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2016 Trips

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM


Mineral Collecting in Cornwall, PA and Tour of the Historic Cornwall Iron Furnace

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018


Datolite and malachite on magnetite collected during a prior Mineral Collecting Trip in Cornwall, PA


     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 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 for children ages 7 and up!


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


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



Fall Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend in VA

Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th, 2018


Pretty megalodon tooth found during our Fall Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend last year.

 

     I hope you can join us on a fabulous fossil collecting adventure at Stratford Hall Plantation 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 (6-14 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. Some complete whale, dolphin and crocodile skeletons have been collected here by paleontologists. Stratford Hall is the place where the whale skull was found 5 summers ago, and taken out of the cliff by paleontologists with the Calvert Marine Museum.


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


This trip is for adults and for children ages 5 and up.


Cost: $100 per adult and $50 per child under age 18. Cost does not include food, transportation or lodging or Stratford Hall's Grounds Fees of $16 per adult and $10 per child under age 12 each day.


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




Fossil Collecting in Ramanessin Brook, NJ

Saturday, October 6th, 2018


     Be a paleontologist for a day and hunt for marine fossils at a Cretaceous site in northern New Jersey. Long-time paleontology enthusiast and Ramanessin Brook expert, Derek Yoost, will be our trip leader for the day.


     Ramanessin Brook is a stream yielding fossil shark teeth, vertebrae and coprolites, enchodus (extinct saber-toothed herring) teeth and jaws, and turtle shell.


This trip is great for beginners and children ages 7 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 cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.




PA Fossil Collecting Weekend - including Red Hill

Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th, 2018



Fish jaw with a tooth collected at Red Hill last year during our PA Fossil Collecting Weekend


     Karen Snow, president of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society ad 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 Age 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 significan 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 beautiful picnic area and have lunch.  Then we'll head to Antes Creek, which has Ordovician seabed fossils.  We'll find brachiopods and possibly 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 shale with pretty fern fossils on them.  We'll then have a picnic lunch along a beautiful stream, and then head for Danville to a Devonian brachiopod site.


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




James River Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th, 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 cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CAll me at 610-209-0758.  

 



Calvert Cliffs Fossil Collecting Weekend in MD


Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 22nd, 2018

Gorgeous meg found on a prior Calvert Cliffs Fossil Collecting Weekend.


     I hope you can join us as we explore the beaches along Calvert Cliffs, MD. We'll collect fossils along the beaches of the famous Calvert Cliffs along 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 shark teeth, whale bones and fossil shells. We may even find a megalodon tooth! Many of the sites we will be going are inaccessible without a boat.


     Saturday we will collect fossils south of Breezy Point, and Sunday we'll go north. Exactly where we go will depend upon the winds.


     Saturday's trip will be a full day of boating and collecting (winds permitting). Sunday's trip will end around 2 PM or so.


We recommend this trip for adults and for children 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 cathy@fossilandnaturetrips.com OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.





   






     


     















 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
















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