All 2020 MMC Field Trips are canceled, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Any changes to this policy will be communicated here, on Facebook, and in our newsletter.

 

Field Trips are one of the most important benefits of Club membership and one of our most popular features. They combine the joy of discovery with hands-on education. Many trips are suitable for children (although not all–each individual trip will list the age range that is allowed).

Every MMC field trip participant MUST agree to and abide by the following requirements:
  • MMC field trips are for the benefit of and are strictly limited to current Minnesota Mineral Club members. In the case of a single member, this means that individual only. Guests are not allowed. In the case of a family, this means the one or two adult members within one household and any minor children under their guardianship. Grandchildren do not qualify unless the grandparents are the legal guardians. Again, guests are not allowed.
  • EVERY field trip participant MUST sign a MMC Field Trip Release Form (click to open) and either send it to the Field Trip Leader ahead of time or deliver it to the Field Trip Leader at the designated field trip meeting point.
  • EVERY field trip participant MUST also sign a Field Trip Code of Ethics Release (click to open) and either send it to the Field Trip Leader ahead of time or deliver it to the Field Trip Leader at the designated field trip meeting point.
  • Print and sign a Release for Use of Images (click to open) if there are minor children with you and either send it to the Field Trip Leader ahead of time or deliver it to the Field Trip Leader at the designated field trip meeting point.

For 2020, we will use this web site’s event manager to sign up for field trips.  You must sign in with your username and password before you sign up to each Field Trip Event. These events will show up on your personal pages as events that you have signed up for.

Since we have a high demand for field trips, please cancel your slot if you can not make the field trip you are signed up for.  We don’t have waiting lists so it is first come first served.  Also, depending on member interest some trips may be cancelled and others added. We will post updates as more information is received.

Field Trip Leaders – Please see the MMC Field Trip Checklist rev Mar 2018 (click to open) 

Participants – After you have completed a club field trip please fill out the MMC Field Trip Survey (click to open)

This is the Public Field Trip page.  Members should use the more detailed Members Only Field Trip page to sign up for trips and to get more detailed information on each trip.

2020 Field Trip Details

Mt. Ida Arkansas Crystal Mining Field Trip

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

TRIP LEADER(S): See members only field trip page

TRIP DESCRIPTION: Two days of collecting Quartz Crystals and a third day of collecting Diamonds at Craters of Diamonds State park.

TYPE OF MINERAL/ROCK COLLECTED: Quartz Crystals, diamonds, and more.

Graves Mountain Rock Swap & Dig Field Trip

Canceled Due to coronavirus

Friday, April 24th, 2020 – 7am to 6pm at Graves Mountain

Saturday, April 25th, 2020 – 7am to 6pm at Graves Mountain

Sunday, April 26th, 2020 – 8am to 5pm at TBD

Trip Leader: See members only field trip page

Two days of collecting a huge variety of minerals at Graves Mountain near Lincolnton, GA, and a third day of collecting at one of three crystal mines (to be determined) within 30-60 minutes of Lincolnton.

There are three main rock types here: quartz-sericite schist, sericite-kyanite-quartz rock (quartzite) and quartz conglomerate. You may still be able to collect rutile, kyanite, lazulite, iridescent hematite, pyrophyllite, pyrite, ilmenite, muscovite, fuchsite, barite, sulfur, blue quartz and quartz crystals with a hematite coating.

Get Pickin Field Trip

Canceled Due to coronavirus

Date and Time: May 31st, 2020

Trip Leader: See members only field trip page

Dig in large piles of local gravel that contains Lake Superior Agates

Material collecting: Mostly Lake Superior Agates, Quartz, Jasper and some Fossils

Staurolite Field Trip

Canceled Due to coronavirus

Sunday, September 20th, 2020 

TRIP LEADER: See members only field trip page

We are going to be collecting staurolite along the shoreline of the Mississippi River

TYPE OF MINERAL/ROCK COLLECTED:  Staurolite

Iowa Fossils Field Trip

Canceled Due to coronavirus

Sept 20th, 2020

Trip Leader: See members only field trip page

This is a fun fossil collecting site for kids and adults alike.

Type of Mineral/Rock Collected: Well preserved brachiopods, gastropods, and corals are most abundant in the yellowish shale that overlie the blue-gray beds. The fossils occurring here are known as the Hackberry fauna.

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