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2016 Trips

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM



Don't Miss the Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair

in Plymouth Meeting, PA


Saturday, March 30th, 2019 - 10 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, March 31st, 2019 - 10 AM to 4 PM



     Don't miss the 19th Annual Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair in Plymouth Meeting, PA! This show is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society and the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society.


     

     There will be fossils, minerals and gems for sale, fossil and mineral exhibits, speakers, and learning activities for children. These activities include a fossil dig and a kids mineral corner. There will be food, door prizes and scouting merit badge information.



     Saturday afternoon at 2 PM Dr. Paul Olsen will give a talk in the Merry Mac Room.  Dr. Olsen is professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. His interests and research examine patterns of ecosystem and extinction as a response to climate change over geological time, and also Triassic and Jurassic Continental Ecosystems. His research methods include structural geology, paleontology, palynology, geochemistry, and geophysics.


     Sunday afternoon at 1 PM Dr. Ted Daeschler, Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will be giving a talk  in the Merry Mac Room.  Dr. Daeschler studies the evolution from fish to tetrapods.  He did extensive work at Red Hill, PA where he found his first limbed fish with fingers.  A few years ago he went to the Canadian Arctic and discovered Tiktaalik, a tetrapod with a neck and scales like a fish.  He just returned from his 2nd trip to Antarctica.  He's going to speak about his Antarctic adventures.  His talk is titled, Exploring for Devonian-Age Fossils in Antarctica.


     The Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair will be held at the Shreiners Lulu Temple, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA.


     Admission is $5 per adult and $1 per child under age 12. All uniformed Scouts are free. You pay at the door.


     For more information, go to the DVPS website at www.dvps.org .



Philadelphia Mineral Collecting Trip

Saturday, April 13th, 2019



Nice rock with garnets and staurolite 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, president of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society and co-author of Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey will lead this extraordinary 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.


 


This trip is 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.




Spring Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend


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


SORRY - THIS TRIP IS FULL



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.



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 evening, David Bohaska, Museum Specialist in Collections Management, Department of Paleontology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution will talk about fossil whales. Another evening, Dr. Bretton Kent will talk about fossil sharks and shark teeth. Dr. Kent is the author of Fossil Sharks of the Chesapeake Bay Region. He's Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Dept. of Entomology at the University of Maryland. He is featured in a National Geographic special on Monster Sharks.  Yet another evening, Dr. Rob Weems, retired geologist from the USGS will give a talk about the Pleistocene fauna that lived in the area of Stratford Hall and their footprints that have been found there.

   

     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.



Fall Nebraska!

Choose a 3-Day or a 5-Day Trip!


Saturday, September 14th, Sunday, September 15th,

Monday, September 16th, Tuesday, September 17th

and Wednesday, September 18th, 2019



The M&M Ranch in Nebraska


     The M&M Ranch in Crawford County, Nebraska will be hosting Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures for a fossil collecting trip on September 14th through September 18th, 2019. Both 3 and 5 day trips are available during this time period both having special reduced pricing for MAFANA customers.


     M&M Ranch is located in the northwest corner of Nebraska in an area called the High Plains, at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level. M&M Ranch consists of 365 acres of buttes and stream beds with Eocene and Oligocene fossil bearing exposures. Millions of years ago, this area thrived with terrestrial animals such as pigs, oreodonts, sabre tooth cats, camels, canids, 2 species of pre-equus horses, rhinoceros, titanotheres, squirrels, rabbits, mice, snakes, lizards, turtles and many more. Besides the special pricing for MAFANA customers on the trip, we will also be able to keep "everything" we find. Many other fossil hunting locations in the upper mid-west do not allow customers to keep the prized specimens like a sabre tooth cat, but M&M Ranch is granting MAFANA customers this privilege as part of the group trip.


     If you register early, you will be able to stay close to the Ranch. Your lodging is NOT included in the pricing. There is a quaint western town nearby that has 6 rooms for rent. It's located on an adjoining property to the M&M Ranch, and it has original buildings of an old ghost town. In addition to the "bunk houses" where we can stay, this "ghost town" has a General Store, a Post Office, a Saloon, a Cook Shack with an open pit ash wood fire, and of course, the Jail (so behave yourselves or else). A continental breakfast is included if you stay there.


     If you don't register early, there is a B&B down the road, and a motel about 25 to 35 miles away.


     Crawford, Nebraska is a 26 hour drive from Richmond, VA, a 3 hour drive from the Rapid City, SD airport, and a 5 1/2 hour drive from the Denver. CO airport.


     Persons wishing to participate in this trip should take into account the 4,000 foot elevation and hilly terrain.



This trip is great for adults and for children ages 12 and up.



Cost: $250 per day per person for a 3-day trip, totaling $750 per person. This does not include transportation (we meet at the Ranch), food or lodging.


          $225 per day per person for a 5-day trip, totaling $1,125 per person. This does not include transportation (we meet at the Ranch), food or lodging.

 



Payments:

For a 3-day trip - $200 deposit is due when registering for the trip. $275 due by 5/1/19 and the balance of $275 is due no later than 8/1/19.


For a 5-day trip - $200 deposit due when registering for the trip. $475 due by 5/1/19 and the balance of $450 is due no later than 8/1/19.




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



     






     


     















 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
















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