Field Trips

Please see the Newsletter for the latest information on field trips.

Saturday October 31--Burkesville Area, Ft. Payne, Lower Carboniferous (Mississippian) Fossils

On Saturday, October 31 at 11 am (10 am Central Time) we are meeting at Jones Restaurant 225 North Main Street, Burkesville, Kentucky. This is an approximately 2 1/2 hour drive from the Lexington area. After a quick breakfast, we will be collecting in the Ft. Payne Formation in the area. The Ft. Payne often contains fossil bioherms with abundant crinoid stems. You will need eye protection, a rock hammer, and containers for specimens. We will be visiting some of the outcrops detailed in this Geological Society of Kentucky Guidebook:


Saturday November 7--Hazard Area, Breathitt Group, Four Corners Formation plant fossils and Magoffin Shale marine fossils

On Saturday, November 7 at 11 am we are meeting at the Wendy's located on Highway 80, approximately 1 mile west of the intersection of Highway 80 and KY 15. Please be on time. Bring eye protection, a rock hammer, and containers for specimens (flat boxes are best for the plant fossils, as they are in soft shale). Also, bring a can of inexpensive hair spray containing lacquer, such as AquaNet. The plant fossils must be coated with hair spray soon after collecting as they will dry out and crumble without treatment. After collecting plant fossils, we will be visiting outcrops of Magoffin Shale that have abundant marine fossils.