DVPS takes to the field on a regular basis, visiting sites throughout
Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina,
Maryland, and Canada. The upcoming Field Trips dates are located in the DVPS Calendar and the details for the trips are published in
the newsletter. Some of the sites we visit are:
18 Mile Creek, NY-
A world renowned site on Lake Erie, near Buffalo, Known for the
outstanding preservation of Devonian Period fauna. Pyritized
trilobites are some of the most prized fossils to collect.
St. Clair, PA –
Located north of Pottsville, this Pennsylvanian Period site is known
for its bright white fossilized ferns on black shale. This is the
only site in the world where the plant fossils are white.
Collectors try to dig up big sheets. They are some of the most
beautiful plant fossils to be found.
Aurora, NC –
This Pliocene Period locality has yielded unbelievable quantities of
fossil sharks teeth. Size, color and pristine preservation
separate these from teeth you might find anywhere else. These
teeth along with other fossils of whales, dolphins, seals, birds, and
countless shells has made this a favorite site for over 25 years in the
Ontario Province, Canada
– There are many quarries throughout this Province that has given us an
opportunity for fossils that cannot be found in too many places
throughout North America. Collectors find eurypterids from
Silurian deposits, as well as trilobites and crinoids from Ordovician
deposits. The specimens are exquisite in preservation.
Red Hill, PA –
This Devonian site in central Pennsylvania is one of a kind.
Fossils of large predatory fishes and primitive amphibians and
reptiles have been found here which make it an important scientific
site. DVPS members visit this site and collect many specimens of
armored fish. Members also donate rare finds to the Academy of
Natural Science’s Red Hill Field Station. You are finding very
Little Falls, NY –
Arguably the most beautiful site we collect at. An Ordovician
Period site with some of the most beautiful trilobites to be
found. A day of collecting will usuallly yield several complete
trilobites and cephalopods.
– A variety of Devonian sites in this area have made this a very
popular trip. It is usually held in the Fall to take advantage of
the breathless colors of leaves along the Appalachians.
Deer Lake, PA – Devonian trilobite sites all along Schuylkill County. It’s a short drive from our home base.
– A Cretaceous period stream bed where many shark and fish teeth can be
found. With hip waders, shovels, and screens members enjoy
collecting dinosaur era fossils.
These are just a few of the sites we visit. Many of these sites are just one of several locations we go to over the course of a weekend. These trips vary in length from one to four days. Not all locations are appropriate for all members and there may be some restrictions. Information on upcoming Field Trips is published in the newsletter. All our Field Trips have one thing in common, a good time is had by all!