Information, location, details and pictures from PMNS Trips & Places


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 = 310,000,000)

  1. 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.
  2. Arkansas Quartz--noted for the World's best Quartz and also diamonds.
  3. Brownwood Lake, Texas--Pennsylvanian Archaeocidaris sp. of spiny sea urchins, Crinoids and other marine life.
  4. Cebu, Philippines--home of the probably the World's loveliest sea shells
  5. Como Bluff, Wyoming--Morrison formation. One of the original places to dig for dinosaurs.
  6. Corregidor, Philippines--Where the U.S. & Filipino troops made a valiant stand in WWII--interesting rock & other things.
  7. Douglas Pass, Colorado--Eocene leaf and some insect fossils, near the Radome just off Colorado Highway.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Little White Rock River, Trinity, Texas--Late Eocene petrified wood.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 formation.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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".


Want to take an interesting trip? Here are some contact sources, placed here by
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.)

  1. 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.