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West Chester, PA  19380

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   Spring Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend
          Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th, 2014

   Dr. Lauck Ward, Curator Emeritus of Invertebrate Paleontology at the
Virginia Museum of Natural History will lead us on a weekend adventure of
fossil collecting 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.  The beach is closed to the public, except for a
small roped-in area, but Dr. Ward has special permission by the Executive
Director of Stratford Hall to take groups up and down the beach.  As long as
the Potomac and winds cooperate, we’ll have motorboats with us to take people
to even more remote areas at no extra charge.  This site is Upper 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 shell are mainly found here.  Some
complete whale, porpoise and crocodile skeletons have been collected here.  
Stratford Hall is the place where the whale skull was found last summer, and
taken out of the bank by Paleontologists with the Calvert Marine Museum.
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, and some of the
Ecphora are complete, or almost complete.  We sometimes even find crab
concretions.  

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

This trip is great for adults and children ages 4 and up.

Cost:  
$90 per adult and $40 per child under age 18.  Cost does not include
transportation, food, lodging, or Stratford Hall’s Grounds Fees of $10 per
adult and $6 per child each day.

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


    Fossil Collecting in Big Brook, NJ
                  Saturday, May 10th, 2014

    Be a paleontologist for a day and hunt for marine fossils at a Cretaceous
Age 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 salmon) teeth and jaws,
Belemnites (extinct squid-like creatures), fossil oysters, brachiopods, turtle
scutes, crab claws, and usually at least 1 person on our trip finds a Mosasaur
tooth (giant sea reptile).

This is a great trip 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 FABULOUS TRIP,
E-MAIL ME AT cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-
0758.


North Carolina Memorial Day Weekend Fossil Collecting Trips
        Friday, May 23rd, 2014 and Sunday, May 25th, 2014

 If you’re planning on going to the Aurora Fossil Festival this year and would
like to collect fossils Friday, May 23rd and/or Sunday, May 25th, you’re
welcome to join us on our North Carolina Memorial Day Weekend Fossil
Collecting Trips.

 Dr. Lauck Ward, Curator Emeritus of the Virginia Museum of Natural
History, and leading authority of molluscan biostratigraphy of the Atlantic
Coastal Plain will lead this exciting adventure.

 Friday we’ll meet near Edenton, NC, and go by boats 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, and collect fossils along the Neuse River (via
boats) 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 may find some vertebrate
material.

 Last year we found over 100 Pleistocene Busycons (whelks) along and in the
Neuse River.  It was amazing!

We recommend this trip for ages 10 and up.

Cost:  
$75 per person per day.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THESE SPECTACULAR
TRIPS, PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com or call me at
610-209-0758.

         Mineral Collecting in Cornwall, PA,
       and Tour of the Cornwall Iron Furnace
                        Saturday, May 31st, 2014

    Visit Cornwall, PA in Lebanon County, the site of the greatest known
deposit of iron in the United States.  The Cornwall Iron Furnace was built in
1742 and continued “in blast” until 1883.  Cornwall Furnace was primarily a
producer of pig iron and domestic products, and cast cannon for the American
Revolution.  The entire furnace complex survived intact so visitors can take a
journey into the world of 19th century ironmaking.  We will take a guided tour
of the historical furnace and buildings.  The ore mine continued to operate
until 1972 using both strip mining and underground mining to extract the ore.  

   After our tour, we’ll picnic at the Furnace grove.  Our leader, Karenne
Snow, will then lead us to some of the accessible mine dumps in the area,
where we will do our own mineral collecting.  There were more than 50
minerals that occurred at Cornwall.  Some of the most common include
magnetite, hematite, pyrite, serpentine (antigorite), chalcopyrite and calcite.  

   Karenne Snow is past President of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society
and co-author of the book Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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

Cost:  
$40 per person.  Cost includes Museum fee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS WONDERFUL
TRIP, E-MAIL ME AT cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com or call me at 610-209-
0758.


