The BGS conducts on the order of 12 to 15 member only fieldtrips each season. In addition to visiting many of the local creeks and quarries, the club has collected at sites throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Two of the most popular sites, Niagara Sone Quarry and Lafarge Quarry in Lockport have been visited regularly since the 1950’s. Until it became inaccessible to all collecting, we also held an annual trip into the internationally renowned Bennett Quarry, home of many of the world’s finest Eurypterid specimens.

Currently our most popular trip is a 4 day excursion to Cincinnati Ohio. The group collects at multiple quarries and road cuts in the area, bringing home some spectacular Ordovician and Silurian fossils.

Participants are required to register for each trip with the designated trip leader, arrive on time at the scheduled meeting location and notify the trip leader when they are leaving the site.

Many of our members receive annual Hazard Recognition and General Safety Instructions provided by quarry personnel and the club follows all state, local, MSHA and quarry regulations regarding safety equipment and age restrictions. Please view the link detailing our safety rules and procedures.

Prior Trips

Lafarge Quarry – Lockport Dolomite, Fluorite, Calcite, SphaleriteCephalopods, Conularids, Trace Fossils
Lafarge Quarry – Niagara FallsDolomite, Fluorite, Calcite, SphaleriteCephalopods, Conularids, Trace Fossils
Lafarge Quarry – GasportSilurian Graptolites, Fossil Algae
18 Mile CreekHamilton Fossil Fauna
Smokes CreekHamilton Fossil Fauna
Ridgemont Quarry, OntarioEurypterids and Associated Bertie Fauna
Dundas Quarry, OntarioDolomite, Fluorite, Galena, Gypsum, Selenite, CelestiteCephalopods, Fossil Algae
Penfield QuarryDolomite, Fluorite, Galena, Gypsum, Selenite, Celestite
Flamboro, OntarioCelestine, Fluorite, Galena, Gypsum, Marcasite, Pyrite, Spalerite
Eaganville, OntarioApatite, Titanite
Herkimer NYHerkimer Diamonds, Quartz Crystals

Members are encouraged to contact one of our field trip leaders with suggestions for potential locations and other ways to improve our trips: Jerold Bastedo, Don Lapham III, Joe Sullivan.

Click on the link for more information on our latest Cincinnati Trip or visit our Field Trip Gallery.