


     The fossil trunks, branches and leaves we find in the towns of Archbald and Jermyn during our day include the tree ferns calamites and lepidodendron.  We'll explore some coal seams looking for secondary mineralization of quartz, sphalerite, siderite, galena, and chalcopyrite.


     Karenne Snow, past president of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society and co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey will lead this exciting trip.  


     If you find yourself with time in the Scranton area, take the Lackawanna Anthracite Coal Mine Tour, visit the Scranton Iron Furnace and the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum.  Steamtown Historic Site is also in Scranton.


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


Cost:  $40 per adult and $30 per child under age 18.  This does not include transportation (we meet at the sites).


For more information, or to register for this great trip, please e-mail cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com or call me at 610-209-0758.



Florida Fossil Collecting Trip

Saturday, November 4th through Wednesday, November 8th, 2017


     Join us for a fabulous week of fossil collecting in the sunny state of Florida.  We will begin our adventure in the Florida Panhandle, collecting at classic Miocene and Pliocene river localities west of Tallahassee, followed by a day on the Withlacoochee River collecting in the Upper Eocene Ocala Limestone known for echinoids.  We will complete our trip on the Peace River in the famous Bone Valley Formation of Central Florida searching for extinct Miocene mammal remains and Pleistocene Megafauna.


     Michael Reagan will be our leader for this fabulous trip.  Mike has been collecting fossils for many years, and specializes in fossil mollusks.  Mike is president of the Florida Paleontological Society.


     Our base of operations in the Florida Panhandle will be in the quiet city of Blountstown.  Day 1 will be along the gorgeous spring fed Chipola River, collecting in the Chipola Formation known for over 1,500 different species of excellently preserved Miocene shells.


     Day 2 we will be collecting at Alum Bluff on the Apalachicola River where the Chipola Formation outcrops along with the Pliocene Jackson Bluff Formation.  Both are known for fossil shells, however the Jackson Bluff Formation here also contains fish and marine mammal material, including whale and dugong.


     Day 3 will be spent at Jackson Bluff, the type locality of the namesake formation on the Ochlocknee River.  Again, mostly Pliocene shells are found, including Ecphora, but also rare shark teeth and echinoids are present.


     We will depart the afternoon of Day 3 for Crystal River, Florida, where we will stay overnight before Day 4 on the Withlacoochee River.  Dreging operations have cut into the Lower Ocala Limestone, depositing the spoils into islands in the Gulf of Mexico.  The most common fossil found is Florida's state fossils, the echinoid, Eupatagus antillarum.  Wildlife opportunities abound here with birds, dolphins and manatee.  We will leave that afternoon for the Peace River.


     Day 5 we will sift river bottom material in the Peace River, in the Bone Valley Formation known for its Miocene-Pliocene vertebrate material.  The river and its tributaries also contain Upper Pleistocene Megafauna remains including horse, mammoth and camel.  Mark Renz will lead this part of the trip.


This trip is great for adults and for children ages 10 and up.


Cost:  $400 per person.  This does not include transportation (we meet at the sites), food or lodging.


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




     


     















 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
















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