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.
Rules:

• 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:

Annual KGMS Trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Subject to show cancellations)

 

Our trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is centered on shows and field trips hosted by local clubs.

 

We understand that everyone has a different schedule. Please feel free to come and leave as you like.

 

Dates August 7, 2022 (Sunday) – Aug 14, 2022 (Sunday)

Host: Copper Country Rock & Mineral Club

Location: Hancock, MI (Copper Country)

Lodging: There are a lot of choices and you may stay where you wish. Most of our members stay at the Hancock City Campground. which includes RV and tent camping. There are also hotels and motels in the area.

Details: Our trip to Copper Country is much less structured than our visit to Iron country. Among the sponsored events are:

Wednesday – The https://quincymine.com/ usually hosts a rock swap

 

Friday through Sunday – Copper Country Rock & Mineral Club Annual Show

 

Cheney Limestone Quarry - Bellevue, MI

September 10th, 2022 10:30am - 3:00pm

Hosted by: Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society
Please email kgmsfieldtrip@gmail.com to let Kim know if you plan to attend

LOCATION: 9400 Sand Road, Bellevue, MI 49021

COST: FREE

WHAT YOU WILL FIND: Fossils, Calcite, Pyrite, Chalcopyrite

DRESS CODE: Long pants, sturdy boots, hard hats and high visibility vests are required for this field trip.

LODGING: Day trip. should not be needed

OTHER NOTES: Park on the side of the road inside the gate and wait for directions

Sylvania Minerals Quarry, South Rockwood, MI

September 24, 2022 (Saturday) 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Hosted by: Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society
Please email kgmsfieldtrip@gmail.com to let Kim know if you plan to attend

LOCATION: Sylvania Minerals,  5699 Ready Road, South Rockwood, MI 48179

COST: FREE

WHAT YOU WILL FIND: Fossils, Celestine, Calcite, Dolomite, Limonite, Pyrite, Magnetite, Quartz, Rutile, Tourmaline, Zircon (valid minerals per mindat)

DRESS CODE: Long pants, sturdy boots, hard hats and high visibility vests are required for this field trip.

LODGING: Day trip. should not be needed

OTHER NOTES: The pit may be operational that day so please arrive no more than 15 minutes early, if possible. Parking is through the gate and down the driveway to the upper parking lot on the left side of the driveway. Please be aware of the trucks entering and leaving the complex. We will meet in the parking area and wait for directions from there.

Byholt Quarry, Schoolcraft, MI

Oct 1, 2022 (Saturday) (rain day Oct 8)  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Hosted by: Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society
Please email kgmsfieldtrip@gmail.com  to let Kim know if you plan to attend

LOCATION: Byholt Quarry, 11360 South 4th Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087

Google Maps  https://web.archive.org/web/20201202024136/https://www.google.com/maps/place/Byholt+Gravel/@42.155016,-85.7272244,17.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb279d35d93c93bba!8m2!3d42.1550446!4d-85.7259908

COST: $5 for individuals, $7 for families

WHAT YOU WILL FIND: Petoskey Stone, Septaria, Pudding Stone, glacial rocks

DRESS CODE: Long pants, sturdy boots, hard hats and high visibility vests are required for this field trip. 

LODGING: Day trip. should not be needed

OTHER NOTES: 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.