Registration PaleoJoe’s Beginner Family Fossil Digs
If you, your family, or small group are interested in a Paleo Dig, you’ve come to the right place. Over the last ten years, PaleoJoe has led numerous fossil expeditions to fossil-rich areas around Michigan, Northern Ohio, and Western New York.
Finding Fossils is GUARANTEED!
The sites are extremely fossil-rich.
Trip consists of visits to several Alpena area sites. The sites have lots of fossils to discover.
Students will learn dig site etiquette, tools of the trade, dig site safety, how to find and identify fossils, proper digging techniques, history of the area where they will dig, and much more!
The deposits searched are Devonian in age. Primarily looking for ancient Marine Invertebrates. – Sorry, no dinosaurs or Mastodons. All fossils are Marine Invertebrates that are around 365 Million years old.
Weekend Digs during June, July, & August. Availability of weekday Digs varies.
Participants may keep ONLY up to 25 pounds of rock and fossils per person PER YEAR.
PRICE: $95.00 PER VEHICLE
AVAILABILITY: 10 SLOTS AVAILABLE Per Dig Date
Registration for Digs for 2020 Is Now Open
I am doing things a bit differently this year. Cost for the digs remains at $ 95.00 per carload. I am restricted by number of cars I can bring into the quarry.
We will be doing 3 different types of digs,
1. ROCKPORT ONLY dig – This one will be exclusively in the Rockport quarry. It will be a little bit of a hiker. We will traverse the quarry going to several locations within the quarry to find varied fauna that can be found in different locations and horizons. We will find corals, brachiopods, stromatopora, crinoid stems and hopefully everyone will find a rare tentaculites as well. Again this is a HIKER you will need to be aware and for this one no small (under 8 or 9 years old) children, unless they will be able to spend the day in the quarry walking from one location to another.
2. THREE SITES DIG This one will be the one I generally do with all beginners. We stop at 3 different locations around Alpena to dig in the fossil rich Potter Farm Formation and then the Rockport Limestone in Rockport Quarry.
3. Finally TWO CITIES DIG. We will begin in the Alpena area but then drive approximately 23 miles north to the Carmuese quarry in Rogers City to dig in the clay sediment in the Rogers City Limestone formation.
Here below are the dates for each one of the digs they are;
May 9th Two Cities Dig. Rogers City and Alpena
May 30th Three Sites Dig
June 20th Two Cities Dig. Rogers City and Alpena
June 27th Rockport Only
July 11th Three Sites Dig
July 25th Rockport Only
Aug 8th Three Sites Dig
Please register for the dig online.
Once digs are full email me to be added to the waiting list.