Category Archives: VGFC

2018 VGFC registration open

Registration is now open for the 2018 Virginia Geological Field Conference,  A yearly conference highlighting Virginia’s geological diversity:

This year’s field trip will focus on the geology of the Southside Virginia Piedmont.  Yes, Virginia there are rocks exposed in the Southside Piedmont! The 2018 conference will highlight new geochemical, geochronological, and structural insights into the geologic history of terranes in the southeastern-most Piedmont including the Roanoke Rapids, Raleigh, and Carolina terranes.  The conference will be based out of Petersburg, and the field trip will venture as far south as Skippers, near the Virginia-North Carolina state line.


The 48th Virginia Geological Field Conference will meet in Petersburg, Virginia at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Petersburg/Dinwiddie. The hotel is located off I-85 and near US Rt. 460 on the southwest side of Petersburg.


Student Geoscience Career Mentoring Workshop—3 to 5 p.m., Friday, October 26, hotel conference room.  Open to all two-year, four-year, and graduate college students.

Reception, Business Meeting, and Field Trip Introduction – 6 to 8 p.m. at the hotel meeting room

The Field Trip – Saturday, Oct. 27 departure at 7:30 a.m. from Holiday Inn Express & Suites Petersburg/Dinwiddie. Return by 6 p.m.

The field trip will include a traverse across the Southside Virginia Piedmont, stops will include the Petersburg Granite, mafic and felsic rocks in the Roanoke Rapids terrane, Skipper Granite quarry, and the Falls of the Nottoway.  We’ll have lunch in Emporia, Virginia. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, and dress for Fall weather in the Piedmont.  Hard hats are needed for the quarry visit.  Weather permitting, participants may wish to immerse themselves (or some part of themselves) in the Nottoway River.  There will be some walking over rough terrain, the longest walk will be ~1/2 mile.


Professionals – $75 or $80                           Students – $25 or $30

Participants can pay beforehand with check for $75/$25 students (payable to Virginia Geologic Field Conference, c/o Mark Carter, 3391 West Old Mountain Road, Louisa VA), or use Eventzilla for $80/$30 students. Register early as there will not be on-site registrations. Students, if paying by check, please indicate whether or not you are planning to attend the Friday afternoon Student Forum/Workshop in addition to the Saturday Field Trip.  Also, be prepared to show a current Student ID at check-in.

Registration fees include food/drink at the reception, transportation for the field trip, lunch, beverages, and snacks on Saturday.


Current prices for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Petersburg/Dinwiddie are ~$100 for double rooms.  Book early.

There are other hotel options in Petersburg. Camping and cabins are available at Picture Lake Campground (~10 minutes from the Holiday Inn Express).

Save the date: 2017 VGFC in Charlottesville

Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 – hosted by Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville

The year’s trip will focus on Precambrian geology in the Blue Ridge Anticlinorium, and will be led by Chuck Bailey, Megan Flansburg, and Tom Biggs. More information can be found on the VGFC website:

2016 VGFC: Cenozoic geology along the York & Piankatank Rivers

2016 Conference

Cenozoic Geology and Paleontology along the York and Piankatank rivers

Karen Layou, J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College

Rowan Lockwood, College of William & Mary

Rick Berquist, Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources

Pete Berquist, Thomas Nelson Community College

Friday, October 7 – Saturday, October 8, 2016

hosted by the Department of Geology, College of William & Mary

This year’s field trip will focus on Cenozoic geology and paleontology along the York and Piankatank rivers in the eastern Virginia Coastal Plain.  The field trip, which will be based at William & Mary, will be led by Karen Layou, Rowan Lockwood and Rick Berquist.  We will examine the Haven Beach marsh deposits that are being overstepped by the beach as a result of active marine transgression.  We will also visit Holland Point on the Piankatank River to see a dated oyster reef at the base of the Elsing Green Alloformation.  The Mitchem pit is also on the itinerary.  Here, we will see Tabb-Sedgefield spit sands over bay-bottom muddy sands of Sedgefield (or the newly named Elsing Green Formation) with assemblages of Mercenaria and numerous other shells.

Last but not least we will visit the York River State Park fossil cliffs where we will see the intriguing contact between the Yorktown-Eastover formations.  We may even have a drilling demonstration at the Visitor’s Center for those who are interested.

2016 Conference

VGFC update – new registration address

Virginia Geological Field Conference folks,

There is much interest in the upcoming Field Conference to Virginia’s central Piedmont, however on the registration form that was attached to the previous announcement, the address given was the old mailing address for the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources and that has caused problems for people sending in their registration form.
The correct address is-
Virginia Geological Field Conference
Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources
900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 500
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Virginia Geological Field Conference 2010

This just in from Chuck Bailey….

The 2010 Virginia Geological Field Conference will take place in the Heart of Virginia – the central Piedmont on October 8th-9th.  Brent Owens (William & Mary) will lead us to some exciting exposures of metamorphic rocks in the Chopawamsic arc terrane.  Attached is the registration form.

The conference will be based at Bear Creek Lake State Park near Cumberland.  Camping and cabins are available in the park, motel accommodations are located in Dillwyn, Fork Union, and Zions Crossroads (20 to 45 minutes from Bear Creek Lake State Park).  For links and more information checkout the VGFC website (  As is typical there will be a Friday evening business meeting/trip introduction and an all-day saturday field trip.  Transportation, lunch, and guidebooks will be provided.

The pre-registration deadline is Sept. 20th.

A few other items:

1) We will be holding elections for VGFC officers (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer) at the conference.  The current officers have served for quite a while.  If you know of somebody who would excel or if you are interested in serving please let me know so I can put together a slate of candidates.  Currently, we have officers from the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources and an academic – given the number of practicing geologists who attend the trip it stands to reason that we should draw an officer from that group as well.

2) Amy Gilmer set up a VGFC Facebook page- check it out and spread the word about the field conference.