Fossil Club

Fossil Club Displays at Patuxent River Appreciation Days
The Ecphora: Newsletter/Journal of the CMM Fossil Club, Click here
Fossil Club Membership 
Join the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club and increase your knowledge of life in the Miocene and take advantage of special field trip opportunities. Click here for an application/renewal form. 
Fossil Club Meetings 
Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis on Saturdays and begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the lounge on the top floor of the museum. All meetings are open to the public - you do not have to be a current CMMFC member to attend a meeting. Members are encouraged to come early to see the new on-goings at the museum and to bring and set-up their own recent fossil finds. Various related fossil topics, club issues, etc. are discussed at the meetings, as well as updates from the Paleo Staff of the Calvert Marine Museum on recent finds and new additions to the museum's permanent collection. Whenever possible, these new items will be on display. Beverages and snacks are usually provided and additional "finger food" contributions are always appreciated. Meetings are an hour to an hour and a half in length and are, whenever possible, followed by a free public lecture by a visiting distinguished guest at 2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. 
2017 Fossil Club Meeting, Lecture & Event Schedule:
Saturday, April 15: Fossil Club meeting at 1 p.m. in the 3rd floor lounge followed by a public lecture in the Harms Gallery at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Stephen Godfrey will talk about current happenings in Paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum.

Saturday, September 16: Fossil Club meeting at 1 p.m. in the 3rd floor lounge followed by a public lecture in the Harms Gallery at 2:30 p.m. Tim Foard will speak on the many fossils, mostly wood, that he has thin sectioned.

Saturday, November 18: 12 p.m. in the Chestnut Cabin at Scientists Cliffs. Beach walk/collecting, potluck lunch, meeting, and presentation.

Fossil Club Field Trips

For all trips, contact Bob Ertman at or 410-533-4203 as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday before the trip. Remember to include your cell phone number. Please remember to call in for yourself and family members, or for another club member, on the date and time indicated. Current memberships in both the Fossil Club and the Calvert Marine Museum are needed to go on the trips. Information on directions, lodging, meeting times and meeting places will be provided at the call-in.

2017 Field Trip Schedule:

Saturday, March 18: The Odessa trip for petrified wood (always tentative because this is a working farm). Meet-up is at 9:45-10:00 a.m. near Middletown, DE; details at sign up, by email. We will move onto the farm in Odessa to walk the fields and collect petrified wood (cypress from the Pleistocene, probably 1.5-2 million years old). No special equipment is necessary. Leave your tools at home so that we do not do anything to cause erosion on this no-till farm. Click here to view a write-up about one of our trips to a nearby site.

Sunday, April 9: Douglas Point. Meet at 11:45 a.m. in the parking lot at 9275 Riverside Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662 (tide is low at Liverpool Point at 12:43 p.m.). There is a mile hike from the parking lot to the river, but collecting begins right at the river. The collecting will be similar to Purse St. Park but without many Turritella. For more information, click here.

Saturday, May 13: Field trip to Driftwood Beach, Chesapeake Ranch Estates.Little Cove Point Member of the Miocene St. Mary's Formation. A good place to find fossil shells. Sign up by May 10. Space is limited to 15 club members.

Saturday, June 3: Purse State Park. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking area just across from the path to the river. Low tide at Liverpool Point is at 9:14 a.m. If you are not familiar with the park, we recommend creating a map using MapQuest or Google Maps by entering Liverpool Point Road & Riverside Road in Nanjemoy, MD 20662. The street address just past the intersection is 9250 Riverside Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662. The parking area is 1.8 miles south of that intersection. Riverside Road is MD Rt. 224 at that point. Do not look for street address signs, but if your GPS is up to date, you can use 10124 Riverside Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662 for the parking area where we will meet.

Aquia Formation (Late Paleocene, about 60 million years ago). This site is on the Potomac River in Charles County, MD and is best known for internal molds of the gastropod Turritella sp. (more than you can carry out); occasional crocodile, ray, shark teeth (Otodus sp., and Striatolamia sp.); petrified wood; and some nice specimens of jasper and other minerals. Access to the site requires a moderate hike through the woods, and sometimes rather strenuous hiking and climbing over trees along the water's edge. Collecting is mostly by beach-combing along the riverbank. Screening may be productive. It is a long hike for a wood-frame screen. If you want to screen, a kitchen colander would be better. Click here to look at what you an find.
Fossil Club Scholarship
The Betty (Sandy) Roberts Scholarship for Natural Sciences is a partnership between the Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) and the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club to provide financial support to Southern Maryland students in pursuit of a post-secondary education focused on the natural sciences. Click here for information about the scholarship and the application.

Fossil Club Elected Officers & Volunteers*

Grenda Dennis, President:
Billy Palmer, Vice President:
Christa Conant, Treasurer:
Donald Morgan III, Secretary:
Christa Conant, Membership Chairperson:
Stephen Godfrey, Editor*:
Robert Ertman, Fall Field Trip Leader*:
Robert Ertman, Spring Field Trip Leader*: