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.
Stay up to date current findings and topics by following the Fossil Club Facebook page and Wordpress blog.
Fossil Club Meetings
Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis on Saturdays and begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the conference room 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 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.
2014 Fossil Club Meeting schedule:
Check back for 2014 dates and information.
Fossil Club Field Trips
For all trips, contact Bob Ertman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-533-4203 as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday before the trip. 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.
Upcoming Fossil Club Field Trips:
Sunday, December 1, 2013. Our last trip of this season will be the John Wolf Memorial Fossil Trip. We'll meet at a park-and-ride in Middleton, Delaware, at 9:30 a.m. and caravan to a cornfield in Odessa to collect petrified wood (cypress from the Pleistocene, probably 1.5-2million years old, close to the Miocene boundary).
About noon, we'll move on ot the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal for a different kind of collecting. We'll be digging and sifting in the spoil banks for marine fossils from the Cretaceous, about 44 to 65 million years ago.
One of the traditions of this trip is hot dogs and potluck. We have the hotdogs and buns covered.
Limit 25. Details at sign-up. Please sign up with trip leader, Bob Ertman, as soon as you can but no later than the Thursday before the trip. Please use email if you can: email@example.com. This will be a joint trip with other clubs in the area.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History sponsors some really nice trips to places you can't go by yourself. Visit them at http://www.vmnh.net/index.cfm/topic/field-trip-adventures.
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 e-mail Bruce Hargreaves at firstname.lastname@example.org for coordination and exclusive tour guide service. Rocky Point is generally open from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Castle Hayne opens at 1 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.
Castle Hayne: 910-602-6058
Rocky Point: 910-675-0011
Non-CMMFC Field Trips:
VMNH Field Trips
Fossil Club Elected Officers & Volunteers*
John Nance, President: email@example.com
Grenda Denns, Vice President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christa Conant, Treasurer: email@example.com
Flo Strean, Secretary: (e-mail address not available)
Pam Platt, Membership Chairperson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Godfrey, Editor*: Godfresj@co.cal.md.us
Robert Ertman, Fall Field Trip Leader*: Robertertman@msn.com
Spring Field Trip Leader*: (to be determined)