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I would like to start taking my children to hunt for fossils, minerals, or cool rocks. I really have to get them off of the couch and learning something. I don't need to find the greatest fossils but I do need to make sure I find something. I have a book on identification, I have a few spots we are going to tomorrow. My problem is that no one seems to want to give away a good spot. Any help would be appreciated. I have always been super interested in old things, and I know the kids would love it. Any help would be greatly appreciated and I would be happy to share my finds.

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http://www.fossilsites.com/index.html

You can look for state here and check out some sites that are close to you, that's if you're in the states or Canada.

Yes, many people will not divulge productive spots to unknown persons. Sometimes we return to the areas we suggest and see careless extraction and destruction of the site it self. Loose lips, sink ships......besides the best spots are the ones you find on your own.

Best of luck to you in your endeavors!

Paul

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Uncle Siphuncle

The best way I've found to turn on others to sharing good sites is to share my own, self found sites of equal value. Takes some front end investment, but well worth it.

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The best way to learn about collecting sites is to join a group like the Dallas Paleontological Society. Not only do they know all the best local sites, they can get in to places the general public can't. Once you know about the public sites you can visit them whenever you like and they visit ones on private land with permission almost every year as a group. Dallas Paleo even has a program just for kids. Some hunts are for members only but some are open to anyone. Have a look at our website for information about upcoming activities. The calendar has clickable events for more details. www.dallaspaleo.org

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I would like to start taking my children to hunt for fossils, minerals, or cool rocks. I really have to get them off of the couch and learning something. I don't need to find the greatest fossils but I do need to make sure I find something. I have a book on identification, I have a few spots we are going to tomorrow. My problem is that no one seems to want to give away a good spot. Any help would be appreciated. I have always been super interested in old things, and I know the kids would love it. Any help would be greatly appreciated and I would be happy to share my finds.

The advice given is sound. You can keep at it and eventually come upon a site you can call self found and go crazy bringing home rocks that your spouse will object to. They do accumulate.

Keep it selective and you will do fine.

Considering your Hurst affiliation you may want to take a short trip to the Benbrook spillway.

Easily accessible and easy to traverse. Easy to park and walk. (Almost flat out)

Flat out and can be kid friendly.

Not much they can get in trouble with (Falling down cliff side)

Won't find many teeth but invertebrate material is abundant sea urchins "echinoids" primarily.

You are not allowed to dig out there but I have never found that to be necessary.

Fossils are found loose laying out for the most part.

Good luck on getting kiddos away from the gaming devices and cell phones.

PS: You can't go wrong throwing them in the back seat on Oct 24th and take them to the Fossilmania show lots of fossils to see or purchase & grab bags for the kids. (Glen Rose, Texas)

One of the only places where they can touch and even have their picture taken sitting in, on or next to a dinosaur footprint. Right out in front of the pavilion.

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Virtuacarnage

Thanks a bunch guys. I think we had a little luck last week, but it sure on what we found. We don't dig, that can be naturally uncovered and saved for future generations. Will certainly be joining Dallas paleontologist group. Thanks for the heads up about the event.

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Bone2stone is wrong about the Fossilmania date but right about the digging, I never take a shovel unless I'm screening gravel or taking sample dirt home to go through for the little stuff. However sometimes a chisel and hammer is good for removing something from a boulder that's too big to take home.

Fossilmania got moved this year due to a conflicting show. It will be October 30th and 31st and November 1st. It's a good chance to show the kids the dinosaur tracks at the state park and there will be a fossil collecting trip on Saturday nearby.

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Good advice above. Joining a local club is perhaps the best way to start for those without the benefit of mentorship of a family member or close friend with expertise in this pursuit. I had no such mentorship, so I began my journey by joining the Dallas, Austin, and Houston clubs, attending the best field trips available on a given weekend. I learned some sites and made some good friends along the way. In time, however, I decided that a little individual achievement was in order, so I committed to teaching myself about Texas field paleontology, and that involved immersion in geo maps, scientific papers, and a whole lot of road miles and lost sleep in getting to and from sites, some of which were documented, and many I found on my own. I often hunt alone or with 1 or 2 buddies.

This is my chosen trajectory, and the cool thing about avocational paleo is that individuals are free to choose what suits them best. Some become specialists, others remain generalists, some become heavily involved in clubs, others in time shy away from the crowds. The main thing to your advantage just starting out is that all finds are greeted with great enthusiasm, especially by your kids, resulting in quality family time and life long memories. I wish you luck.

Now for a specific site suggestion: the Lost Creek Reservoir dam Jacksboro. This is a well known site, but productive enough to be a slam dunk for veterans and newbies alike. If your kids can handle a 20 minute hike across the dam, the weathering hillside is choked with Pennsylvanian age marine fossils. Be sure to stop at the park office and pay your $3 admission fee. Success for your kids is guaranteed, so many fossils that you'll need to be selective, and if you take them there, you are their hero, the "man with the plan". Temperatures this time of year are quite conducive to keeping kids outside for several hours, making it worth the time, gas, and effort. Just take some sustenance in your backpack to keep them afield longer. They'll be sure to hit the sack early when you get home after all that hiking and adventure. This is a trip that you can either do with the DPS, or go on your own. If this interests you, PM me and I'll dial you in with specifics, so that you can strike with surgical precision.

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Wow what a heads up over the many years of the Fossilmania show it has indeed been changed from earlier information.

It always has been held the last full weekend in October.

Thanks for the info I would have caught the info from The Dallas Paleo site, but nice to get it early.

Jessy B.

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