Extracurricular Field Trips


I offer geology majors and enthusiastic geology students (non-geology majors) the opportunity to see and collect rocks & fossils in the field.


If interested, please talk to me some time or e-mail me (“stjohn.2” at “osu.edu”).



Local trips (typically lasting a few hours):

- Stadden Bridge gravel bar

- Chatham gravel bar

- Flint Ridge

- Licking County stratigraphy (Dugway, State Farm Quarry, Moots Run, Marne Road, Rt. 16 east of Newark, Rockhaven Road, Bowerston Brick Company Quarry, Black Hand Gorge, Barking Dog railroad cut, Toboso East railroad cut)

- Burning Tree Mastodon



Day trips (leave in the morning, back at dinner time or early- to mid-evening):

- Caesar Creek Park (fossil collecting)

- Cuyahoga Gorge

- Virginia Kendall Ledges

- Ohio Caverns

- Maysville West, Kentucky (fossil collecting)

- Southgate Hill, Indiana (fossil collecting)

- Seneca Caverns

- Kelleys Island, Lake Erie (fossil collecting)

- South Bass Island, Lake Erie

- Serpent Mound Impact Structure

- Hocking Hills

- Central Ohio stratigraphy (Glen Echo Gorge, O’Shaughnessy Dam, Lazarus Run) (some fossil collecting)

- Big Bone Lick, Kentucky

- Gates-Adah Kimberlite, southwestern Pennsylvania

- etc.



Multiday trips - by special arrangement only & with dedicated geology students and/or geology majors only, during long weekends or between-term breaks.


Examples of sites visited with geology students in 2008-2013:


New York State (Niagara Falls/Niagara Escarpment, Whirlpool State Park, Devil’s Hole State Park, Genesee Gorge, Adirondack Mountains)


Vermont (Green Mountains)


Kentucky (Mammoth Cave, Falls of the Ohio, Red River Gorge)


Michigan (Pictured Rocks, Marquette Iron Range, Keweenaw Peninsula)


Florida (Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Cayo Costa Island)


Nebraska (Ashfall Fossil Beds)


South Dakota (White River Badlands, Black Hills)


North Dakota (Little Missouri Badlands)


Colorado (Dinosaur Ridge, Red Rocks, Front Range, Colorado National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison)


Utah (Arches National Park, San Rafael Monocline, San Rafael Swell, Salina Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, volcanics of southern and western Utah)


Idaho (Spencer Opal Field)


Montana (Butte Mining District, Pompey’s Pillar, Makoshika Badlands, Beartooth Mountains)


Wyoming (Absaroka Range, Yellowstone Hotspot, Teton Range, Powder River Basin, Bighorn Basin, Devils’ Tower, Thermopolis Hot Springs, Owl Creek Range, Wind River Range, Bighorn Mountains, Leucite Hills, Seminoe Mountains, Medicine Bow Mountains, Laramie Range)


Ontario, Canada (Wawa area, Timmins area, Temagami area, Sudbury Impact Structure, Elliot Lake uraninite deposits, Lorrain Fm. jasper conglomerates)



Museum trips

I also offer trips to museums that have world-class rock, mineral, and fossil displays.


- Orton Geology Museum, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

- Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science

- Cleveland Museum of Natural History

- Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

- Drake Well Museum, Titusville, Pennsylvania

- Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois



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