VMNH paleo field trips

Here’s some upcoming field trips from the Virginia Museum of Natural History, via the Northern Virginia Mineral Club June Newsletter.

August 23-27: Paleo Camp for Adults!
$650/double, $900/single occupancy/week
$165/day/double; $230/day/single/overnight
$85/day (lunch provided by Stratford Hall)
$75/day (lunch on your own)
We will stay at Stratford Hall, home of the Lees of Virginia. We
will collect from Aquia Creek (upriver); Popes Creek (MD) area,
and Westmoreland Cliffs. Formations include the Aquia (60 my),
Nanjemoy (50 my), Calvert (14 my), Choptank (12 my), Eastover (9

August 28: Calvert County Cliffs and Chesapeake Bay
Boat Trip (Limit 16)
(Depending upon weather conditions)
VMNH Member, $90; Non-Member, $100
Staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Prince Frederick, we will
launch boats at the Chesapeake Beach at 9:00 a.m. and collect
shells, bone, teeth of the Calvert (17 my) and Choptank (12 my)
Formations along the beaches and cliffs of the famous Calvert
Cliffs for about 15 miles. We return to Chesapeake Beach at 4:30
p.m. (In case of windy weather we will move to the Patuxent

August 29: Pope’s Creek/Potomac Boat Trip (Limit 16)
VMNH Member, $45.50; Non-Member, $50
The group will put in at the 301 bridge near Pope’s Creek and boat
the river on the Maryland side for about 8 miles. We collect
shells, bone, and teeth from lower Eocene (50 mya), lower Miocene
(18 mya).

Sept. 11: Stratford Hall/Westmoreland Boat Trip (Limit
16) 8:00-4:00 p.m.VMNH Member, $76.50, Non-Member, $85
Stratford Hall $5/ea grounds fee which can be applied to dining
at the Stratford Hall Dining Room or Gift Shop
Take a trip along the spectacular cliffs of the Potomac River, in
an area rich in paleontology, ecology, and history. The 140-foot
high cliffs expose sediment ranging for 3.5 million to 14 million
years old, and have produced fossils of whales, seals, crocodiles,
sharks, and numerous seashells. Explore the scenic beauty at
Westmoreland State Park and the historic structures and museum
at Stratford Hall. Accommodations and park fees are not included.
A campground is available at Westmoreland State Park
and hotels in Montross and Colonial Beach. Bring your own lunch, a
trowel, plastic bags, and a bucket. Dress to wade and get dirty.
Access is moderate, with some walking required, and getting wet
is likely. No restrooms.

Sept. 12: Stratford Hall/Westmoreland 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
VMNH Member, $31.50; Non-Member, $35
Children under 12, $22.50; Non-Member, $25
Stratford Hall $5/ea grounds fee which can be applied
to dining at the Stratford Hall Dining Room or Gift Shop
Meet at Westmoreland State Park at 9:00 a.m., convoy to Stratford
Hall, and boat the Stratford Hall Cliffs to collect shells,
bone, teeth, etc. from the Calvert, Choptank, St. Marys, and
Eastover Formations.
For any of these trips, contact: Janet Roetken
janet.roetken @ vmnh.virginia.gov


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