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Posted on March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Kentucky Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Adorable Calymenid trilobite found last year during our Kentucky Fossil Collecting Weekend

     I hope you can join us in Maysville, Kentucky collecting Ordovician Age seafloor fossils all weekend. The area where we will be collecting was the bottom of a shallow sea about 450 million years ago. The amount of fossils we will find is incredible!   Everywhere you look are brachiopods and bivalves. You will also find gastropods, horn coral, straight cephalopods and crinoids. The trilobites found here are mainly Isotelus and Calymenid.  Some of the brachiopods, gastropods and cephalopods are geodes with beautiful calcite crystals inside!

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

Cost: $100 per adult and $50 per child under age 18. Cost does not include food, transportation or lodging. We meet at the sites.


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.


Canoeing the Batsto River in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

     Southern New Jersey's Pinelands are a unique and treasured resource with cedar swamps and pine forests and little rivers running through them.

     Join naturalist Karenne Snow in a leisurely paddle down the iconic Batsto River, from Quaker Bridge to Batsto Village. We'll make numerous stops along the river to discuss the ecology of the Pine Barrens, the plants and animals that live in this fragile environment, and the human history of the area.

     You'll never know you're in the densest state in the country on this beautiful, magical trip through New Jersey's Pinelands!

We recommend this trip for adults and for children ages 6 and up.

Cost: $25 per adult and $15 per child under age 18. This does not include the canoe or kayak fees.

Canoe fees: (2 people) - $75

Kayak fees: (1 person) - $50

Kayak fees: (2 people) - $85

Bring your own kayak - $25

Child 6-12 as 3rd person in a canoe is free.


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.



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.














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