Fossil Collecting Weekend along the James River (via boats)
            Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st, 2014

  Join us as we explore the James River banks via boats.  Dr. Lauck Ward,
Curator Emeritus of the Virginia Museum of Natural History and leading
authority of molluscan biostratigraphy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain will lead
this fabulous trip.

  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 teeth and
bones, 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 ages 10 and up.

Cost:  
$145 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 SPECTACULAR
TRIP, E-MAIL ME AT cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com or call me at 610-209-
0758.


Fossil Collecting along the Roanoke and Meherrin Rivers
             Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th, 2014

   Join us for a weekend of fossil collecting adventures in North Carolina
along 2 rivers.  Dr. Lauck Ward, Curator Emeritus of the Virginia Museum of
Natural History and leading authority of molluscan biostratigraphy of the
Atlantic Coastal Plain will lead this spectacular trip.

   Saturday we’ll collect fossils along the Roanoke River via boats.  We’ll
collect from the Upper Pliocene in the Yorktown and Chowan River Formations,
and the Upper Miocene Age.  We should find shark teeth (including possibly
Megalodon) and whale bones and teeth in the Upper Miocene.  In the Upper
Pliocene strata, we should find lots of fabulous fossil shells from the Yorktown
and Chowan River Formations, including Chesapectens and hopefully some
Ecphora.
   
   Sunday we’ll go to Murfreesboro, NC and collect fossils along the banks of
the Meherrin River via boats.  These sites are Eastover and Yorktown
Formations.  We’ll find lots of fossil shells here, including Chesapectens and
hopefully one or two Ecphora, whale bones and shark teeth, including possibly
Megalodon, Mako and Great Whites.

We recommend this trip for 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 SPECTACULAR
WEEKEND, E-MAIL ME AT cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com or call me at
610-209-0758.


        Pennsylvania Fossil Collecting Weekend
  Red Hill Fish Fossils, Pennsylvanian Leaf Fossils
    And Ordovician and Devonian Seafloor Fossils
         Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th, 2014

     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 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 fossil “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 Hyner Fossil
Museum, 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, most fossils that
we find, we can keep.  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 for our last site of the day, McIntyre Mountain.  We’ll find
Pennsylvanian fern fossils there.  This site is especially known for its red
rocks with pretty fern fossils on them.

     Sunday, we’ll head to Antes Creek, which has Ordovician seabed fossils.  
We’ll find trilobites and brachiopods there.  Then we’ll go to the Montour
Fossil Pit, which has Devonian fossils, including brachiopods, crinoids and
trilobites.

This trip is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Cost:  
$100 per adult and $50 per child under 18.  This fee does not include
transportation (we meet at the sites), food or lodging.

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


       Upper Potomac River Fossil Collecting Trip
        and Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Trip
            Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

      Dr. Lauck Ward, Curator Emeritus at the Virginia Museum of Natural
History and leading authority of molluscan biostratigraphy of the Atlantic
Coastal Plain will lead us on this fabulous weekend full of adventures in Virginia
and Maryland.

      Saturday we’ll ride in boats on the Potomac River, starting at Fairview
Beach, Virginia, stopping many places along the banks collecting fossils.  After
collecting on the Virginia side, we’ll cross the Potomac River to the Maryland
side (winds permitting), stopping along many beaches, collecting more fossils,
ending up past Purse State Park and crossing back to the Virginia side.  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 Otodis 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 attached.  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).  Our leader,
Dr. Ward, has special permission to take groups up and down the beach, far
past the ropes.  This site is Upper Miocene Age (6 to 10 million years old).  
Shark teeth, whale bones and turtle shell are mainly found here.  Occasionally
even a Megalodon tooth is found.  Crab nodules can 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:  
$150 per person.  Cost does not include car transportation to the
meeting sites, food or lodging.  It also does not include the Stratford Hall
Grounds Fee.  It does include the boat transportation.

