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Posted on March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Spring Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend


Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, 2019



Nice megalodon tooth found by this lucky young man.



     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 6 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 (which is paid in cash each morning we meet).



FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Delaware Nature Weekend

Friday evening, June 7th,

Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th, 2019


Seining for fish and other creatures that live in the Delaware Bay during a prior Delaware Nature Weekend

     

     If you have a passion for nature and want to learn more about the creatures that live in Delaware, you must join us on our Delaware Nature Weekend!  We will have 4 naturalists with us, taking us on nature adventures all weekend!  We will be staying in Mallard Lodge in Smyrna, Delaware.


     You should arrive Friday evening for dinner, which we will provide.  After dinner, we will have an orientation, then go out for a frog walk led by naturalist/herper Darnell Brister.  There are thousands of frogs, including several different species on and near our property.


     All day Saturday and Sunday morning we will explore the area with naturalists.


     Naturalist/birder Karenne Snow will take us to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which is only about 15 minutes away.  The birds there are incredible!  We should see dozens of different species of shore birds.  A few years ago, in broad daylight, we saw a barred owl in a tree!


     A fish and horseshoe crab expert will take us seine netting in the Delaware Bay and in a salt marsh to see what fish and other critters live in the waters of Delaware.


     Naturalist Tina Hay will take us to the boardwalk on our property which is over a salt marsh.  As we walk the boardwalk, we'll learn about the importance of salt marshes while seeing many different creatures and plants living there.


     Naturalist/herper Darnell Brister will lead us into Blackbird State Forest for reptiles and amphibians.  We hope to see several salamander species and snakes.


     Saturday evening we'll go out to dinner at a local restaurant.  After dinner, we'll be given a program about horseshoe crabs by our horseshoe crab expert, then we'll head to the Delaware Bay to watch thousands of horseshoe crabs mate.


     We'll have 3 of our adventures on Saturday morning and afternoon, and our last adventure on Sunday morning.  During lunch on Sunday we'll have a re-cap from our leaders about all of the different animal splecies that we saw.  After lunch we'll pack our bags.  After you are packed, if you would like to continue your adventure, you are welcome to canoe one of the lakes on our property for a few hours in the afternoon.  Canoes will be provided free of charge.


This trip is great for children ages 5 and up, and for adults without children.


Cost:  $200 per adult and $100 per child under age 18.  The cost includes all of the adventures with our 4 naturalists, canoe use on Sunday, Friday night's dinner, Saturday and Sunday's breakfasts and lunches, and lodging Friday and Saturday nights.  Lodging is dorm-style in bunk beds - men and boys in some rooms, women and girls in others.  Cost does NOT include transportation (we meet at Mallard Lodge in Smyrna, Delaware and caravan to the sites), or dinner Saturday night at a local restaurant.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.



Our 2019 Paleontology Camp at Stratford Hall, VA

Monday afternoon, July 8th

through Friday afternoon, July 12th, 2019


 

Our Campers looking for shark teeth along the Potomac River during a prior Paleo Camp at Stratford Hall


     Children ages 7 through 17 will have the opportunity to collect fossils and learn about paleontology and stratgraphy 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 Stratford Hall 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.


     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, dolphin 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 several 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 many 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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