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

FEB 25, 2017*-TRILOBITE COLLECTING AT NOPAH RANGE NEAR EMIGRANT PASS-We will meet at 9 AM in the parking lot of The Mad Greek restaurant in the town of Baker off of Interstate 15. This is a different locality from previous trilobite trips to the Nopah Range! Led by George Ast. RSVP:  Jennifer Kerr: jenfossils@aol.com.  *Note the date change because of inclement weather! 

MARCH 11, 2017-*COLLECTING EARLY PEISTOCENE MARINE FOSSILS AT RINCON HILL-400,000-1 million-year-old fossils!  Led by David Mautz. RSVP to Jennifer Kerr: jenfossils@aol.com. RSVP required in case we need to cancel because of inclement weather or road wash-out. *Our previously scheduled trips to White Whale Quarry and Pine Mountain have been cancelled because of road wash-outs!!

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 On Sunday morning, we will collect petrified wood that has been replaced by malachite (green fossil-wood!!!)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. We may visit the sites in different order. More details to follow.  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 by has a few rough spots. Make sure you gas up!  Led by Steve Mulqueen. RSVP: mulques1@yahoo.com.

June 10, 2017-TBA

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.

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.

October 14, 2017-TBA

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 two weeks in advance is a must! Contact person: Jennifer Kerr: jenfossils@aol.com. Space is limited, so members get first priority.

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