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.
• 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:
Austin Sand & Gravel - CANCELLED!
June 15, 2019 (Saturday) 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
6375 K Avenue, Comstock, MI
Cost – No fee
DIG YOUR OWN BLUE KYANITE AT FANTASIA'S JUSTICE KYANITE DEPOSIT
Come dig your own beautiful blue Kyanite blades right out of the ground just like the old time prospectors! Our Justice Kyanite deposit is located on over 100 acres of Fantasia's privately owned land. All mining at this dig will be done with hand tools only, and you will need to bring your own shovels, screens, or any other tools you would like to use. Enjoy the feeling of being the first person to see these kyanite blades since Mother Nature formed them in the Earth. There is a small stream on the property with water you can use to rinse the stones you dig to help see the beautiful kyanite right in the matrix. Keep everything you dig!
* Location: 599 Browntown Rd, Prospect VA 23960
* Dates: June 15-16, 2019
* Times: 10 AM until dark each day
* Lodging: Hotels are available in Farmville, VA or in Appomattox, VA. In addition you may camp out on our 101+ acres of kyanite rich land at no extra charge during this dig (motor homes and tents welcome!) If you want to start a camp fire or bon fire on our property, cook hot dogs, marshmallows, or just relax at night you are welcome to do so but MUST have a working fire extinguisher for safety.
* Amenities: The land is completely undeveloped and there is NO running water, NO bathrooms, or any other modern conveniences on site.
* Free Tailgate Rock Swap: If you are looking to sell any stones feel free to bring them and you are welcome to set up shop out of your trunk or bring a table and set up anywhere you like. We don't charge for this and hope people will just enjoy seeing what other rockhounds have available. We will be bringing some stones from our other mines across the USA and Mexico which will also be for sale, and look forward to seeing all the specimens others bring from mines around the world.
Cost per rockhound:
Adults - Only $10.00 per adult for both days
Tweens and Teens (Ages 10-17) - only $5.00 for both days
Our younger rockhounds under 10 years old dig for free!
To help us get an advance head count please RSVP by posting or sending a private message if you know for certain you will be attending. The RSVP is not required and if you aren't sure you can make it until the day of the dig feel free to just show up! This RSVP request is just a courtesy to us so we know around how many people to expect.
We ask that everyone cleans up after themselves and that no litter is left on the property. As long as the land is respected, no one disturbs the neighbors, or causes any issues, we will be doing this every summer! While there is nothing unsafe we are aware of on the property, everyone will be required to sign a liability waiver when first arriving.
** The mine owners reserve the right to ask anyone to leave for any reason **
Our Annual Trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
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.
August 2, 2019(Friday) – Aug 4, 2019 (Sunday)
Ishpeming Rock & Mineral Club
Ishpeming, MI (Iron Country)
There are a lot of choices and you may stay where you wish. Most of our members stay at the Country Village Resort, which includes multiple accommodation levels: tent, RV, cabin and hotel
The Ishpeming club’s schedule typically consists of:
Friday morning – a field trip to the Republic Mine for specular hematite and banded iron formation
Saturday – their show
Sunday – a field trip to the Lindbergh quarry for Kona dolomite
The Ishpeming club’s web site provides all of the information
Note: On Thursday, we will get together for a 6:30 PM kick-off dinner at the Jasper Ridge Brewery which is located in the Country Village Resort.
Additionally, some club members will be going to Houghton, MI on Sunday, August 4, 2019 – Sunday, August 11, 2019 for collecting and Houghton’s rock show. Many stay at the Hancock Recreation Area Campground ( http://www.cityofhancock.com/recreation-beach-campground.php ). Houghton’s show is August 9th – 11th so you may choose to stay for the entire show or leave anytime during the week. We don’t have a specific schedule during that week, however, if you are interested in doing any of the organized field trips the Houghton club is offering, you will need to register with the club in advance. ( http://ccrmc.info/ )
Field Trip to Bedford, IN Geode and Fossil Hunting
11:00 AM –Saturday, June 22, 2019 for Geodes
Noon Sunday, June 23, 2019 for Fossils
(no specific ending time)
Stateline Geological & Mineral Society
We Will meet at the Farmer’s gas station at 6124 US Highway 50 E, Bedford, IN 47421 at the intersection of Hwy 50 and State Road 446 on Saturday
We Will meet at Pop’s Diner, 4980 W Old State Road 46, Greensburg, Indiana 47240 at the intersection of 46 and 3 on Sunday
On Sunday we will also have a gold panning demonstration by the owner of the property and he is allowing us to do some prospecting that day. If you have any gold panning equipment you can bring it with you.
Please note that you will be walking in water on stone so you may want to wear water shoes or waders and apparel that can be wet.
Additionally, the Lawrence County Rock Club will be hosting their 54th annual Gem, Mineral, and Fossil show that weekend at the Lawrence County fairgrounds (just south of Bedford) if you want to attend the show. Details here: http://www.lawrencecountyrockclub.org/rockshow.html
Field Trip to Cheney Limestone Company, Bellevue, MI
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM Saturday, September 7, 2019
Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society
Cheney Limestone Company
9400 Sand Road
Bellevue, MI 49021
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.