|PLACES AND TRIPS
Information, location, details and
from PMNS Trips & Places
PLACES AND TRIP MASTER PAGE.
On this page you can look up PAST trips and go to see specimens and photos
from those trips.
We certainly hope that YOU can take part
in future field trips and expeditions
of the Proctor Museum of Natural Science.
Some of our trips are joint trips with the
Houston Gem & Mineral Society and/or other groups.
In the past, there are certain areas, locations
and trips which have proven to be great locations
to find fossils, minerals and other natural
history items. This is a Master List from
which you may click on an item to be taken
to the page for that collecting area or location.
On the page you may find information about
the site as well as pictures of specimens
from that area, trip photos, scientific information
and other facts and sources.
(NOTE: MYA = million years ago)
As an example a Pennsylvanian fossil may
say 310MYA. Take away the MYA
and add 000,000 after the number, so 310MYA
- Agate Fossil Bed National Monument, Nebraska--near Scottsbluff, Nebraska and between
Mitchell (on South) and Harrison (on North)
on Nebraska State Highway 29 in Western Nebraska.
On this page are photos inside the Museum
of the Oligocene and Eocene animal skeletons.
- Arkansas Quartz--noted for the World's best Quartz and also
- Brownwood Lake, Texas--Pennsylvanian Archaeocidaris sp. of spiny
sea urchins, Crinoids and other marine life.
- Cebu, Philippines--home of the probably the World's loveliest
- Como Bluff, Wyoming--Morrison formation. One of the original
places to dig for dinosaurs.
- Corregidor, Philippines--Where the U.S. & Filipino troops made
a valiant stand in WWII--interesting rock
& other things.
- Douglas Pass, Colorado--Eocene leaf and some insect fossils, near
the Radome just off Colorado Highway.
- Florissant, Colorado--In this area is the Pike National Forest
where one could manually collect Amazonite,
Smoky Quartz crystals, Fluorite and other
minerals. Also of particular interest is
the Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument. Here you find Oligocene 35,000,000 fossil plants, insects and occasionally a fish or other fossils.
- Fossil Bed National Monument & Warfield Quarry, Kemmerer, Wyoming--Warfield Quarry is only
one of several places in the Kemmerer, Wyoming
area to dig for the wonderful fossil fish
from this area. However, the hospitality
is great; the price for digging reasonable;
and the accommodations for staying overnight
was a big extra.
- Leisey Shell Pit--near Ruskin, Florida on State Highway 41
or just off I.H. 75, in Western Florida,
near Tampa. This site is now exhausted and
closed. It was the best site of the most
Pleistocene vertebrate fossils recovered
in one area in history and also had great
invertebrate fossils, Gastropods and bi-valves.
- Little White Rock River, Trinity, Texas--Late Eocene petrified wood.
- McFadden Beach, Texas--between High Island and Sabine Pass one
can find Pleistocene fossils and Indian artifacts.
More Clovis Points have been found on this
beach than anywhere else in North America.
- Montana--Master Page. PMNS Pres., Terry Brawner and PMNS Curator,
Terry Proctor, have traveled to Eastern Montana
in 2005 and 2006 to dig dinosaur fossils
(and several other states for other fossils
and minerals). From the Montana Master Page
you can go to the Hell Creek Formation page to see some of the dinosaur fossils
and other photos, and information on this
- Nebraska--Master Page. Sight in Western and Northwestern Nebraska.
Click here to go to the Nebraska Bad Lands--This location was near Harrison, Nebraska
in the very Northwestern corner near South
Dakota and Wyoming. We dug Oligocene fossils
and recovered a Titanothere jaw, camel jaw
and many, many other bones, teeth and Oligocene
fossils and artifacts. Click here to see
Oligocene fossils at the Agate Fossil Bed National Monument, Nebraska for Oligocene fossils. Read the article
on this trip "Determination = Big Rewards" from the Articles Master Page.
- North Sulphur River, near Paris, Texas--Great location for many
fossils. Cretaceous Exogyra Ponderosa (giant
prehistoric oyster) and Pleistocene critters
like Mammoths, sharks teeth, and Mosasaurs.
- Pike National Forest--Teller County, Colorado. This National
Forest is located North and a little West
of Florissant, Colorado. The PMNS and HGMS-Paleo
Group dug Amazonite, Smoky Quartz Crystals
and a little bit of Fluorite there in 1999.
We understand it has now virtually been dug
out so there is little left to dig.
- Solenhofen, Germany, Probably the finest fossils on Earth come
from this area. Neither the PMNS nor the
HGMS-Paleo Section has traveled here, but
the importance of this area makes it necessary
to have a page for your review.
- Stone City Formation/Whiskey Bridge, between Bryan and Caldwell on the on Brazos
River--One of the most famous places in Texas
to dig invertebrate fossils (and an occasional
shark's tooth). See links page to the Emerson's
website where you can find much more about
this location. See also the article on a
Stone City Trip.
- Tulsa Spine Hospital, Tulsa County, Oklahoma--310MYBP plant fossils--ferns,
deciduous leaves, annularia, Lepidodendron
tree fossils and other. A wonderfully cooperative
Board of Directors of this new hospital gave
us carte blanc and better. John, their heavy
equipment operator pick 6 dump trucks of
fossil material near a drive were fossils
could be loaded without walking over a few
feet and then stirred the pile to help us
find even more. As one expedition member
stated, in awe, of this unusual cooperation
"this is too easy".
TRIPS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER.
Want to take an interesting trip? Here are some contact sources, placed here
commercial trip vendors, whom you may want
to contact regarding their trips.
Click on the name or link below, to go directly to the vendor's site
for information on trips.
(NOTE: These listings are placed here for
your consideration, at the request of the
trip vendors, who have made a donation to
the museum. Proctor Museum of Natural Science, Inc. does not make any representations, warranties,
or guarantees regarding such trips or the
listings or vendors, nor assume any liability
or responsibility in connection with you
contacting such vendor.)
- Grand Canyon Tour, Visit the Grand Canyon by air, train or
mule and witness some of the greatest natural
rock formations in the world.
Click here to see the Upcoming PMNS Trips.
For Past PMNS Trips, there are several resources.
One is the Articles Master Page, where one or more persons who were on the
trip, wrote it up for an Article, probably
in the HGMS BackBenders Gazette.
Another source are Reports on various trips,
as shown in the Places Log above.
Another is the Trip Reports indexed on the
Trip Reports Master Page.