About DMS Field Trips
The DMS sponsors and/or participates in
several field trips per month. In the past, members of the club have
visited mineral and/or fossil collecting sites in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland,
and North Carolina.
For photos of the localities that we visited, the participants and the
specimens that were collected, please see the field trip pages on the
DMS web site.
If you are interested in
participating in a field trip, there are several ways to sign up.
They are as follows: 1) sign up at a DMS club
meeting, 2) call me or 3) send an email
to Tom Pankratz at
email@example.com, or phone at (302) 239-0140. Please do so at least 72-hours before each
trip. Directions to each fieldtrip will be emailed and/or
discussed over the phone with those who sign up to attend.
All field trips are weather
Several of the trips are physically
demanding! All trips require at least an average level
of physical fitness!
Most quarry trips require members
to be at least 18 years old, and to have a
hardhat, safety glasses/goggles, and steel-toed boots.
However, there are a few quarries where younger members are allowed
to collect as long as they are supervised by a parent.
Collecting equipment should
include: rock hammers, chisels, pry-bars,
boxes, packing material for specimens such as newspaper, etc.,
screens for sifting, etc.
Bring water, drinks and snacks for the
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
Carry sunscreen and insect
Please check back here periodically or
send me an email expressing your interest in collecting either fossils
and/or minerals and I will add you to my email list.
Over the past few years, the DMS has sponsored
field trips to collect fossils and minerals at localities in
North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and
Delaware. For photos of the localities
that we have visited, the participants and the specimens that were
collected, please see the field trip pages on the DMS web site.
[Tom Pankratz, Vice-President of Fieldtrips]
Past Field Trips 2004-2013
Native Gold display at the Smithsonian,
Washington, D.C., bus trip, 3-18-2012
Show 2012 Field Trip Display Case
Tom Pankratz, Fieldtrip Case Coordinator
2013 DMS UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS
Hi DMS Members;
I've made arrangements for collecting trips to 2
quarries on the hill that runs between Kennett
Square and Avondale, Pa.
The date is Saturday, Oct 26.
This hill is primarily schist and has been quarried for
building stone for many years. From my brief visits to
these quarries it appears the whole hill (which runs
northeast-southwest and is several miles long) is a huge
fold and is highly layered. The layers of schist appear
to vary in texture and composition and are cut in many
places by pegmatite (quartz and feldspar) veins. I
don't know the full range of minerals to be found here,
but I have seen quartz crystals, almandine garnets the
size of chicken eggs and crystals of schorl tourmaline
(I picked up one that was 3/4" across).
To my knowledge neither of these quarries have ever been
D'Amico Quarry: ( 9:00 am-12:00) I have not walked
this quarry, but I hope to soon and will pass on more
information then. It is an active quarry and, as
seen from Google Earth, quite large with lots of piles
Rotunno Quarry: (after noon). This quarry is fairly
small and though it is an active 'rock yard' it has not
been quarried in the past 20 years. It is overgrown.
There are many rock faces and piles of rock to be
examined (on one pile I turned a rock over and it was
covered with schorl; Louis Rotunno, the owner, has a
half-dozen large garnets he's picked up on the
Safety Equipment: REQUIRED: Hard Hat, Steel-toed
Boots, Safety Glasses.
The usual waiver of liability form must be signed.
If you are interested in joining this trip please let me
know as soon as possible.
More details later; I'll answer questions as best I
(ps: neither of these quarries are the one you see when
driving north on 41 from Delaware to Avondale)
Teeter Quarry at Gettysburg, Pa (owned by Valley
Time: Nov 2, 2013, time to be determined; Meet at
quarry office at X.xx am
Collecting: The Teeter Quarry at Gettysburg is located in
the Gettysburg shale of Tirassic age. At this particular
site the shale is very close to an intrusive igneous diabase
sheet and has been literally baked by the diabase intrusion
at the time of its emplacement. This baked rock that the
collector sees today should not be called a shale but rather
a hornfels. The zeolite minerals were deposited along both
open and tight fractures and between rock fragments where
the rock was brecciated (meaning ‘fragmented’) as an
indirect result of the intruding diabase magma. These
minerals crystallized out of solution shortly after the
diabase solidified. Malachite and pyrolusite are the result
of later mineral deposition from percolating ground water.
Minerals that can be collected here include: calcite,
chabazite, chalcocite, epidote, hematite, heulandites,
limonite, malachite, natrolite, pyrite, pyrolusite, quartz,
Safety and Liability: Steel-toed shoes, hard hat, safety
glasses and gloves are required. Wear clothing appropriate
for the season. The speed limit within the quarry is
10mph. Quarry vehicles always have the right of way. You
will be expected to sign both an injury waiver and a safety
Gear: Sledges, rock hammers, chisels, prybar, boxes,
wrapping, anything else you can think of.
We are in the planning stages for more of our upcoming
fieldtrip season. Usually, mid-March is when we venture after
the winter snow, to visit area sites, observe geology, and
collect minerals and fossils. Our season ends in mid-November. Become a club Member, and join us!
If you have any requests or ideas for fieldtrip locales, please
Tom Pankratz (302) 239-0140,
[Tom Pankratz, Vice-President of Fieldtrips]
Society of Natural History of Delaware
All events are free and
open to the public. Fieldtrips normally take 2-4 hours.
For questions and/or reservations for any trip call
Al Matlack at (302) 239-5383.
New Jersey State Museum Fieldtrips
Dinosaur Hunting with the State Museum!
Virginia Museum of Natural History Field Trips
VMNH FIELD TRIPS
Join the Virginia Museum of Natural
History staff and learn about the fascinating geological history of
the Middle Atlantic States.
These trips cover a wide variety of ages and environments
representative of the last 450 million years.
Field trip fees are used to support VMNH
research. To learn about upcoming field trips or to make a
reservation, please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the museum at (276)
634-4171. This information is also available on the VMNH website at
http://www.vmnh.net under the Research and Collections and
VMNH Expeditions links. Please note that space is limited.
(Scientifically significant specimens may be retained by curators
for the VMNH collection.)
Details of these trips can be found at: http://www.vmnh.net/index.cfm?pg=285
Research and Collections
Museum of Natural History
21 Starling Avenue
Collecting Adventure Stories:
"Sunny Brook Crick
Goethite" by Joe Dunleavy