Meeting Dates | Field Trips
Smithsonian Paleontological Training Program


Meeting Dates

Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis on Saturdays and begin promptly at 12:30 PM in the conference room on the top floor of the CMM. 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 CMM 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 CMM 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 usually 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 in the auditorium downstairs.

The meeting/event schedule for 2011 is as follows:

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Saturday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m.
CMM Fossil Club Meeting in the Lounge.
Free public lecture will follow in the museum auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m.
CMM Fossil Club Meeting in the Lounge.
Free public lecture will follow in the museum auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

Field Trips

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. Unless otherwise stated, all call-in’s are to Kathy at (410) 549-4701.

Upcoming CMM Club Meetings and Field Trips:

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Note:  CMMFC members interested in collecting "South of the Border" at Castle Hayne, Rocky Point, or Belgrade Mines in North Carolina on Fridays, December thru March, can email Bruce Hargreaves at for coordination and exclusive tour guide service.  Rocky Point is generally open from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Castle Hayne opens at 1:00 p.m.

The PCS Mine in Aurora, NC has canceled all fossil collecting this spring, 2011, because of safety concerns associated with the ongoing mine reconfiguration. A PCS spokesperson said mine officials will review the safety situation this summer to determine whether collecting will be permitted for the fall season.

Onslow Beach (Camp Le Jeune, Jacksonville) and Green Mill Run (Greensville) are still open. The best time for Green Mill Run is on the weekends during the ECU school year. Onslow is located on the Marine base at Camp Le Jeune in Jacksonville, but civilians can get a pass at the front gate.

The Belgrade Martin Marietta quarry, north of Jacksonville, will "probably" reopen to collectors in 2011, after the New Year. Belgrade has been closed to fossil hunting since last spring. Richland's was temporarily closed to fossil collectors but has recently reopened. Also, Harleyville, the C. auriculatis site in South Carolina, is still closed.

Phone Numbers:
Belgrade:  910-743-6471
Castle Hayne:  910-602-6058
Harleyville:  843-462-7655
Rocky Point:  910-675-0011
Richlands:  910-324-7430

Non-CMMFC Field Trips

VMNH Field Trips



Smithsonian Paleontological Training Program



Do you ever wonder what it's like to be behind the scenes at the Smithsonian? Here's your chance to find out! The Department of Paleobiology is offering a series of programs on fossils at a nominal fee to help train current and future volunteers. Call 202-357-4030 to reserve a place.

The purpose of the Paleontological Training Program (PTP) is to acquaint interested members of the public with fossils and the history of life, as well as methods of paleontological collecting, conservation, collections management, and the nature of research at the Museum of Natural History. We hope the PTP will also serve to encourage participants to volunteer in areas of research, collections management, or other departmental activities as well as increasing the knowledge of current volunteers.

A fee per student is charged to cover the cost of the term.

Contact: Jennifer Young,, (202) 357-4030.

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