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Field Trips

Field trips are held at various times throughout the year to many locations.


In the event of rainfall 24 hours prior to a trip, excessive winds, or other issues trips may be cancelled. Watch your email for updates. 

Upcoming Trips: see your latest newsletter or your club emails.


Field Trip Safety:

  • Watch out for snakes, scorpions and spiders, especially when turning over a rock.

  • Don't wander off alone, out of sight of others.

  • Pair up with a partner when exploring.

  • Drink plenty of water, dehydration is a big danger in the desert.

  • Stay out of abandoned mines. A cave in could ruin your day.

  • Keep an eye on the weather, a sudden rainstorm miles away, can cause a flash flood.

  • Wear safety glasses when using your rock hammer or chisel.

  • Never lick a rock; Some minerals are poisonous, always use a spray bottle, instead.

  • Always wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Wear protective clothing and boots.

  • Sandals are for the beach; not the desert.

  • If you are leaving the collecting area early, notify the trip leader.

  • Use lots of common sense and have a good time.

  • Some areas may require a hard hat to be worn.


What to bring:

  • food & snacks

  • sunscreen & lip balm,

  • plenty of water

  • rock hammer, pick & chisel

  • favorite digging tool

  • camera

  • empty buckets or rock bags

  • gloves & safety glasses

  • walking stick

  • sunglasses

  • paper towels & newspaper for wrapping rocks

  • first aid kit with signal whistle and mirror

  • cellphone (remote areas may or may not have service)

  • two way radios, binoculars and GPS are also helpful.


Print and fill out Field Trip Waiver to give to field trip leader. You may print the Field Trip Info to have it handy.