Fossil Club

Fossil Club Displays at Patuxent River Appreciation Days
The Ecphora: Newsletter/Journal of the CMM Fossil Club, Click here
Fossil Club Membership 
Join the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club and increase your knowledge of life in the Miocene and take advantage of special field trip opportunities. Click here for an application/renewal form. 
Fossil Club Meetings 
Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis on Saturdays and begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the lounge on the top floor of the museum. All meetings are open to the public - you do not have to be a current CMMFC member to attend a meeting. Members are encouraged to come early to see the new on-goings at the museum and to bring and set-up their own recent fossil finds. Various related fossil topics, club issues, etc. are discussed at the meetings, as well as updates from the Paleo Staff of the Calvert Marine Museum on recent finds and new additions to the museum's permanent collection. Whenever possible, these new items will be on display. Beverages and snacks are usually provided and additional "finger food" contributions are always appreciated. Meetings are an hour to an hour and a half in length and are, whenever possible, followed by a free public lecture by a visiting distinguished guest at 2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. 
2016 Fossil Club Meeting, Lecture & Event Schedule:
Saturday, November 19: 12 p.m. in the Chestnut Cabin at Scientists Cliffs. Beach walk/collecting, potluck lunch, meeting and presentation. Donald Morgan will be the guest speaker.

Fossil Club Field Trips

For all trips, contact Bob Ertman at or 410-533-4203 as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday before the trip. Remember to include your cell phone number. Please remember to call in for yourself and family members, or for another club member, on the date and time indicated. Current memberships in both the Fossil Club and the Calvert Marine Museum are needed to go on the trips. Information on directions, lodging, meeting times and meeting places will be provided at the call-in.

2016 Field Trip Schedule:

Saturday, October 15:
Robert Ertman will lead a trip to Douglas Point, just above Purse State Park. Meet at 9:30 a.m.; directions provided at sign-up. There is a mile hike from parking to the river, but collection begins right at the river. Parking is limited so the trip will allow for five cars, in addition to the trip leader; please try to carpool. Sign up by email to, as soon as possible. Collecting will be similar to Purse State Park but without the Turritella. For more info, click here.

Saturday, November 5: Stephen Godfrey will lead a trip to Camp Canoy (Choptank and St. Mary's formations). Sign up by Friday, November 4, via email to Limited to 15 CMMFC members. Meet at the Calvert Marine Museum at 10 a.m. We will carpool to the site. Low tide is approximately 12:16 p.m.

Saturday, November 26: Odessa, DE. This is a John Wolf Memorial Trip. Meet up is at 9:45-10:00 a.m. near Middletown, DE; details provided at sign up. Sign up by Thanksgiving via email to We will move on to the farm in Odessa to walk the fields (soybeans this year) and collect petrified wood (cypress from the Pleistocene, probably 1.5-2 million years old). No special equipment is necessary. Please leave your tools at home so that we do not do anything to cause erosion on this no-till farm. A cautionary note: It is unlikely, but this is a working farm and if the harvest is not in, we will have to postpone the trip. Click here for a write up about one of our trips to a nearby site.
Fossil Club Scholarship
The Betty (Sandy) Roberts Scholarship for Natural Sciences is a partnership between the Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) and the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club to provide financial support to Southern Maryland students in pursuit of a post-secondary education focused on the natural sciences. Click here for information about the scholarship and the application.

Fossil Club Elected Officers & Volunteers*

Grenda Dennis, President:
Billy Palmer, Vice President:
Christa Conant, Treasurer:
Donald Morgan III, Secretary:
Pam Platt, Membership Chairperson:
Stephen Godfrey, Editor*:
Robert Ertman, Fall Field Trip Leader*:
Robert Ertman, Spring Field Trip Leader*: