Monthly field trips -Amy Puls

Open to all  Rocky Mountain Federation  Club members


We had a great trip in February to the Museum of Osteology.  We had a class on learning how to identify animal skulls and bones by looking at their specific features. As we hunt the rivers and streams of Oklahoma, we now have the tools to identify some of the many bones that we may encounter.  

For April we are not going to have a specific field trip as every weekend has a local or regional show.  Support other Rock and Mineral Societies by taking a trip to see some of our fellow clubs!  

April 7-8—SILOAM SPRINGS , ARKANSAS: Annual show; Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society , Siloam Springs Community Building; Mt Olive Street; Fri. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; Adults $3; Demonstrations, displays, silent auctions, door prizes. ; contact Dave Leininger, 14029 White Oak Lane, Bentonville, AR 72712, (479)-721-1579; e-mail:; Web site:

April 14-15—ABILENE, TEXAS: Annual show; Central Texas Gem & Mineral Society, Abilene Convention Center; N 6th & Pine; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; Admission $3, Children 6-12, $1.50; under under 6 & Scouts and Military in uniform free; Central Texas Gem & Mineral Society. Exhibits, Wheel of Fortune, dealers, fossils, rare minerals, cut and uncut gems, fluorescent display, lapidary supplies and rough, jewelry making equipment, beads, Crack your own Geode, Silent Auction, door prizes, grand prize drawing; proceeds benefit scholarship program. ; contact Kay McDaniel, 3118 Woodglenn Cove, Abilene, TX 79606, (325)-668-8558; e-mail:; Web site:

April 20-22—WICHITA, KANSAS: Annual show; Wichita Gem and Mineral Society, Cessna Activity Center; 2744 George Washington Blvd; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $5, Students ages 12-17 $1, Children under 12 free with adult admission; contact Jerry Honas, PO Box 1464 , Wichita, KS 67201-1464;

April 27-28—ADA, OKLAHOMA: Annual show; Ada Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Club, Pontotoc County Agriplex; 1710 N Broadway Ave; Fri. 8-6, Sat. 9-5; Free Admission ; contact Bobby Freeman, 1111 East Central Blvd, Ada, OK 74820, (580)-235-5946; e-mail:

Past field trips for 2017

Tulsa Rock Club June Fieldtrip
The few to brave the June field trip through unpredictable weather and hurricane Cindy made it to the Crater of Diamonds and enjoyed two days of beautiful weather.  The onsite staff taught us how to screen for diamonds and surface hunt for diamonds.  We successfully kept cool sloshing in the water and mud. Though our group did not find any diamonds, pink and brown jasper and quartz crystals filled our pockets along the way.  We were also able to take home some gravel to continue our diamond hunt at home, so in many ways, the trip is not over.
Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing site in the world where the public can search for diamonds. And the policy here is "finders, keepers," meaning the diamonds you find are yours to keep.
To hunt for diamonds you will search atop a 37 1/2-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of an ancient, gem-bearing volcanic crater. You will access this field through the Diamond Discovery Center, an engaging interpretive center featuring exhibits and an A/V program explaining the three most popular methods of searching for diamonds. The park staff provides free identification and certification of diamonds found here.
Pets are allowed in all park facilities, with the exception of the park gift shop, Diamond Springs Water Park, and Kimberlite Cafe, as long as they remain on a leash under the owner's control at all times.
The diamond-bearing soil in the diamond search area is plowed periodically when weather allows to help bring more diamonds to the surface. Plowing is unscheduled but generally takes place once a month during spring, summer, and fall. Historical structures, old mining equipment, washing pavilions, and sun shelters are located on the field. Diamond mining tools are available for rent or purchase at the park.

Fees to search for Diamonds
Adults -$10
Children (ages 6-12) $6
Children under 6 years old
Admission is good for the entire day. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, tickets purchased after 6 p.m. are also good for admission the following day.
Organized groups of 15 or more may receive half price admission by reserving a date of visit with park staff at least 24 hours in advance. NOTE: Organized groups do not include large family groups.

Our fieldtrip to The Great Salt Plains  Saturday, April 15 was a success. The weather was cool and overcast, but not too cold.  The wind blew, but not too strong so that we couldn’t find some beautiful and unique crystals for our collections. Every rock is a memory and we made lots of them on this trip.  Thanks to all who attended.

August  2017- Lake Oologah.  We will meet at 9:00 AM in the parking lot just west of and below the dam outlet along the Verdigris River.  James Puls will be teaching us about finding various fossils, fossil mud cracks, agate, jasper, chalcedony, and petrified wood along the Verdigris River and Oologah Lake. Bring it will likely be hot so sunscreen, hat, water, and a packed lunch/snacks is recommended. We should enjoy lower water levels in August however, so that will be a plus.

September 2017 - Our field trip is scheduled for September 23rd the the Quarry for Neolithics.  The address is 68731 East 70 Rd, Quapaw, OK 74363  We will meet at 10:30 AM  At the quarry you can sift through and look for Keokuk chert among other rocks.  You can fill a 5 gallon bucket for $25 or it is $0.45 per pound.  Other rocks available include black obsidian, mahogany obsidian, banded obsidian, silver sheen obsidian, Texas Flint, heat treated Keokuk whole rock which cost around $1.50-$2.50 per pound.  Please contact Amy Puls at 918-430-5858 or for any questions. 
 October -  field trip will be to the D. W. Correll Museum for the fall swap and potluck.  October 21st. from 10-5, if you plan on setting up a table to sell, please arrive at 9am.  There will be a potluck at noon.  Please bring a side dish, your own beverage and a chair.  
Admission to the museum is free!. The D.W. Correll Museum has something for everyone. The museum consists of two buildings. One of the buildings houses antique automobiles restored by Correll, and other items of general interest and history such as a valuable Texaco gas pump. The vehicles include an 1898 Locomobile, 1906 Cadillac, 1915 Dodge touring car, 1914 Oldsmobile, 1917 Twin 6 Packard and more. All are in working condition. A second building houses an extensive collection of bottles and decanters, rocks, gems, minerals and seashells from around the world, along with many newspaper articles concerning the construction of the Port of Catoosa.  Be sure to visit the gift shop!.  The address is 19934 E. Pine Street, Catoosa, OK 74105.  Please feel free to contact the D.W. Correll Museum for more information.   (918) 266-3612  or Amy Puls at 918-430-5858.

I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Hicks for opening their home for our annual Spring Swap in May.  We had beautiful weather, wonderful pot-luck meal and auction. We all look forward to next year!