MAPS (Mid America Paleontology Society), Sponsor of National Fossil Exposition

Field Trip Waiver

MAPS normally co-hosts one or two field trips per year with our sister clubs, either the Cedar Valley Rocks and Minerals Society, or the Black Hawk Gem & Mineral Society

MAPS-CVRMS Fall 2016 Field Trip, Sunday

October 9th, 2016

Joint fall field trip with the Cedar Valley Rocks & Minerals Society

at River Products Inc Klein Quarry, Coralville, IA

A limit to the number of participants on the field trip has been imposed - YOU MUST RSVP TO BE ABLE TO GO ON THIS TRIP!!

Contact Marv Houg via e-mail to reserve your spot:

Klein Quarry, Coralville, IA - 8:45AM sharp.

Meet at the main entrance to Klein at 8:45 to sign in and get safety instructions.
Enter the quarry at 9:00.
This is a lock-in quarry; that is, the gate is locked behind us and no one can enter or leave (except in an emergency) until noon, when a group will be let out. Others can come in at that time if they are waiting at the gate.
The rest of the group will leave at about 4:00.
This is a 'hard-rock' working quarry.
Requirements are that you must be a member of the Cedar Valley Rock and Mineral Society or MAPS and sign a waiver.
Also we are going to be enforcing strict safety requirements such as everyone must have a hard hat on, a bright safety vest, and hard shoes (steel toed is preferred). No open toed sandals or tennis shoes will be allowed. Also long pants will be required, no shorts will be allowed. Some type of safety glasses and gloves are encouraged.

All children should be closely supervised.
Possible finds include: millerite, coral heads, horn corals, brachiopods, bryozoans, trilobites, crinoids and maybe cephalopods, fish parts, and blastoids. Useful tools include: rock hammers, cold chisels, sledges and pry bars.
Bring your own water and lunch.
You MUST be a member of CVRMS or MAPS to attend this field trip but you can join at the gate. To save time, download and fill out the club liability waiver at
Safety first! Please stay at least as far away from highwalls/ledges by as many feet as the wall or dropoff is high - that is, 25 feet away (minimum) from a 25 foot highwall or 25 foot dropoff.
To get to Klein, take Hwy 6 (Coralville Strip/2nd Street) west of Coralville towards Tiffin to Deer Creek Road.
If you go under the Interstate, you have gone too far.
Take Deer Creek Road (340th Street) to the south past the intersection with 340th Street and continue south then follow the signs.

Picture of the West Face of River Products Inc Conklin Quarry, Coralville, IA:

Above is a view of the Middle Devonian strata exposed in the west wall of the River Products Inc Conklin Quarry. Unit contacts are approximate. River Products Klein Quarry exposes a similar Middle Devonian geologic section.

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