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Field Trips

Collect, Tour, and Explore!

 

⛏️ Field trip attendance is only available to paid-up Members.

🙋‍‍♂️ RSVPs are handled on a first-come first-served basis.

📈 Each trip allows a certain number of attendees, but if a trip fills up a wait list is created.

🔍 If you would like to attend one of the field trips listed below: As soon as you are reasonably sure you will be able attend, send an email to the given address. If you can no longer attend a trip let us know as soon as possible so we can give your spot to someone on the wait list.

Upcoming Field Trips

Delta, Utah

May 3, 2024

May 3, 4 & 5 - Geologist Steve Mulqueen will lead us on three days hunting fossils, but not all three days are required. We will stay in Delta each night and depart for a new site each morning. The site on May 3 may be near St. George, UT (on our return trip home). We will find trilobites (Middle Cambrian, approx. 521 MYO.), ammonites (Early Triassic, approx. 248 MYO.), petrified wood (Triassic Age, approx. 220 MYO.) and dinosaur tracks (no fossil digging).

Dennis Rainey

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4-day Nevada field trip

August 15, 2024

Drive to Fernley, NV on Thursday Aug. 15. On Friday, visit a quarry in Hazen, NV in search of Miocene fish. On Sat., search for Triassic coral, brachiopod and bivalve fossils at a site near Mina, NV. On Sunday, look for middle Cambrian sponges and other fossils. There will be an optional side trip to Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park if time permits. On the way home, also if time permits, there will be stop at Emigrant Pass to collect trilobites.

Dennis Rainey, Kim Slaughter

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Chivo Canyon (Simi Valley)

September 14, 2024

Zach Mekelburg will lead SCPS members in Chivo Canyon in search of Eocene marine fossils, including Turritella and bivalves.

Zach Mekelburg

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TBD

October 19, 2024

TBD

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Sharktooth Hill, Caruso property

November 9, 2024

Collect Miocene marine fossils, like shark teeth and vertebrae, etc.

Dennis Rainey

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Newport Aquatic Center, Newport Back Bay

January 25, 2025

Meet at the Newport Aquatic Center (Newport Back Bay) in search of 100,000-year-old Pleistocene shells in the Palos Verdes Sand formation.

Bill Ungar

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TBD

February 22, 2025

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Sean and Lisa Tohill's Sharktooth Hill property

March 15, 2025

Sean and Lisa have invited us back to collect Miocene marine fossils, like shark teeth and vertebrae, etc.

Mimi Anaya

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Capitola Beach, near Santa Cruz

April 5, 2025

Members will walk the sandy shoreline by Capitola Beach in search of late Pliocene marine fossils in the Purisma Formation. On April 5, at 12:30 pm, there is a .49 negative tide, which is good for traversing the shoreline in search of fossils. At higher tide, significant parts of the beach are inaccessible.

Tanielle Redman

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