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


Our 2014 Paleontology Camp at Stratford Hall, Virginia
Monday afternoon, July 28th through Friday afternoon, August 1st, 2014

Children ages 7 through 17 will have the opportunity to collect fossils and
learn about paleontology and stratigraphy with a real paleontologist at historic
Stratford Hall Plantation in Virginia.  Dr. Lauck Ward, Curator Emeritus at
the Virginia Museum of Natural History and author of numerous paleontology
publications, will be leading this spectacular camp.

We will be staying in the Stratford Hall Cheek Guest House, right on the
beautiful plantation!  This guest house sleeps 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.  Dr. Ward will teach
the children about what fossils are, help them to identify their fossils, and
give lectures several of the evenings about stratigraphy and paleontology of
the Atlantic Coastal Plain.  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.  Dr. Ward has special permission to take groups far past the ropes to
collect fossils.  This site is Upper Miocene Age (6 to 14 million years old).  
Shark teeth, whale bones and teeth, crocodile bones and teeth, and turtle
scutes are among the many fossils found here.  Occasionally even a Megalodon
tooth is found here.  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.  
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 at several beaches there.  Most of
these sites are Paleocene Age, Aquia Formation.  They are just above the
Cretaceous Age.  We’ll find lots of small shark teeth, hopefully some crocodile
teeth, and lots of fossil Turitella shells and some beautiful “frilly oysters”.

Cost:  $750 per person.  This includes all meals, lodging, boat rides, lectures,
tour, - everything.

Parents who wish to join their children for the week are welcome, but they
must pay the same price.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR
CAMP, E-MAIL ME AT cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com or call me at 610-
209-0758.






PRIVATE FOSSIL COLLECTING TRIPS
  and FOSSIL PROGRAMS!  

Now your group can go fossil collecting together as a group.  This is
great for a scout troop, homeschoolers group, school group, etc.  
We can also do birthday party fossil trips and fossil trips just for
your family or friends. For more information, please e-mail
cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com or call 610-209-0758.

I am also giving fossil programs for groups.  I talk about  different
creatures and the time periods that they lived, while passing 25 -
50 real fossils for you to see up close and touch.  I also bring a
large container of sand full of fossils.  The children use a fossil
screen and trowel, and sift their own fossils to take home with
them.  


Find out about our trips even before they are put on
the website.  Just e-mail cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com ,
and we'll be happy to put you on our e-Newsletter list.
We send e-Newsletters about every 2 weeks, informing
you about our newest upcoming trips.
   
Event Information:
Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures, LLC
Megalodon shark tooth she found on our
Virginia Fossil Collecting Weekend in May.
Recommended Links:

My Fossil Find

The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society

The Aurora Fossil Museum

Fossil Guy

Fossil Addiction

The Jersey Cape Shell Club
Campers given a geology lesson while
looking at the beautiful stratigraphy of the
cliffs at Stratford Hall during our Paleo
Camp.
Nice Megalodon tooth found by one of our
Campers during our Stratford Hall Paleo
Camp.
Nice Otodis tooth found by one of our
Campers during our Stratford Hall Paleo
Camp.
Megalodon tooth found on our Spring
Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend last
year.
Nice Mosasaur tooth found on our Big
Brook Fossil Trip 2 years ago.
Fossil shells, coral and whale bone found
by one of our families on our NC Memorial
Day Weekend trips last year.
Collecting Pleistocene Busycons during
our NC Memorial Day Weekend Trip last
year.
Shark teeth, ray plate and a fish
vertebra found by one of our people
during our Fossil Collecting Weekend
along the James River last year.
Nice Great White shark tooth found along
the Roanoke River on our trip there 2 years
ago.
Huge, beautiful Megalodon tooth found on
our Meherrin River Trip 2 years ago.
Complete fish fossil found at Red Hill on
our PA Fossil Collecting Weekend last year.
Hynaria fish tooth found at Red Hill during
our PA Fossil Collecting Weekend 2 years
ago.
Beautiful Otodis tooth found last year on
our Upper Potomac River Fossil Collecting
Trip.
Another nice Otodis tooth found on our
Upper Potomac River Fossil Collecting Trip
last year.