NAPC Field Trips

Pre-Conference Trips

Haile Quarry/Thomas Farm ($35):

Open-pit quarrying at the Haile quarries 15 miles west of Gainesville creates exposures of the highly fossiliferous late Eocene Ocala Limestone (echinoids, crabs, mollusks, bryozoans, forams, sharks, archaeocete whales [rare]). The quarrying also exposes ancient sinkholes that were formed and filled in the late Miocene or Pleistocene, many of which have produced abundant faunas of terrestrial and freshwater vertebrate species. A 45-minute-drive northwest of Haile is the world famous Thomas Farm site, which has been excavated for over 80 years and has produced an early Miocene vertebrate fauna with > 100 species and an excess of 50,000 identifiable specimens.

Itinerary: Vans for this field trip will depart at 8:00 am on Friday, February 14, 2014 (the day before the convention) from the Hilton University of Florida Hotel in Gainesville, FL (the conference hotel). Attendees for this trip will meet at 7:45 am on Feb. 14th in the lobby of the Hilton University of Florida Hotel. Attendees for this trip must arrive in Gainesville before the vans depart. Vans will return to Hilton University of Florida by 5:30 pm on Feb. 14th. Beverages and a lunch will be provided for all attendees on this trip. Attendees for this trip must ride in the vans; no driving separately in private vehicles will be allowed.

The Florida Panhandle (Two Days; $155):

This part of Florida is completely different, both geologically and ecologically, from the peninsula. Fossiliferous sediments ranging in age from late Eocene through Pleistocene crop out along river corridors and are exposed in quarrying operations in this part of the state. We will visit several localities, including the classic exposure at Alum Bluff, and several active mines. Many of the strata in the Florida Panhandle are highly fossiliferous, including the lower Miocene Chipola Formation and the Pliocene Jackson Bluff Formation which are both known for their diverse and well preserved molluscan faunas. The various strata we will investigate contain a wide variety of fossil species representing open marine, nearshore, deltaic, and fluvial depositional environments.

Itinerary: Vans for this field trip will depart at 8:00 am on Thurday, February 13, 2014 (two days before the convention) from the Hilton University of Florida Hotel in Gainesville, FL (the conference hotel). Attendees for this trip will meet at 7:45 am on Feb. 13th in the lobby of the Hilton University of Florida Hotel. Attendees for this trip must arrive in Gainesville before the vans depart. Attendees will spend the evening of Feb. 13th in a hotel (two people/room; hotel included in the price). Attendees will be will be responsible for their own dinner on the evening of Feb. 13th (i.e. dinner is NOT included in the field trip price). There will be a number of different restaurants to choose from in the area of the hotel that evening. Beverages, two lunches (one for each day), and snacks will be provided during this trip. Vans will return to Hilton University of Florida by 5:30 pm on Feb. 14th. Attendees for this trip must ride in the vans; no driving separately in private vehicles will be allowed.

Post-Conference Trips

Bone Valley Phosphate Mine ($50):

Located in south-central Florida about a three-hours-drive from Gainesville is one of the world's major phosphate mining regions. The deposits range in age from middle Miocene to early Pliocene, and produce several mixed terrestrial-marine vertebrate faunas. Shark teeth are very abundant as are moldic mollusks, but fossils of dugongs, whales, three-toed horses, turtles, etc. are also frequently found.

Itinerary: Vans for this field trip will depart at 8:00 am on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 (the day after the convention) from the Hilton University of Florida Hotel in Gainesville, FL (the conference hotel). Attendees for this trip will meet at 7:45 am on Feb. 19th in the lobby of the Hilton University of Florida Hotel. Vans will return to Hilton University of Florida by 5:30 pm on Feb. 19th. Beverages and a lunch will be provided for all attendees on this trip. Attendees for this trip must ride in the vans; no driving separately in private vehicles will be allowed.

SMR Aggregates (formerly Quality Aggregates) Quarry ($50):

This commercial sand and shell quarry near Sarasota exposes extremely fossiliferous beds of the Plio-Pleistocene Tamiami Formation. Mollusks in the higher beds include over 1000 species of bivalves and gastropods. Corals, barnacles, echinoderms, crabs, and others are also common. Vertebrates in the upper beds are a mix of marine (seals, sea birds, fish) and terrestrial (horses, sloths, llamas, etc.) taxa, while the lower Pliocene beds are strictly marine (whales, walrus, sharks). The quarry is a three-hour-drive south of Gainesville.

Itinerary: Vans for this field trip will depart at 8:00 am on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 (the day after the convention) from the Hilton University of Florida Hotel in Gainesville, FL (the conference hotel). Attendees for this trip will meet at 7:45 am on Feb. 19th in the lobby of the Hilton University of Florida Hotel. Vans will return to Hilton University of Florida by 5:30 pm on Feb. 19th. Beverages and a lunch will be provided for all attendees on this trip. Attendees for this trip must ride in the vans; no driving separately in private vehicles will be allowed.

The Florida Keys

This trip has been canceled due to low attendance.