Field Trips

The Southern California Paleontological Society offers monthly field trips to collect fossils, visit museums, or tour locations of scientific importance!


If you plan to attend a field trip please RSVP the leader of that specific trip at least one week before the expedition. Some trips, such as visits to Shark Tooth Hill, are very popular and are first come first serve so responding ASAP is recommended. Field trips are often the second Saturday of the month. However, there are exceptions so please check the dates well in advance! August and December do not have field trips to accommodate hot weather and the holiday season.

Upcoming Trips

January 19, 2019-CHIVO CANYON FOSSILS, SIMI VALLEY-Led by David Mautz-Pliocene and Eocene marine fossils: gastropods, bivalves, sand dollars, sea urchins, nautiloids. Contact person: Jennifer Kerr:

February 16, 2019- MARBLE MOUNTAINS-TRILOBITES-Led by Drs. Ann and Ed Platzer. Contact person: Ed Platzer: POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 9TH DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

March 9, 2019- EMIGRANT PASS, NOPAH RANGE-TRILOBITES- Led by Jennifer Kerr. Contact person: Jennifer Kerr:

April 26, 27, & 28, 2019 – FOURTH ANNUAL UTAH FIELD TRIP- TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: TRILOBITES, POSSIBLY AMMONITES,  PETRIFIED WOOD, AND VIEWING OF DINOSAUR TRACKS. Led by Stephen Mulqueen, geologist.  Contact person: Stephen Mulqueen: by April 21, 2019 at the very latest.  MEMBERS ONLY!

June 8, 2019- ISLA VISTA MARINE FOSSILS-NORTH OF SANTA BARBARA-Led by David Mautz; contact person, Jennifer Kerr:

June 22, 2019-ARROYO SIMI-EOCENE CRABS, TURRITELLAS; LLAJAS FORMATION-Led by Patrick Hsieh, contact person-Patrick Hsieh:

July 7, 2019-Our field trip will be the Behind the Scenes Tour at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, following our regular meeting; members-only due to space limitations.

August-No trips scheduled

September 14, 2019-PINE MOUNTAIN SAND DOLLARS- Postponed until further notice.

October 12, 2019-BLUFF COVE MARINE FOSSILS, PALOS VERDES– Led by Joe Cocke; contact person:  Patrick Hsieh:   Note: we will meet at noon because of the tides.  

NOVEMBER 9, 2019- MARBLE MOUNTAIN TRILOBITES– Led by Ed and Ann Platzer. Contact person: Ed Platzer: