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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, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

 


Gorgeous 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 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 3 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 $10 per adult and $6 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.

 

 

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.



Don't Miss the Delaware Mineralogical Society's 54th Annual Earth Science Gem and Mineral Show

Saturday, March 4th, 2017 - 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 - 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.


     The Delaware Mineralogical Society, Inc. will hold its 54th Annual Earth Science and Mineral Show at a NEW SHOW LOCATION - University of Delaware - Wilmington Campus - Arsht Conference Center, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 52), Wilmington, DE  19806.

     

     The show features educational exhibits of mineral, lapidary and fossil specimens, displays from regional and university museums, a roster of fine dealers of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry and lapidary supplies, door prizes, a fossil/mineral symposium, demonstrations of gem cutting and polishing and a children's table, where youngsters may purchase inexpensive mineral and fossil specimens.


     Admission is $6.00, $5.00 for seniors, $4.00 for youngsters between 12 and 16, and free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.  You pay at the door.


     The Delaware Mineralogical Society is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, and dedicated to learning and teaching about the earth sciences, rocks, minerals, fossils and the lapidary arts.  Membership is open to all who are interested in those areas.  Info and Coupons at www.delminsociety.org or contact [email protected] or Elaine Kipp (Show Chair) 410-392-6826 [email protected] .



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.



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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