Field Trips

Our May meeting is our Field Trip meeting. This is when we distribute the field trip schedule and field trip guide to the club members.  Sign-up sheets are available for folks to claim their spots on the trips.  On the following day members who have paid their dues can sign-up on-line.

Saturday, July 21st 2018

Two Creeks

Meeting Time: 9:30AM What to collect: Barite and calcite. The barite occurs in tabular crystals up to 1.5 inches although most are smaller. The barite crystals are pale blue although, in contrast to the barite found at the nearby Stoneham locality, the centers of the larger crystals at Two Creeks are often amber in color forming a nice color contrast. Also to be found are small (< 2”) but gemmy calcite “geodes”.

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Saturday, July 28th 2018 - Sunday, July 29th 2018

Como Bluffs Dinosaur Quarry

What to see and collect: The dinosaur quarry is on private ranchland and is managed by club member, Jim Siegwarth. Hundreds of bones have been removed from this site and there are probably hundreds remaining, They are primarily the remains of the classic dinosaurs like Allosaurus, Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus. The dinosaur fossils we excavate go to various museums. Near the quarry, the older strata contain numerous belemnite fossils, which you may collect. There is also quite a bit of attractive jasper in the area, including projectile points.

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Saturday, July 28th 2018 - Sunday, July 29th 2018

Fossile Fish, Turitella Agate, & Stromatolites SW WY

This is a 2-day field trip to southwestern Wyoming. On Saturday, we will visit Delaney Ridge, south of Wamsutter. At the first stop, we will collect turitella agate (fossilized snails) and then travel a few more miles to collect stromatolites. (fossilized algae and other micro-organisms). Both materials cut and polish well. We will then travel to Kemmerer, Wyoming, to stay in either a motel, commercial campground, or dispersed on BLM land. On Sunday, we will collect fossilized fish from the Warfield Quarry, outside of Kemmerer. This is a pay quarry, but you will find lots of fish fossils. For four hours, the regular price is $75 per person, but we hope to get a group discount. Children 12 and under are half price. The quarry supplies the equipment you need, or you can bring your own hammer and thin chisel.

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Saturday, August 25th 2018 - Sunday, August 26th 2018

Central Wyoming – banded Iron

WHAT TO COLLECT: The main attraction is banded iron. Much of the banded iron, including all the pieces shown in the pictures below, is wind/water polished and requires little to no polishing or tumbling. Some pieces have a whitish-gray calcium rind that van be removed with a light acid, like vinegar. A few other minerals we could find, depending on the sites we decide to visit, include pyrope garnets, pelecypod fossils, jasper, agate, and if an old prospecting report is to be believed, quartz with visible gold. This area is al known for jade, but we won't be specifically looking for it because experience has shown that it's very difficult to find and there's plenty of other material to collect.

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Saturday, September 1st 2018 - Monday, September 3rd 2018

Yellow Cat Flats, Utah

WHAT TO COLLECT: Black and white fossil wood, jasper pseudomorphs after barite, agate. TOOLS NEEDED: Lots of containers and backpacks! This is all surface collecting unless you want to pry a fossil log out of the wall of the hillside.

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Saturday, September 8th 2018 - Sunday, September 9th 2018

Como Bluffs Dino Quarry Jrs Only

What to see and collect: The dinosaur quarry is on private ranchland and is managed by club member, Jim Siegwarth. Hundreds of bones have been removed from this site and there are probably hundreds remaining, They are primarily the remains of the classic dinosaurs like Allosaurus, Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus. The dinosaur fossils we excavate go to various museums. Near the quarry, the older strata contain numerous belemnite fossils, which you may collect. There is also quite a bit of attractive jasper in the area, including projectile points.

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Saturday, September 22nd 2018 - Sunday, September 23rd 2018

Fairburn Agates & White River Group Fossils, Crawford, NE

Trip Agenda: Saturday morning we will briefly explore the Brule Formation around Toadstool Park. World famous Oligocene fossils. Please note, fossil collecting is strictly prohibited by Federal Law. However, photographs are allowed. Then we will drive east of Toadstool Park and explore the lower Chadron Formation and chalcedony beds. Later we will drive to the agate beds and start hunting for Fairburn, Prairie, Picture, and Blue Agates, and Petrified Wood. Sunday morning will be more agate hunting. After lunch, you can continue agate collecting, visit the Hudson-Meng Bison Kill & Visitor Center, return to Crawford and visit historic Fort Robinson and the Trailside Museum, or return home.

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Saturday, October 6th 2018 - Sunday, October 7th 2018

Dinosaur Tracks and K-T Boundary

Sunday, October 7th: The Picketwire Canyon south of LaJunta, Colorado, contains the largest dinosaur trackway in the United States. Over 1,300 footprints extending along a 1/4 mile expanse are exposed. We have arranged a special trip into the canyon, guided by a Forest Service employee. Participants will need a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach the canyon bottoms, but we will carpool to get everyone there. In addition to the tracks, we will visit Native American rock art sites, an old Hispanic townsite, and the ranch houses from the 20th Century. Trip Extension to the K-T Boundary on Saturday, October 6th: For those who would like to see an exposure of the K-T Boundary, a visit to the site in Trinidad Lake State Park is planned for Saturday afternoon. This is one of the best exposures of the famed K-T Boundary, where Cretaceous and Tertiary aged rocks are separated by an iridium-rich layer from the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs along with 70% of all species on Earth. A half mile round trip hike along an interpretive trail is required. Each vehicle will need to purchase a $7 parks pass

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