Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Sunday, February 27, 2011

February 2011 Merit Badge Project: Field Trips

The ultimate hand-on activity is a field trip. Little can replace the thrill of discovering a precious gemstone or a fossil first-hand. Also, a lapidary project has a lot more personal value and meaning if you collected the rough material yourself.  But before you start down the road looking, you need to know the laws of your state and rules governing proper behavior for collectors and respecting private property. You also need to consider what you'll be collecting and how you'll collect it and then make and gather together the proper equipment.

Activity 1. Field trip etiquette and AFMS code of ethics.
Learn to demonstrate knowledge of the AFMS Code of Ethics (required to earn this badge). Make a permission release form. Demonstrate field trip etiquette on your next t rip.  If the trip was on private land, did you fist gain permission? Did yo provide the owner with a release form?  Did you fill in any holes you made?

Activity 2. Field trip planning.
Choose a locality for a field trip from a guidebook or from suggestions by adult members in your club. Draw a map and directions to your site.  List what you expect to find, then list the tools and supplies you'll need to collect and transport your finds home.

Activity 3. Taking a filed trip (required to earn this badge).
Take a field trip to a collecting locality.  Be sure to follow proper field trip etiquette during the trip. Have fun.

Activity 4. Record keeping.
Stat and maintain a "field journal" of what you did and what you found during your filed trips in a composition or spiral-bound notebook, three-ring binder, or other record book or on the computer. Take notes while in the field and later write up a formal report, including observations about the locality and specimens.  Pinpoint where you found your rocks, minerals, or fossils, so that others could locate the spot.

Activity 5. The indoor filed trip.
Organize a filed trip to a college geology department or to a museum, calling in advance to arrange a tour not just of exhibitions on public display, but the treasures behind the scenes.

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Through this blog pebble pups and junior members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society can access their lessons, work on assignments and projects, and receive details about field trips in the Pikes Peak Region. This Internet program is also suitable for young people who are interested in Earth science but do not live near a rock club or gem and mineral society or for young people anywhere who want a deeper dive into these topics. The only requirement is that all participants must be members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and must fill out the CSMS membership form (under important websites) and send their registration and membership fee in. Steven Veatch is the senior instructor and will need an email from you with your name, address, phone number, and permission from your parents to participate in this program.