Field Trips and Excursions

This year there is one field trip planned, but it is a MAMMOTH of a field trip!

Join us for a TAS geology field trip to the Waco Mammoth National Monument, one of the newest units of the U. S. Park System. The site has fossils of a nursery herd of adult and juvenile mammoths that were caught in a river flood, plus fossils of a few other animals. Twenty-four mammoths have been found to date. This glimpse into Pleistocene life—and death—is a rare opportunity to see important fossils in-situ.

Special guest speaker:  Don Esker, former director of the site and an expert on mammoths!

Time permitting, there may also be stops at the following locations:

  • High cliffs in Cameron Park to discuss the Balcones fault zone
  • A prolific Cretaceous fossil collecting area near Lake Waco

The field trip starts on Sunday morning, March 5, 2017, at 8 am, and will end by about 1 pm in Waco. Breakfast is not provided.  Meeting location at UMHB to be announced.  Participants will provide their own transportation from Belton to the Waco area. There will be a small fee for the Mammoth park (less than $5). Enrollment may be limited.

If you wish to attend please send name(s), details and contact information to: • Dr. Chris Barker (, 936-468-2340.

Field trip leaders: Dr. Barker and Dr. Larell Nielson from Stephen F. Austin State University.