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2016 Trips

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Fossil Collecting in Big Brook, NJ

Saturday, July 21st, 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 [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.


 

Upper Potomac and Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th, 2018



Nice Otodus tooth found along the Upper Potomac River during a prior Upper Potomac and Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend


     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 turritella, frilly oysters, and cucullea.  Hopefully we'll find a few large frilly oysters with both valves attached.  We'll find literally tons of turritella shells, and some huge slabs of rock covered with turritella.


     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 the Executive Director of Stratford Hall to take groups up and down the beach, over a mile or two past the ropes.  This site is Miocene Age (6-14 million years old).  Shark teeth, whale bones and turtle shell are mainly found here.  Occasionally mako and megalodon teeth are 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 for 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 Fees of $16 per adult and $10 per child under age 12, which I collect in cash on Sunday morning when we meet.  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.



James River Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd, 2018



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


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


     Saturday we'll travel by boats 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.  This does not include transportation to the meeting sites, food or lodging.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS FABULOUS TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CAll me at 610-209-0758.  

 


   

Our 2018 Paleontology Camp at Stratford Hall, VA


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 [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.




     


     















 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
















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