KGMS members in good standing (dues must be paid) can participate in collecting field trips.
- Standard safety equipment required (hardhats, steel toe boots, safety vests, safety glasses)
- Be on time for escorted field trips. If you are late, you will not be allowed on the trip
- Some field trips may have additional rules (e.g. mines)
Please feel free to contact Jack (fieldTrips@kalamazooRockClub.org) with any questions
Agate Symposium in Cedarburg, WI
This is not a field trip but several members will be attending the quadrennial Agate Symposium and/or Show.
|Symposium||July 7, 2016 (Thursday)|
|Show||July 8, 2016 (Friday) – July 10 (Sunday)|
|Host||Agate Expos LLC|
|Lodging||There are a lot of choices and you may stay where you wish.|
|Details||Please visit the Agate Expo website for all of the details. The Agate Expo consists of both a symposium and a show. Please be sure to register in advance if you wish to attend the symposium.|
2016 Field Trips:
Our Annual Trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Our trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is centered on shows and field trips hosted by local clubs.
We understand that everyone has a different schedule. Please feel free to come and leave as you like.
|Dates||August 5, 2016 (Friday) – Aug 7, 2016 (Sunday)|
|Host||Ishpeming Rock & Mineral Club|
|Location||Ishpeming, MI (Iron Country)|
|Lodging||There are a lot of choices and you may stay where you wish. Most of our members stay at the Country Village Resort. which includes multiple accomodation levels: tent, RV, cabin and hotel|
|Details||The Ishpeming club’s schedule typically consists of:
Note: On Thursday, we will get together for a 6:30 PM kick-off dinner at the Jasper Ridge Brewery which is located in the Country Village Resort.
|Dates||Aug 7, 2016 (Sunday) – Aug 14, 2015 (Sunday)|
|Hosts||Copper Country Rock & Mineral Club
A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
|Location||Hancock, MI (Copper Country)||Lodging||There are a lot of choices and you may stay where you wish. Most of our members stay at the Hancock City Campground. which includes RV and tent camping. There are also hotels and motels in the area.|
|Details||Our trip to Copper Country is much less structured than our visit to Iron country. Among the sponsored events are:
If you would like to attend one of the Keweenaw Mineral Days field trips, please register and sign up for field trips on their web site. Many sites are only accessible through their field trips.
Our Annual Trip To Alpena, MI
Please note that this year in addition to our usual field trip to the Lafarge Quarry on Saturday we are also hosting an educational (i.e. non-collecting) tour of Michigan karst geology on Friday. Please feel free to attend one or both of the events.
|Caravan Tour of Michigan karst|
|Date||8:00 AM Friday, September 30, 2016|
|Host||Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society|
|Starting Location||The meeting place has changed. We will no longer meet at the BP in Hillman; instead, we will meet at the following BP station (click the address below to view using Google Maps):|
|Items||This is not a collecting field trip.|
|Details||We will caravan to the following karst features (click the image below to view using Google Maps).
|Field trip to Lafarge Quarry|
|Date||8:30 AM Saturday, Oct 1, 2016|
|Host||Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society||Location||Lafarge Quarry, Alpena, MI
There are a few different Lafarge parking lots. Please meet at this one.
|Items||All kinds of fossils|
|Long pants, sturdy boots, hard hats and safety glasses are required for this field trip
IMPORTANT: Be on time. This is an escorted field trip and everyone MUST enter the quarry as a group and remain with the group.
October (not yet scheduled) – Byholt Quarry, Schoolcraft, MI
|Host||Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society
The pit may be operational that day so please arrive no more that 15 minutes early – if possible.
Please park on the side of the road at the gate and wait for directions. The fee per person is $5 or $7 per family. I hope that this is an easy way we can show appreciation for the opportunity.
Please use common sense for the proper attire for the conditions and a hard hat,boots and bright safety vest are required. We can collect as much as we can carry out or as large as we can fit in a truck.
11360 South 4th Street
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
|Please note that long pants, sturdy boots, hard hats and high visibility vests are required for this field trip
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