Category: Field Trips

Field Trip to Open House at Dolomite Quarry – Walworth, NY – October 8-9, 2016

Field Trip to Open House at Dolomite Products Quarry in Walworth, NY on October 8-9.  Open House to community so no club membership is necessary but safety gear is required. Also, bring rain gear based on forecast.

Please arrive by 6:30 AM to sign paperwork and attend safety lecture. We will enter the quarry at 7:00 AM. Late arrivals are permitted. Please stop in at maintenance garage to sign in and hear safety information. We must leave the quarry before 3 PM. Sunday we must leave before 11 AM. 

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Supervised children with sturdy shoes are permitted. Gas powered saws and drills are allowed.A hydraulic jackhammer is usually provided by the quarry to break large boulders.

Expect to find crystals of Fluorite, Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Sphalerite and possibly Celestite, also few fossils have been found.

The quarry is located at 1200 Atlantic Avenue, Walworth, NY just east of Rochester, NY. Take the NYS Thruway (90) East to exit 46 for Rte 390 North. Take exit 15 to merge with Rte 590 North. Take exit 7 for NY-286/Browncroft Blvd. Make Right onto Browncroft and head East. Pass through town of Penfield. Browncroft will become Atlantic.  Make left turn onto Tiffany Rd. The quarry entrance is on the right after the turn. Drive in to the maintenance garage and park.

Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Marmora and Madoc – October 15-16, 2016

Buffalo Geological Field Trip to Marmora and Madoc is October 15-16.

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016: Various Mines in the Kingston to Madoc area of southern Ontario, Canada.

Visit the Canadian Wollastonite Mine in Seely’s Bay Ontario the morning  then later in the morning traverse to a marble mine-quarry in Tweed, Ontario to collect blue marble and amazonite pegmatite. Later in the afternoon we will visit a quarry in Madoc, Ontario to visit a quarry with green marble, jade, and tremolite crystals. There is no restriction on the amount of attendees for Saturday, but only 24 may attend Sunday at Marmora. Power tools may be used at the Tweed and Madoc sites. The Tweed quarry may require a 400 meter walk in, but we are trying to negotiate drive in. All other sites are drive in.

Sunday Oct. 16, 2016: Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario, Canada Dig.

  • Limited to 24 attendees.16 years of age or older.
  • Must preregister with Don Lapham.
  • Access will be 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please meet at the Mine entrance at 8:30 AM. No late arrivals. There will be a check in check out system.
  • Hard Hats, Steel toed boots (covering above the ankle), eye protection, and orange, green or yellow reflective safety vests are required. Gloves are also highly recommended. Don Lapham has now been certified in First Aid/CPR/AED but if you have similar certification, please bring it with you to support.
  • Pants must extend to the ankles covering both legs. LONG PANTS ONLY.
  • A completed roster is to be submitted ahead of time and will be cross referenced to the waiver that is required to be signed upon entering the site on the day of the visit.
  • Photo ID will be required as confirmation of attendance.
  • Each member must provide proof of current BGS membership (please contact Don Lapham if you do not have your Buffalo Club membership card)
  • The use of power tools & micro-blasters is NOT permitted.
  • Aecon allows the collection of specimens in accordance with the generally accepted procedures and practice of Hobby Mineral Collecting only. Acceptable uses for samples collected are for display and exchange only. Aecon is committed to education and will deny access to those who sell specimens for a profit.
  • No trailers or excessive quantities of minerals will be allowed to be collected.
  • As a thank you to Aecon for the privilege of collecting and taking material from this site an entry donation (CN$10 per collector) shall be collected. A check (made payable to the Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club) for the total amount of each visit donation shall be sent to the Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club Museum.
  • Bring drinks and lunch. All garbage generated during the visit must be removed from the site.
  • Expect to find a plethora of minerals including: garnet, epidote, pyrite, quartz, calcite, actinolite, magnetite, etc.
  • http://www.mindat.org/loc-15212.html

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Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Quarry, Ontario – June 4, 2016

The Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario is June 4 . You must be a member to go on the field trip and it is for those age 16+.  Photo ID required and each member must provide proof of current membership.

$10 Canadian fee – check made out to Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club for their museum.

Meet at the mine entrance at 8:30am. No late arrivals. Long Pants, hard hats, steel toed boots above ankle, eye protection, orange, green or yellow reflective safety vest required. Gloves are recommended. Use of power tools and micro blasters is not permitted.

Bring drinks and lunch.

Expect to find garnets, epidote (in calcite- you use acid to uncover it), quartz, pyrite, calcite, magnetite.

Suggest staying at Moonlight Motel in Havelock  or in Belleville the night before.

Questions, call Don Lapham at 716-438-3794 or 481-6438.