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cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com

or call 610-209-0758  

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Cathy Young
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West Chester, PA  19380

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  Calvert Cliffs and Potomac River Fossil Collecting Weekend
                   
         (via boats)
                 Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th, 2014

  I hope you can join us as we explore the beaches along the Calvert Cliffs on
Saturday and the Potomac River near Pope’s Creek on Sunday.

  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 morning we’ll launch boats at Chesapeake Beach, MD and collect
fossils on the beaches of the famous Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay for
several miles.  We’ll collect in Miocene Age, Calvert (17 million years old), and
Choptank (12 million years old) Formations for fossil shells, bone and teeth,
etc.  We may even find a Megalodon tooth!  Many of the sites we will be going
are inaccessible without a boat.

In case of windy weather, we may move to the Patuxent River.

  Sunday we’ll put our boats on the Potomac River near the Route 301 Bridge,
and ride up the Potomac River towards Pope’s Creek.  We’ll collect fossil shells,
bone and teeth from the Lower Eocene (50 million years old) and Lower Miocene
(18 million years old).

  Saturday’s trip will be a full day of boating and collecting fossils.  Sunday’s
trip will end around 2 PM or so.

We recommend this trip for ages 10 and up.  

Cost:  
$165 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.


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.


      Pamunkey River Fossil Collecting Trip
       & Fossil Collecting at Stratford Hall
       Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

   Dr. Lauck Ward, Curator Emeritus of Invertebrate Paleontology of the
Virginia Museum of Natural History and leading authority of molluscan
biostratigraphy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain will lead us on this fabulous
weekend adventure 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 from 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 pre-
Megs), whale teeth and bones, crocodile teeth, manatee bones, and beautiful
fossil shells.

   Sunday we’ll collect fossils in the morning on Stratford Hall beach.  Most of
the beach is closed to the public (except for a small roped-in area), but Dr.
Ward has special permission to take groups well beyond the ropes up and down
the beach.  This site is Upper Miocene Age (6 – 10 million years old).  Shark
teeth, whale bones, and turtle scutes are mainly found here.  Occasionally a
Megalodon tooth is found here.  You can also find fossil shells here, including
Chesapectens and Ecphora.

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

Cost:  
$150 per person.  Cost does not include transportation, food or lodging,
or grounds fee for Stratford Hall on Sunday.  It does include the boat trip.

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


        North Carolina Gem and Mineral Trip
 Thursday, August 7th, Friday, August 8th, Saturday, August 9th
                    and Sunday, August 10th, 2014

    Join us for three full days of gem and mineral collecting in the famous and
beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain Belt of western North Carolina.  We’ll start with
a geology and collecting orientation given by our trip leader, Karenne Snow,
Wednesday night, August 6th in Franklin, “The Gem Capitol of the World”.
Karenne Snow is past president of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society, and
co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    Thursday is a full day of mining at two of the Franklin area mines that
offer native sediments only, so that the sapphires, rubies, garnets, rutile, and
moonstone you find as you sluice the sediments are actually from the area.

    Friday is a travel day, eastward to the Spruce Pine area, “The Mineral
Capital of North Carolina”.  We will stop at least once for collecting - near
Spruce Pine is a former mica mine with good collecting in a white pegmatite
matrix containing mica, garnet, tourmaline, thulite and apatite.

    Saturday we’ll spend the day near Burnsville.  The Ray Mine is also a
former mica mine, known best for its aquamarine form of beryl.  Other
minerals at this site include schorl (tourmaline), columbite, feldspar, muscovite
mica and apatite.  We’ll collect during the day in the area, go to dinner, then
come back at night with our UV lights – looking for the fluorescent minerals!

    Sunday we plan a garnet expedition (looking for the large ones) before
heading to the Crabtree Emerald Mine for digging and sifting and splitting rocks
for the best beryl of them all: emeralds!

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

Cost:  
$100 per adult, $50 per child under age 18.  Cost does not include car
transportation to the meeting sites, food or lodging.  It also does not include
the cost for buckets of sediment at the Franklin mines (Mason’s Mine is giving
us discounted rates of $20 per person for 4 hours of collecting – I’m not
certain the rates of the other mine), parking fee at the Ray Mica Mine, the
fee to enter the Crabtree Emerald Mine (about $20 per person), and a tour
fee to the garnet site.

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
     and Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend

        Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th, 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 at 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 – 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 transportation to the meeting
sites, food or lodging.  It also does not include the Stratford Hall Grounds
Fee.  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.



         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.  


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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.
Pretty little Megalodon tooth found along
the Calvert Cliffs on our trip there last
year.
Beautiful pre-Meg found along the
Pamunkey River last year on our
Pamunkey River Fossil Collecting Trip.
Nice pre-Megs found along the Pamunkey
River by one of our people on our
Pamunkey River Fossil Collecting Trip last
year.
Beautiful aquamarine beryls found by just
one of our people at the Ray Mine during
one of our NC Gem and Mineral Trips a few
years ago.
Some of our group sleucing for sapphires,
rubies and other gems at the Mason Mine
during our NC Gem and Mineral Trip 2
years ago.
Nice pre-Meg found along the Potomac
River on our Calvert Cliffs and Potomac
River Fossil Collecting Weekend last year.
Nice pre-Meg found along the Potomac
River on our Calvert Cliffs and Potomac
River Fossil Collecting Weekend last year.
Beautiful Otodis tooth found on our Upper
Potomac River Trip last year.
Another nice Otodis tooth found on our
Upper Potomac River Trip last year.