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. Field trips are MEMBERS ONLY.

Upcoming Trips

January 11, 2020- JALAMA BEACH, LOMPOC <No Limit> – Pliocene-Miocene fish. Led by Patrick Hsieh. Contact person: Patrick Hsieh: Note: We will meet at 1:00 PM due to tides.

February 15, 2020- NEWPORT BACK BAY, NEWPORT BEACH <Limit 12 participants> – Pleistocene shells. Led by Joe Cocke. Contact person: Patrick Hsieh: SIGN UPS FULL, ACCEPTING WAIT LIST RESERVATIONS.

March 7, 2020- ERNST QUARRIES, SHARKTOOTH HILL, BAKERSFIELD <No Limit, Entrance fee to quarry> – Miocene shark teeth and marine mammals. Contact person: Patrick Hsieh:

April 24-26, 2020 – FIFTH ANNUAL UTAH FIELD TRIP- TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: TRILOBITES, POSSIBLY AMMONITES,  PETRIFIED WOOD, AND VIEWING OF DINOSAUR TRACKS <Limited Spaces>. Led by Stephen Mulqueen, geologist.  Contact person: Stephen Mulqueen: 

May 9, 2020- PINE MOUNTAIN <Limit 10 Vehicles> – Miocene sand dollars. Led by David Mautz. Contact person: Patrick Hsieh:

June 13, 2020- RINCON HILL, CARPINTERIA <Limit 15 Participants> – Pleistocene shells. Led by Phil Liff-Grieff. Contact person: Patrick Hsieh:

July 12, 2020 – Tentative 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 19, 2020 – TORREY PINES BEACH <No Limit> – Fossil shells and petrified wood. Led by Branden Stinson. Contact person: Patrick Hsieh:

October 10, 2020 – CHIVO CANYON, SIMI VALLEY <No Limit> – Eocene shells. Led by David Mautz. Contact person:  Patrick Hsieh:

NOVEMBER 7, 2020 – EMIGRANT PASS <Limit 10 vehicles> – Cambrian trilobites. Contact person: Patrick Hsieh: