FIELD TRIPS ARE OPEN TO PAID NOJMS MEMBERS ONLY. You must be a paid member in good standing to attend our field trips.
All attending will be required to sign a liability release/hold harmless agreement for the club in order to participate.
Safety is the #1 priority on all field trips!
Club Members: If you are interested in attending any trip, handouts will be available at the club meeting the month before the scheduled date. If you are unable to attend the club meeting, you may e-mail our NoJMS Tripmaster Jeff for details, time and meeting place!
Please note: Some locations are remote and do not have cell phone service. Please plan accordingly.
IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING A TRIP-
NOTE: Emergency calcellations or changes may be necessary due to weather or other circumstances. Notifications will be posted here, and e-mails will be sent out to all club members, if these changes are necessary, by 7pm the night before the trip is scheduled. Be sure to check this web site for last-minute information before heading out for the trip!
FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE
Sat. June 29 - Big Brook for Sharks Teeth. Meet at the Cheesequake Service Area on the Garden State Parkway, at the south end of the lot, near the gas station, at 8am. We leave from there at 8:30 SHARP!! Bring shovel, sifter, ziploc bags, food, drink, old shoes to get very wet.
Sat. Sept. 21 - NoJMS Day at Sterling Hill. Collecting and Picnic as well as tours of the museum, mine, and NEW for 2013 - UPPER MILL and CONVEYOR TOUR!! (Joint event with Delaware Valley Earth Sciences Society - DVESS) Meet at the pavillion at 9:00 am.
Fall Trips - Dates/Times to be announced:
October/November - Amity, NY, The Rhein Property (2 trips-2 days)(Date TBA)
November-December - Montague Quartz Crystal Site and Trilobite Ridge, Montague, NJ for Quartz Xls & Fossils (Date TBA)
Details for these trips will be available at the club meeting before each trip. If you can not attend the meeting, E-Mail Jeff for details, meet-up time, etc.
PAST FIELD TRIP REPORTS
June 8, 2013 - 12 club members participated in our field trip to National Limestone Quarry in Mt.Pleasant Mills, Pa. The weather was picture perfect, about 72 degrees and partly cloudy, which made for optimal collecting conditions in the quarry. Eric Stahl, owner, had his crew blast some new material for us, as well as move some recent rockfalls away from the highwall so that we could pick over the piles, out of harm's way. Some incredible specimens were recovered in the main pit, as well as from the wavellite outcrop at the top of the quarry. This year, an abundance of great brachiopod fossils were pulled from the top pit, as well as turquoise and lots of wavellites. Some great pockets and plates of calcites, strontianites, and fluorites were recovered from the lower pits. Many of the calcite vugs recovered fluoresced a bright pale yellow. Member Frank Stanski found a wonderful vug of calcite coated with several blooms of strontianite crystals. Dan Irwin recovered a beautiful vug of calcites about the size of a basketball. After 5 hours of collecting fun, we drove to club member Jim VanFleet's home, a few towns away, for a garage treasure hunt, where many great Franklin Fluorescent specimens were taken home by happy members, an amazing tour of Jim's collection of Franklin Fluorescents in "The Cellar", as well as some superb Bar-B-Que being provided by Jim and his wife. We thank them for their gracious hospitality in welcoming club members into their home for the second year in a row. This was a banner day and an exciting and fun trip for all. Members in attendance: Jeff Wilson (Tripmaster), Bob Allen, George Mack, Alaine Mack, Sara Mazza, Bill Archer, Frank Stanski, Mike Machette, Dan Irwin, Steve Wein, Rolf Schudel, and Dave Shapiro.
NoJMS Members in front of the High Wall at National Limestone Quarry, June 8, 2013
Members break apart boulders in search of vugs of calcite and strontianite crystals.
Sept. 22, 2012 - We held our annual picnic/collecting trip to Sterling Hill Mining Museum. The weather was cool and windy, with some breaks of sun. Approx. 35 members attended the festivities. The day began with the presentation of the EFMLS Convention awards to President Ron Schulz, and distribution of some Pennsylvania Mineral posters printed by the Central Pennsylvania Rock and Mineral Club. We then discussed some future endeavors, and enjoyed some light swapping/selling. This was followed by a mine & museum tour, and then some good Bar-b-Que, wrapping up with some collecting in the mine dumps and pits. Chef Jeff was the grillmaster this time around, and the mine tour was led by the Sterling Hill Mine Master, Dick Hauck!! Some very nice specimens were collected by members and everyone great time!
June 23, 2012 - 26 fossil enthusiasts attended our annual Big Brook Field Trip. The weather was gorgeous! The stream conditions were ideal for collecting and this large and enthusiastic group had a great time! Another area mineral club was invited to join us on our fossil hunt today. Our group for this trip consisted of 13 members from NoJMS, and another 13 members of the Mid-Hudson Valley (Poughkeepsie) Gem & Mineral Society. Derek Yoost was our guide as we searched the gravel bars for fossilized shark's teeth and other treasures. During last year's trip, we collected a gravel bar approx. 1/4 mile upstream from the Boundary Road bridge. Because of the hurricane last August, the stream has been completely "redesigned" and the gravel bars that were located in one place before the storm, are now located hundreds of yards away. So, after some exploration and experimentation, a nice stretch of gravel was located and collecting began. Many teeth were collected today, as well as bone fragments and belemites, and, as a big surprise, 2 complete and near perfect indian arrowheads were found in the brook as well! Everyone left with big smiles on their faces. Attending NoJMS members were: Jeff Wilson (Tripmaster), Derek Yoost (Our Faithful Guide), Mike Machette, Diana Tasco, Johnathan Spieglas, David Spieglas, Phyliss Spieglas, Ray Harmon, Frank Arrojado, Glenn Orzepowski, Steve Wein, Li-Wan Chia, Dave Shapiro, and MHVGMS members: The Pahucki Family, Ernesto and Matthew Martinez, April DeYoung, Doug Stuart, Devin & Maria Kren, Marion Jackson, and Willie Stedner.
Our big group decended into Big Brook on this beautiful sunny day in search of shark teeth and other fossil goodies!
Derek Yoost explains how to sift and collect teeth
Group members can be seen as far as the eye can see down the brook!
A junior member sitting comfortably in the water with a screen full of gravel to search through.
June 2, 2012 - 20 NoJMS members and 2 Junior members attended our field trip to National Limestone Quarry in Mount Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania, just north of Harrisburg. The trip took 2 hours and 40 minutes and was worth every mile! The weather was spectacular, partly cloudy and 70 degrees, and the collecting was great. After a safety meeting and "orientation", we were allowed full access to the entire quarry property. Jim VanFleet showed members different areas to find the different minerals. The variety of minerals and fossils made the collecting very interesting. On one side of the property was an exposure where numerous marine fossils were found right alongside veins of rich green wavellite. Members found many excellent wavellite specimens. Many specimens had the fossils and wavellite right on the same specimen! In the main pit of the quarry, calcite and quartz was found, and in front, collectors found strontianite, large double-terminated calcite crystals, calcite xl plates, deep purple fluorite and quartz crystals. After collecting ended, we left the quarry and proceeded to nearby Mifflinburg, where Jim VanFleet graciously hosted a club bar-b-que picnic, a mineral display of some of his collection, and a special "garage collecting trip" where members were allowed to pick from numerous crates of his Franklin Mineral Collection and bring home whatever they wanted!!! What a memorable day it was, especially since it will be the last time any club will have access to this unique and special place. Attending were: Jeff Wilson - Tripmaster, Jim VanFleet - Host, Ron Schulz, Bryan Davis, Laura Brecka, Jess Jacobsen, Gary Muldovany, Donna Miller, Pat Hintz, Bob Allen, Bob Santee, Stan Shapiro, Dave Shapiro, Steve Wien, Charles Gaglio, Ken St. John and his 2 children, Steven Kowalski, Arthur Kowalsus, James Currie,and Sam Linton.
Jim VanFleet explains what to look for with some gorgeous country scenery as a backdrop.
Bryan Davis and Bob Santee explore one of many rock piles filled with mineral rich boulders as Chuck Gaglio takes a break from collecting.
The Muldovany's working yet another pile of mineral-rich boulders.
There were rock piles everywhere to be explored. Here, NoJMS members look for minerals in a large pile near the main gate.
On the mountainside behind the quarry is the wavellite/fossil exposure where members could drive right to the collecting spot and break open boulders loaded with marine fossils and veins of green wavellite.
Club members Sam Linton, Ron Schulz, Laura Brecka, Dave Shapiro, Bryan Davis and Chuck Gaglio socialize after a great meal served up by Jim VanFleet.
Club members got to go "Garage Collecting" at Jim's house! Here, Bob Santee, Stan Shapiro and Donna Miller search for specimens. Jim put out dozens and dozens of flats of minerals for members to "collect" from!!! Jim also set up a great mineral display inside his home for members to enjoy.
Bryan Davis, Ron Schulz and Jim Van Fleet relax in the shade and ID some minerals on this AWESOME day in Pennsylvania!!!
A SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to Jim VanFleet for providing NoJMS with not only a great collecting venue, genuine hospitality, and a darn good time at his home.
May 5, 2012 - 27 NOJMS members attended a field trip to Amity, NY. The weather was cloudy and about 65 degrees, which made for perfect collecting conditions. Glenn Rhein graciously opened his property in Amity, NY to our club for a fun and exciting day of exploring and collecting a variety of minerals, including some exceptional flourescents found only in this location. Members were allowed to explore the Rhein property, and, depending on where you were, various groups of minerals could be collected. Glenn set up a darkroom in his garage and helped identify the numerous mineral species found by members. Collected today were Ruby Spinel, Fluoredenite, Tremolite, Scapolite, Titanite, Spinel, Pargasite, Diopside, and numerous other minerals. We had 3 new members join and attend as well as a few of our junior members! Attendees were: Jeff Wilson (Tripmaster), The Wien Family, Frank Arrojado, Stan Shapiro, Bob Santee, Bob Allen, Andy Abdul, Al VanErde, Bill Archer, Mike Machette, David Shapiro, Glenn Salsbury, Jim VanFleet, Emil Marin, Gary & Heather Muldovany, Rolf Schudel, Petra Chirco, Ken St.John, Suzi Campbell, Charles Gaglio, Anthony Lichota, Gordon Czop, Olivia Huang.
Glenn Rhein gives the crowd some helpful hints and some guidelines to make the collecting day a great one! Glenn shows examples of minerals that can be found, right on his rock wall.
Eager NOJMS members head into the woods looking for some of those famous and beautiful Amity minerals!
David Shapiro taking swings at the boulder as Bob Santee examines a find.
Glenn Rhein(R) explains a mineral to a member as Jim VanFleet looks on.
Rolf Schudel heads back to get more tools as Gary Muldovany and several other members examine various minerals.
Closely examining and documenting mineral finds is very important as Suzie Campbell(R) and Heather Muldovany(L) are doing here.
Mar. 17, 2012 - 4 NOJMS club members attended a volunteer clean up of the trailhead and path leading to the Montague Quartz Crystal site. This effort was started on MinDat By David Bernstein, a concerned Rockhound, and of course, NoJMS was glad to pitch in! 6 55-gal. bags of garbage were collected and the area looks pristine afterwards. Thanks to all who helped!! Then, of course, we collected quartz crystals for a couple of hours afterward. Attending NoJMS members were Jeff Wilson, Gary Muldovany, Petra Chirco and Charles Gaglia.
NoJMS members Jeff Wilson and Gary Moldovany taking a breather alongside bags loaded with litter along Rt.23. Photo by David Bernstein.
March 14, 2012 - 4 NOJMS members who missed the original Trilobite Ridge field trip in November, went to Trilobite Ridge in Montague for some fossil collecting. Some very nice specimens were collected and a great time was had. Attending were: Bob Allen, Bob Santee, Ralph Dames, and Jeff Wilson
NoJMS members on Trilobite Ridge with High Point Monument in the background
Bob Santee working to free a Trilobite from its rocky home
Bob Allen shows us a nice Trilo Fossil he unearthed along the ridge.
2 slabs just chock-full of fossils unearthed by Bob Santee
A superb Trilobite fossil unearthed by Bob Santee
November 5 & 6, 2011 - Sussex County Geology Weekend! 2 seperate field trips organized and attended by members of 2 different NJ Clubs ended up being one of the most enjoyable and successful field trip weekends in North Jersey in a very long time! We were greeted with chilly but spectacular weather and large turnouts of eager rockhounds, just itching for something NEW and they were rewarded with 2 superb field trips! The Franklin Geology Tour led by Earl Verbeek and hosted by FOMS was attended by over 30 people, and the Montague Day field trip was led by Jeff Wilson and hosted by NoJMS and was attended by 21 members!!
Part 1 of the weekend started off bright and early Saturday morning with a meeting and group photo at the Franklin Mineral Museum. The caravan then headed to stop #1, the Emerald Road road cut in Hamburg, NJ where Dr. Verbeek explained the connections of the various geologic formations and pointed out some interesting mineralization, including vugs of quartz, calcite, and other minerals. Some of the group collected small specimens from this location.
Dr. Verbeek describing the geology of the Emerald Road rock cut.
We then headed down Wheatsworth Road to stop #2 in the Ballyowen Development where we saw what is "the best preserved Stromatolite fossil exposure in the world". Dr. Verbeek explained how this bedding plane became exposed and how glaciers had a great deal to do with the exposures in the area.
The world famous and totally INCREDIBLE Hamburg, NJ Stromatolite exposure.
Dr. Verbeek explaining the world of Stromatolites.
The tour group exploring the glacial scour on the rocks adjascent to the Stromatolite exposure. Can anyone correctly pronounce the word "Oolites"?
The last stop of the tour brought us to the McAfee section of Vernon Township, and 2 old stone quarries. We explored the minerology of the area and saw some amazing solution caves that were formed in the rock.
Bob Allen grills Earl about the dikes and veins on the rockface behind him as Sarna Strom, Ron Schulz, Andy Abdul, Mike Pierce, and others look on.
NoJMS members who attended the Franklin Tour: Jeff Wilson, Ron Schulz, Bryan Davis, Sarna Strom, Bob Allen, Barry Clark, Kay Clark, and Andy Abdul, along with about 20 FOMS members.
After the saturday evening Franklin UV dig, everyone got a well-deserved extra hour of sleep, and then on Sunday, we headed to part 2 of the Sussex County Geology tour, a trip to 2 famous sites in Montague, "The TOP of New Jersey".
After the day's meet-up and photo session, we headed towards stop #1, which is the Montague Quartz crystal site.
Some of the early arrivals pose at the Montague welcome sign. This portion of the trip was attended by a total of 21 club members, by far, our best and biggest field trip yet!
After a beautiful hike along Mill Creek to get to the quartz site, as well as a few points of interest stops, the group arrived ready to collect at the crystal location. After navigating the mountain, the club members had a blast digging around for those lovely Jersey gems, while being treated to some incredible fall scenery. We shared a lot of laughs, crystals, and some light-hearted diggs as the group sifted through the mountain's quartz deposit.
Mike Machette sticks his head up out of a hole as other club members get to the top.
Everyons collected plenty of quartz this sunny morning. The prize of the morning definitely went to Ron Schulz who found a free-floating, twinned, double-terminated water-clear quartz crystal (a "Mont").
Another feature of interest at the quartz site is a well preserved, spare-tire sized Ammonite fossil, precariously perched on a small ledge just above the crystal ledge.
The Montague Ammonite was first discovered by Andy Givens in early 2011. Unfortunately, it is in seroius danger of being ruined due to rock falls and crumbling. Photographing this incredible fossil is now really the only way to preserve it for the future.
After a loud, boisterous and FUN couple of hours crystal collecting, we broke for lunch and then headed for the afternoon's feature, stop #2, Trilobite Ridge.
A group photo of many of our fossil hunters on Trilobite Ridge.
After a few hours of some intense fossil hunting, several very nice fossils were found, and everyone came out with smiles on their faces and specimens in their buckets! The big winners in the Trilobite hunt were Bryan Davis, who found some very nice multi-trilo specimens, and Jess Jacobsen who found a monster Trilo tail 100% intact, as well as numerous specimens of fossilized coral from the coral reef exposure.
A group of tuckered-out collectors can still muster up smiles after a long day of collecting up in the North West Corner!!
This was, by far, one of the most amazing weekends of geology we have seen in a very long time. Maybe with NOJMS and FOMS blazing new trails in the future, we can all experience more new and exciting adventures exploring the state we all call home, NEW Jersey!!!
Club members who attended the Montague portion of the weekend trip:
Jeff Wilson, Dave Shapiro, Laura Brecka, Petra Chirco, Peter Karas, Jason Baskin, Bryan Davis, Andy Abdul, Arlene Castleman, Barry Clark, Kay Clark, Rick Barr, Mike Machette, Dave Matthews, Jim Currie, Sarna Strom, Jess Jacobsen, Herschel Friedman, Eric Stanchich, and club president and V.I.P., Ron Schulz.
Thanks to all who attended both trips for a fine weekend of fun and fellowship!
Oct. 15, 2011 - Our annual picnic at Sterling Hill Mine -
Around 35 club members enjoyed a day of food and minerals at the 2011 Club Picnic at Sterling Hill Mine. The weather was mostly cloudy and windy with that autumn chill in the air, but everyone enjoyed the BBQ and the morning museum & mine tour. Ron Schulz was again our chef and Ron from Sterling Hill was again our tour guide! Members also had a ball collecting during the afternoon in the worldwide minerals pile in the Mine Run, as many fresh specimens, including dozens of unopened geodes were available for us to pick through! Much time was spent by members cracking open every last geode in the pile! Many beautiful flourescent geodes were opened as well as several "star" geodes which produced a superb flourescent star pattern when held under SW UV light! Also found in the Mine Run Dump in the afternoon, were numerous specimens of bright white Sterling Hill hemimorphite, graciously deposited there by the staff for us to "find"! Members were also seen collecting in all 3 pits in the mine. A fun day was had by all who attended. Oh yeah, and NO BEES!!!
Ron, our tour guide, prepares to take the group into the mine adit. A boy scout troop was invited to join us for this fun event!
Club member Laura B. smiles when she sees what is waiting for her on the grill! Veggie burgers! YUM!!!
Arlene heads to her table with some Poland Spring while Bryan, Mark and Bob check out the beverage selection.
Club members listen as tour guide Ron explains the 2-seater in the Mine Museum
Bob Horn tries to decide if he likes the new Guarana soda, while Mike Machette tries to talk him into taking another sip...
Overall a super day at Sterling Hill!!
June 25, 2011 - NOJMS trip to Big Brook - 7 club members attended this trip. It was an awesome day and the weather could not have been any better! Even after heavy rains the week before, the brook was not running high, and collecting was easy! Sharks teeth were plentiful this fine day! Derek collected over 160, Mike M. over 90, and Jeff got 61.(We were the nerds who actually counted ours) The other members who attended also went home with their baggies full! It was a fun day for all and well worth the trip!
NOJMS members enjoying a great day in Big Brook. L to R are : Jeff Wilson, Alex Paulino, Bob Allen, Mike Farrell, Mike Machette, Dave Matthews and Derek Yoost.
Jeff and Mike hamming it up with a little tooth humor...
Club member Dave Matthews hard at work scouring for shark teeth
Alex, Mike and Derek working the stream bed
Bob Allen examining his screen for teeth
The find of the day! Mike Machette shows off his Mosasaur tooth, a very rare find in Big Brook!
Jeff's finds! That's a whole plate o'teeth!!
May 20, 2011 - Jeff Wilson, Ron Schulz, Bryan Davis and Mike Machette were invited to attend a private UV night dig at the Rhein property in Amity, NY (just north of the NJ State line). I felt it was noteworthy to post a report in this section because we were all NOJMS club members and this was an amazing and unusual trip! The property owner, Glenn Rhein was gracious enough to allow us to collect for several hours at night by UV lamp on his property. We were very successful in collecting many fine representative flourescent specimens from this historic and unusual location. The property lies directly over a contact zone between the country granite and Franklin marble, and the mineral assemblages being found every day here are extraordinary to say the least. His home is like a mineral museum and as impressive as the daylight minerals are, the UV flourescent specimens are equally as impressive. We had a great collecting trip. Thank You, Glenn for being such a gracious host! A show-and-tell of these specimens was set up at the June meeting and samples were given to all members attending!
May 14, 2011 - 8 club members attended the field trip to Carbondale, Pa. to collect fossil ferns, calamites, and swamp grasses at the old Carbondale strip mine. Plenty of fossils were found by all! Fern fossils were a bit more scarce this trip, but the enormous calamites and grass frons that were found well made up for it. Also found were some interesting stone and iron nodule inclusions in the shale that were quite unusual for this location. Bob Allen found one exceptional iron nodule that was the size of an egg, and Andy A. found an even larger one! Then all of us went to the Lackawanna Coal Mine in Scranton for an underground tour of an actual coal mine. The tour was enjoyable and very informative. We only had one quick shower around noon time, otherwise the weather was just overcast and cool. Attending the trip were: Jeff Wilson, Ron Schulz, Mike Machette, Bob Allen, Andy Abdul, Arlene Castleman, Bob Endres, and Esther Endres.
Club members arrive and prepare to collect in the mine tailings. Note: The huge pile behind the trees is where we collected! The mine spoils pile is approx 50 feet tall, 1200 feet wide and 150 feet deep!
Andy, Arlene and Bob bringing down full buckets of specimens!
Bob Allen, Andy Abdul, Arlene Castleman, Esther Endres, Bob Endres, Mike Machette, Ron Schulz, and trip leader Jeff Wilson at the Carbondale collecting site.
NoJMS members preparing to enter the coal mine!!
Mike M., Ron S., Arlene C.,and Bob A. in the "ManCar" being lowered in reverse into the adit of the coal mine.
Deep in the coal mine. Not much headroom!
11/13/2010 - Several club members had visited the Saint Clair, Pa. fern fossil site during the fall of 2010. One such trip took Bob Allen and Bob Santee to this wonderful collecting location. Bob and Bob collected plenty of these fine fern fossils on this day. They even met the property owner who was gracious enough to assist the guys in hauling their finds to the parking area.
Here is Bob Santee prying apart some shale to find some of those great white ferns. The frens are from the Llewellyn formation and were deposited during the Pennsylvanian period. As the sediments built up on the floor of the swamp where they settled, the plant fibers were slowly replaced by pyrite, which was then replaced by pyrophyllite over time, giving them their trademark white appearance. There are 4 known fern species found at this location: alethopteris, neuropteris, pecopteris, and sphenophyllum.
Here is Bob Allen prying up some specimens to take home.
Below is a nice example of the fern fossils found.
At this site, the fossils are literally laying all over the ground. You quickly learn that you need to be selective in what you take back because there is just so much there!
10/9/2010 - Club Annual Picnic and Field Trip to Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ. Beautiful weather greeted us this day and the mine tour was great as always. The museum displays were outstanding, and the new displays they added were even better. Collecting was very good as the club was invited to collect in all of the pits as well as the mine run dump. Some chose just to relax and enjoy the day under the pavillion and others spent much of the day gathering some great flourescent specimens. We had very good food, prepared by our chef Ron with some much appreciated help from a couple fellow members. About 30 members attended this fun day. Sorry, no photos from this event...
5/10/2009. Several members went to Central New Jersey to collect shark teeth and fossils at Big Brook. Many great fossils and sharks teeth were uncovered. A fun time was had by all who attended.
Quartz Crystal, Montague, NJ