Field Trips

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).

Upcoming Field Trips

Dear Club Members,

Field trips have been occurring according to the schedules originally posted with only a few changes. Please read over all trip information. All is not 100% complete, with activities still evolving.

2021 Field Trips:

Cloquet, Minnesota
6/26/21
Lake Superior Agates
Trip Leader: Olga Flores
Location: Get Pickin’ LLC & Wisconsin Beach, Superior Wisconsin
COMPLETED

Keokuk Iowa
6/11/21 to 6/13/21
Geodes and agates
Trip Leaders: Brian & Lee Ann Nelson
COMPLETED

Thunder Bay Canada
7/16/21 to 7/18/21
Amethyst
Leader: Lane Tiedeman
CANCELLED due to border closure

Montana
8/29 to 9/6 2021
Agates, petrified wood & fossils
Unlimited Availability
Part 1 – Central Montana Trip Leader: Ben Chorn
Part 2 – Eastern Montana Trip Leaders: Tim Goerdt & Phill Barrett

Montana Itinerary and Cost:
Central Montana – Part 1:
Sunday 8/29: Stratford Hill fish scale and ammonite fossils (Billings); Fort Union leaf fossils (Roundup). Suggested lodging location: Billings

Monday 8/30: Pryor Mountains (invertebrate fossils [oysters, coral, belemnites], Bear Canyon Agates) Suggested lodging location: Billings

Tuesday 8/31: Upper Musselshell Museum (stop on the Dinosaur Trail) and Judith Peak- Montana “diamonds” (double terminated quartz). Suggested lodging location: Billings

Wednesday 9/1: Miles City – Fort Union leaf fossils at Strawberry Hill?, agates (and pet wood) at Pirogue Island State Park? $8/car for Pirogue Island State Park (can get group rate). Suggested lodging location: Miles City or Glendive

Thursday 9/2: Seven Sisters (Crane) – agates (and pet wood) Suggested lodging location: Glendive

Friday 9/3: Terry – Prairie County Museum and Cameron Gallery; Agates (and pet wood). Suggested lodging location: Glendive

Eastern Montana – Part 2:
Saturday 9/4: $10.00 per person, per day. Evan’s Ranch: Montana Moss Agates – cash only. Children under 18 are free with a paying adult. Suggested lodging location: Glendive

Sunday 9/5: $60.00 per person, per day. Baisch’s Ranch (weather permitting): Dinosaur Bone, other Fossils and Petrified Wood – cash, personal checks accepted with proper identification. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Suggested lodging location: Glendive

Monday 9/6: Back up day in case of rain.

Minnehaha Walking Tour NEW
9/11/21
Trip Leader: Randy Strobel
25 Spots Available
Time: 10am-12pm
Cost – Free, except your parking and food
Current Itinerary:
Meet near the Sea Salt restaurant in Minneapolis. Visit the base & steep Gorge of Minnehaha Falls, Abandoned Falls. Visit the confluence of Minnehaha Creek & the Mississippi River. End back at the Sea Salt Restaurant for a refreshment or a meal. 

September 18th Bike tour was canceled due to lack of interest

Mt. Ida Arkansas
9/17/21 thru 9/19/21
Crystals
Trip Leaders: Brian & Lee Ann Nelson
3 Spots still Available out of 20

Trip Itinerary & Cost:
9-17-21 Twin Creek Mine – Mt. Ida Mine cost: $90 – $100 per adult approximately, Children $12. Please note this is a Premium Dig. Regular admission is $25 per person, but with a Premium Dig the success is much better. You keep whatever you find!

9-18-21 Wegner Crystal Mine, Mt. Ida. Cost – We will be going to the Crystal Forest; they transport us in their trucks – Cost = $18 for a 2 hour time period. If you choose to stay longer, you just stay at the Crystal Forest when the truck comes and take the next, then pay the additional $18 mine fee when you come out. Please note, they have a great rock shop.

9-19-21 Avant Mining at Fisher Mountain – Currently Exploring another private group dig for the MMC.

Upper UP of Michigan
10/1/21 to 10/3/21
Native Copper, Greenstone, Datolite, Agate & possible Yooperlites
Trip Leaders: Karen & Scott Frater
Assistant Trip Leader: Steve Olson
Cost – Still in finalizing phase, cost should be modest
Availability – FULL
Nearest town for lodging is Calumet, Michigan

Directions to sign up for field trips are as follows.

  1. Go to https://minnesotamineralclub.org/ Click on The Field Trips Link on the top right of the page.
  2. Click on the Field Trip Forms Link at the bottom of the page listing all the trips. Fill out all available forms and sign where necessary.
  3. Email completed forms to: tourdirector@minnesotamineralclub.org
    You will receive notification back informing you that you are signed up. Please be patient.

Please note: All transportation, lodging and associated field trip fees are the responsibility of those attending.

Photo Contest Update:

Photo must be taken by October 30, 2021. Photos must be submitted by November, 15, 2021.

We would again personally like to thank all of you (Past & Present) who have generously offered your personal time to take on a trip leader role: Trips are available because of members’ willingness to step up and volunteer. Personally, we have built many lasting friendships from the camaraderie created during trips, including those we have led and are so very grateful for this experience.

Happy Hunting
Lee Ann & Brian Nelson
Minnesota Mineral Club Tour Directors

*Field Trips are open to club members only.