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.
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.
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