VGMS Field Trips


2021 Cambria area Trip

The VGMS holds field trips throughout the year. We regularly take trips to collect the following (not a complete list):

Nephrite jade, actinolite, serpentine, various agates and jaspers, obsidian & calcite in Northern California locales;

Rose quartz, epidote, quartz, various agates and jaspers, jadeite, petrified palm wood, pink chalcedony and travertine onyx in Eastern California locales;

Tourmaline, various agates and jaspers, serpentine, invertebrate fossils, psilomelane and geodes in Southern California locales.

We are also welcome at several fee-dig areas, museums and public events like:

Shark Tooth Hill, Bakersfield – fossil shark teeth, fish and marine mammal bones. By reservation; fee area. This is on private land.

Trona-Gem-O-Rama – Pink halite and other salt minerals. Fee area; reserve time slot on arrival. Usually the 2nd weekend of October.

Greenhorn Mountains – rose quartz, epidote. This is an active mine the club gets access to by appointment only.

Himalaya Mine, San Diego County – private mine, by reservation only; fee area.

Big Sur Jade Festival – jade, jadeite jewelry and carvings for sale.

UCLA Meteorite Gallery – extensive collection on UCLA campus. By donation.

La Brea Tar Pits/Page Museum – excellent displays of fossil flora and fauna. See their website for entry fee.

Jewel Tunnel Imports (special invite for VGMS in December) – for great rocks & lapidary items at wholesale prices! By reservation and invitation only.

Beach collecting for fossil whale bone, jaspers and calcite.

Beach collecting for fossil whale bone, jaspers and calcite.

As field trips are a benefit of membership, full information is only available in the Members-only area.  Members wanting to attend trips must sign up in advance; information and sign up link in the Members Only area.