Each year we take one major trip and some smaller ones. Below is a list of upcoming Field Trips & Travel. If you would like to suggest a location to take a field trip to, please let a board member know. Remember, in order to attend any field trips, digging or not, you must be a current member in good standing.
**We are currently looking for additional field trip committee members. This position would find and plan trips for the club. For more info, see a board member.
KGMS members in good standing (dues must be paid) can participate in collecting field trips.
• If you aren't a KGMS member, you can become one ahead of time or the day of the event.
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 Kim with any questions
Upcoming Field Trips:
Collecting Field Trip - Cheney Limestone Quarry - Bellevue, MI
Sept 12th, 2020 10:30am - 3:00pm
Hosted by KGMS
Location: 9400 Sand Road
Bellevue, MI 49021
Items Found: Fossils, Calcite, Pyrite, Chalcopyrite
Park on the side of the road at the gate and wait for directions.
Please note that long pants, sturdy boots, hard hats and high visibility vests are required for this field trip. Additionally, face masks will be required at the beginning of the day when we are all gathered together.
Field Trip for Mazon Creek concretions, Braceville, IL
Sept. 20th, 2020 8am to 2pm
Hosted by: ESCONI (Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois), Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society
Limited to 20 People, please sign up by September 12, 2020 by emailing me
Location: S. Berta Rd.
Meet at 8 AM at the entrance to the collecting site on S Berta Road, just east of the intersection with Division St (Braceville IL). A nearby landmark for driving directions is the Braceville Gardner Cemetery, 7295 East Braceville Road, Braceville
Items found: Fossils – Over 400 species of flora and fauna fossils
You’re going to be digging in dirt and mud – dress accordingly! You may want to bring a shovel, pickaxe, trowel, or hammer. Use only a rock hammer, not a claw hammer or roofing hammer. If you decide to hammer on something, use eye protection. There may also be insects and poison ivy. Hard hats are not required. Bring a bucket to carry your fossils in. Gloves are strongly recommended. The collecting site is an old spoil pile on private property. There may be old rusty tools or other iron pieces embedded in the pile. Sliding down the hill could be very painful.
The closest hotels are in Morris, which is nearby. There is no exit from I-55 at Braceville. Anyone using I-55 must exit north of Braceville at Coal City, or south at Gardner.
Field Trip to Byholt Quarry, Schoolcraft, MI
Date: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 (rain day Oct 10)
Host:Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society
11360 South 4th Street
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
Click here for Google Maps.
$5 for individuals, $7 for families
Details:The pit may be operational that day so please arrive no more than 15 minutes early, if possible. Park on the side of the road at the gate and wait for directions.
Please note that long pants, sturdy boots, hard hats and high visibility vests are required for this field trip.