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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 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 for members only.






Isla Vista

Pleistocene marine invertebrates, dated to 45,000 to 105,000 years old. Trip leader is David Mautz, who has led field trips there before and has an excellent fruit picker that works to reach fossils up the cliff. RSVP to Patrick Hsieh at


Pine Mountain

Spaces are limited because there is very little parking at the site, but you are welcome to carpool. This trip will be for sand dollars and is always a hit! David Mautz will be the trip leader, but RSVP to Patrick Hsieh at


Marble Mountains

This trip to collect trilobites from the lower Cambrian will be lead by Ann and Ed Platzer. RSVP to Patrick Hsieh at