East Texas Gem and Mineral Society
Tyler, Texas
Field Trips
Field Trip Chairman - Kelly Ford

Is there a particular place that you would like to see us take a field trip to, or is there a particular type of material you are interested in collecting? Contact Kelly Ford or her assistant. Your suggestion  might be our next field trip! ​If you plan to attend a scheduled field trip, please let the Field Trip Chairman know. From time to time a field trip may be canceled or rescheduled, signing up will insure you stay informed. Field Trips are open to club members only.

Darby assists Kelly Ford in researching and planning future Field Trips!​​ Contact her with ideas too!


​​Scheduled Field Trips

June 24, 2017 - Petrified Wood Hunt near Kinney Polve's Place.
​ Contact:
Kinney, Trish Hamilton, or Kelly Ford for more info!​

​​                          Past Field Trips

April 2016 Great Salt Lake Plain, Oklahoma Hour-Glass Selenite Hunt. Photos by Fred Mahaffey.​


MAY 2016

​​Palestine Selenite Field Trip. A dozen Selenite seekers met at McCoys Building Supply parking lot in Palestine, Texas at 8 AM, May 23rd. We then caravaned 13-14 miles southwest to our collecting site. Our goal: find clear Selenite crystal clusters. And we did find them...lots of them! Some members trekked to a nearby creek and found petrified wood, agate and small fossils. Kudos to Fred Mahaffey for a great trip!
Photos by Lynn Metcalf & Fred Mahaffey. 

May 2016

The ​North Sulfur River field trip was on May 23 and was attended by seven members. Rain dogged our intrepid fossil hunters, but fun and finds were had by all​. The rigorous climb up and down the banks of the River, made slick by rain, challenged all, but our folks emerged unscathed.
Photos by Kinney Polve.

The 'Giant's Steps' at North Sulphur River
March 2017 Field trip near Dallas for fossils and septarian nodules with calcite crystals.

June 24 2017
Our field trip this month will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017. We will be digging for petrified wood by Kinney's place, which is by Henderson for those of you new to the club. We will meet there at 9:00 a.m.
Since this will be a local excursion, we are hoping for a big turnout. Please let me know as soon as possible whether you plan to attend. I will then send you directions and contact information.Kinney was gracious enough to set this up for us. Thank you Kinney! Hope you are able to make it! If you have any questions, please let me know.

July 8 2017
For those of you who were unable to make the meeting... if anyone is interested in going to Mt Antero, Colorado for a dig with the Columbine Gem & Mineral Society on July 8, 2017, please let me know as soon as possible. You will need to be an active member of their club and will need to be in the area at least three days prior to the dig to allow for physical altitude acclimation.

July TBA --
We will also have a local dig in July to dig for selenite near Palestine.
As always, if you have any ideas in regards to field trips, please let me know. :)