The DPS has rescheduled an organized a field trip from April 21 to Martin Marietta Quarry, to Saturday, June 23 for current paid up MEMBERS, ADULTS ONLY, (over 16 years old) and 25 person limit.
There will be no pyrite hunting on this trip.
Registration for this trip was online through the DPS website. For the previously scheduled trip, all Registered Members received a Hold Harmless Agreement to download, fill out, sign, and print. You will need to bring this with you on the day of the Quarry Trip. If you do not receive one, please contact someone at DPS before you go.
If you are a Registered participant for the Quarry trip, here are further instructions:
Meet in Martin Marietta at the first parking lot on the left as you enter before 8am so we can sign the ‘no harm agreements’. We will be hunting the quarry 8am until 12 noon. This is the ATCO contact between the Eagle Ford Shale and the Austin Chalk (Cretaceous period) Target finds are marine vertebrate: Cretodus, Ptychodus, Squalicorax and other shark teeth. Other possibilities include occasional turtle and fish material.
I would like to remind everyone to wear closed toe shoes (ankle high boots are best). You will also need a rock hammer, hard hat (quarry will supply one if you don’t have one) and collection bags (plastic bags are fine).
There are no bathrooms so please remember to stop and go.
ALWAYS CHECK THE DPS HOTLINE BEFORE A TRIP FOR ANY LAST MINUTE CHANGES 817 355-4693
Directions: 67 south towards Midlothian. Continue on 67 pass the Midlothian exits continue to Ward Road exit, follow feeder road, make left under 67, cross RR track. You are there, parking lot is on your left.
Linda Van Vranken