Upcoming events

    • Sat, August 15, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Oliver Creek
    • 40

    This will now be an online registration sign-up for DPS member’s only. Kids are welcome! Online registration will be opened on Wednesday, August 12th at 12 pm noon for Saturday’s, August 15th field trip date. Field trip is limited to 40 people. On August 15th we will be meeting at the Justin Discount Boots & Cowboy Outfitters (physical address: 101 N, TX-156, Justin, TX 76247) parking lot off of Hwy 156 in Justin, TX at 8:30 am Please review the Difficulty and Danger scale (in the below), Texas State COVID-19 Health Protocol form, and sign the Hold Harmless Waiver once you are registered. Signed Hold Harmless waiver's can be emailed to fieldtrips@dallaspaleo.org (preferred method) or handed in on the day of the field trip.

    Oliver Creek is classified as a 1B on the Difficulty and Danger scale, which is defined as follows:

    Difficulty Scale

    1:  Least difficult.  Family friendly, easy entry and short walking distance to fossil site via walking path.

    Danger Scale

    A: Least dangerous. Basic hazards inherent to the natural environment such as weather, irregular footing while walking, poisonous plants, and possibility of wildlife such insects, mammals, and (venomous) snakes. In case of injury, emergency medical care may not be readily accessible. In addition to your fossil hunting gear, make sure to bring standard outdoors equipment such as more than enough water, sunscreen, hat, cellphone, whistle, snacks, first aid kit which you know what is inside and you have practiced using, knife, and any medicines (including emergency allergic medicine such as epi-pen) appropriate for yourself. And ensure to utilize the buddy system to always be in sight of and accessible to your buddy.

    B: Medium dangerous. Inclusive of "A" Hazards. Possibility of slippery surfaces enabling potentials falls causing broken bones and dangerous cuts. Dangers may be due to examples such as steep and uncertain terrain, flowing water, and also hazardous brush to move through which likely contains sharp and long thorns and also poisonous plants such as poison ivy. Potential of slightly remote site with delayed access to emergency medical care.

    Instructions for registering additional family members for those with paid family memberships:

    -Login to dallaspaleo.org and go to “my profile” and select “add a new member” to add family members. Each added family member will have to add a unique email address to their account.

    -Then go to the Events/Trips Calendar page and find the Oliver Creek Field trip on the calendar (August 15th). Once one person is registered for the field trip, additional family members can be added by selecting “New Registration.” The registration will ask for the email address associated with their account.

    Field Trip Background Information:

    Where we’re headed - A cool, clean, clear stream babbling over limestone and close to home, unheard of, right?  Well, just a few dozen miles north of Fort Worth, a bit northwest of Justin is Oliver Creek. A while back we tracked a creek full of tumbled fossils upstream to their source and the gracious landowners have consented, once again, to let us tromp up and down their lovely creek. Not only is it a neat place for a pastoral outing and picnic, but the soft limestone yields ammonites like Oxytropidoceras and echinoids (sea urchins) like Epiaster whitei, Heteraster texanas and the rarer, regular Salenia mexicana and a few shark teeth.  Seams of soft marl hold echinoids ideal for mining.  So, you WILL find ammonites and you WILL find echinoids as well as the rest of the typical marine fauna like crab parts, gastropods (snails) and pelecypods (bivalves).

    We’ll be collecting on very private land in the Goodland Formation (Lower Cretaceous, middle Albian) just west of Drop, Texas (don’t look for skyscrapers here).  This is a fairly large, open creek bed so many people can collect. Perfect for kids – they will find neat stuff - and pets. Just mind your invitees. We are out in nature, so expect the normal fare of bugs and other creepy crawlers. Hopefully we’ll have water in the creek this year so kids can splash or do tadpoles and crawdads.

    Meet us at 8:30 AM in Justin, Texas on Hwy. 156 where it shares the road with Hwy. 407 at the Justin Boot Outlet parking lot right on the highway.  Or a simpler way to say it is to go to Justin and meet at the ‘horse’. This is all north and a bit west of the Texas Motor Speedway on I35W, north of Hwy.114.

    Bring your hard-rock tools (hammer, chisels), wading shoes, little clothing, sun protection and plenty of liquids.  Collecting buckets will be provided. Much of the creek is overhung by large trees, so shade is available although I am working on some way to rent it out – for the Society benefit, of course.  We’ll lunch by the creek, so pack your brown bag.  The Society will furnish some drinks and desert – BTW, how are your seed-spitting skills? Please let me know if you can bring a melon.

    As always, check the Paleo Hotline (817-355-4693 metro) for any last-minute changes, but rain (hopefully) or shine, we will do this one.  If you have specific questions or if you get lost on that Saturday please contact:

    Roger Farish at rffarish@verizon.net, phone 972-898-2700 or

    Talban Kantala at tmkantal@gmail.com, phone 843-813-7120.

    Don’t be late – IT’S SUMMER – we need to beat the heat.


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The DPS is a group of professional and amateur paleontologists that want to exchange information, interact, and continue their education in paleontology.  We meet once a month on the second Wednesday evening of the month at Brookhaven College, Building H.


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