East Texas Gem and Mineral Society
Tyler, Texas
Field Trips
Field Trip Chairman - Fred Mahaffey

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 David Russ or his assistants. 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.

Our Field Trip Chair, Fred Mahaffey, is now ETGMS' President​​!     Congratulations, Fred!

Our NEW Field Trip Chair is David Russ. Welcome!​​

Welcome to Kelly Ford and Darby who are now assisting David Russ in researching and planning future Field Trips!​​


                     Scheduled Field Trips
March 25​ - Mineral Wells, Texas
President's Note: If you are planning to go on the Mineral Wells Field Trip on the 25th this month and are leaving from or driving through the Tyler area, I have at least one member who needs to carpool with someone. If you are willing nd able please let me know. Thanks, Fred.



*​​​​​​​Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, Arkansas​​.
This trip will be scheduled when area high temperatures drop to more comfortable levels. Trippers will meet to form a caravan. More info to follow. What to take with you? The Crater is exposed to direct sunshine. Expect cooler humid weather. Water, hat, sunglasses, sun block, old clothes and shoes. Take a change of clothes with you. You can rent bucket, shovel, wagon, screens, etc. at the Crater. Remember: a significant deposit is required and will be returned when you return your rented gear.


​​                          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.

Pending Field Trips

* Clifton Texas Lime Plant - Fossils
* Trinity River - petrified wood
* Angelina National Forest- petrified palm wood, agates
* Arkansas Ouachita Forest - Quartz crystals
* Arkansas - Crater of Diamonds State Park (in the Spring?)

Still have phone calls to make and people to see. Group
hunting for minerals takes logistic planning. The Trinity River     ​​ trip in particular, because it may require arranging with       member(s), who own boats, to help get us to collecting areas.
The 'Giant's Steps' at North Sulphur River
March 2017 Field trip near Dallas for fossils and septarian nodules with calcite crystals.