Field Trips

Field trips are usually scheduled for the Saturday following the first Sunday of each month. There are exceptions, so please check the dates!   As in most years, there are no field trips in August and December.

If you plan to attend a field trip, please inform the leader at least three days before the expedition, except for the trips to Shark Tooth Hill, and for those, you need to RSVP two weeks in advance.

 


 

FIELD TRIPS CALENDAR

APRIL 7-9-COLLECTING BRACHIOPODS AND PETRIFIED WOOD IN UTAH-Led by Steve Mulqueen-A full weekend of fun!  Friday evening we’ll get together for dinner in St. George, Utah.  Then we’ll meet in St. George at the Dinosaur Discovery Center at Johnson Farm on Saturday morning, followed by collecting fossil brachiopods. On Sunday morning, we will collect petrified wood that has been replaced by malachite (green fossil-wood!!!)  Can’t get better than that!  Itinerary subject to weather and road conditions.  For members only.  Contact person:  Steve Mulqueen: mulques1@yahoo.com.

May 13, 2017-COLLECTING STROMATOLITES-THE FIRST FORM OF LIFE ON EARTH! 1.7 billion years old! Alexander Hills, CA. Followed by trilobites at Emigrant Pass, Nopah Range, 550 million years old.  We will meet in Shoshone at 8:30 AM outside of the general store. To get to Shoshone: exit Interstate 15 at Baker and head north on Highway 127 towards Death Valley. It’s about 50 miles north of Baker.  We will spend 3-4 hours at the stromatolite site, and then caravan to the trilobite site. What to bring: geology pick, shovel, newspaper, cardboard boxes, lunch, snacks, plenty of water, cooler with ice, sunglasses, hat, gloves, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and auto tools.  Good spare tire with proper air pressure.The road is paved but has a few rough spots. Make sure you gas up!  Led by Steve Mulqueen. RSVP: mulques1@yahoo.com.  Members only.

June 10, 2017-COLLECTING PLEISTOCENE MARINE SHELLS AT NEWPORT BEACH. 50,000-100,000 years old, Palos Verdes Sand Formation.   Led by Joe Cocke.  Contact person:  Jennifer Kerr:  jenfossils@aol.com for meeting place and time.  Members only.

July 9, 2017-Behind-the-Scenes private tour of La Brea Museum, including the active digs on site!  The tour will begin right after our meeting.  Members only.

August-Dark

September 16, 2017-TENTATIVE: WHIRL-WIND FOSSIL-COLLECTING TOUR OF RINCON HILL, SANTA BARBARA DUMP, AND PERHAPS ISLA VISTA IN SANTA BARBARA-Led by Dr. Austin Hendy.  Details to follow.  Members only.

October 14, 2017-TENTATIVE: FIELD TRIP TO THE LOS ANGELES NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM TO SEE THE PROPOSED CALIFORNIA STATE DINOSAUR!  The Southern CA Paleontological Society is a co-sponsor of the bill to adopt Augustynolophus morrisi as the official state dinosaur. We’ll see it in person! Details to follow.  Members only.

November 11, 2017-China Lake Petroglyphs!  A tour of incredible petroglyphs at a top-secret military base at China Lake.  You’ll have to go through a security screening, but it’s well-worth it!  Details to follow.  RSVP at least two weeks in advance is a must! Contact person: Jennifer Kerr: jenfossils@aol.com. Members only.

December 3, 2017-HOLIDAY POT-LUCK, SILENT AUCTION, AND GIFT EXCHANGE. NO FIELD TRIPS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER!