Upcoming Field Trip Details


Announced at this time:


Please refer to “SVGMS Field Trips News” document you received from the club secretary 9/5/2017 for a description of the current status of field trips and details about upcoming trips.

If you are a club member with paid-up dues and you did not receive the “Field Trip News” document, please contact the secretary at loverocksandminerals@gmail.com or at a monthly meeting to correct this issue.

This will be the principle way information about field trips are distributed to members, so we want to insure everyone is correctly addressed.

A copy of this document is linked
here.

This will be the principle way information about field trips are distributed to members, so we want to insure everyone is correctly addressed.

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Field Trips - 2017
September 23, 2017
Willis Mountain Kyanite Mine. - This field trip is a combined Mineral collecting field trip. Willis Mountain is the world's largest industrial producer of Kyanite.

lf you have never been there it is an experience you may not want to miss. Even if you have been there several times, the mine changes, and new areas are opened and so you never know what you may discover.

Unfortunately, this field trip is on the same day as the clubs rock show. lf you have a previous obligation with the show please fulfill that obligation.

I will be going to the Willis Mountain Field Trip, so if you want to go, please notify me at; NO later than 9-18-2017.

You must be at the mine no later than 8:30 am to sign in and for the safety briefing.

See all details in the Field Trip News document linked above.

October 2017
Vesuvius Unakite Field Trip. (all ages)

I am working on a new location for the next field trip, hopefully to be scheduled in October.

Thanks to SVGMS members Heather and Ilana Austin, who discovered and graciously gave me the contact of the owner of a private farm in the Vesuvius, VA area which has some of the finest samples of the Vesuvius variety of Unakite.

What is the difference? Vesuvius Unakite has a more reddish-orange variation of feldspar with the green epidote. It makes stunning mineral samples and even better lapidary cabochons.

Stay tuned in for more details.


Other SVGMS Field Trips for 2017/2018:
- Fossil Collecting Field Trip - Western VA (all ages)
- U.S. Silica Mine, Montpellier, VA (age restriction, safety gear required)
- Rose River, Syria VA- Fall, Early Spring (all ages)
- Virginia Department of Minerals, Mining and Energy, Charlottesville, VA (alt ages)

WEATHER: Weather plays an important factor in all field trips. If the weather creates an increase in hazardous conditions of any field trip, the trip will be canceled due to safety concerns.

Stay informed,

Wayne Peterson
Field Trip Coordinator