Interesting Rockhound Links

Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois -very active with the Chicago area museums, Field Museum, Burpee and Lizzardo Museum:

Illinois State Geological Survey - Public fieldtrips twice a year - watch this site for updated info:

Central United States Earthquake Consortium - about the New Madrid Fault Zone:

USGS Maps and publications: /

Mid America Paleontology Society - Best fossil show in the Midwest:

Maps show :   The theme for Expo 2012 will be the Pennsylvanian Period, and the show will run from
Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st, 2012 in Macom at WIU.

Lizzadro Museum - Awesome Lapidary museum and has great field trips that kids can attend:

Upcoming March 24, 2012
“Mazon Creek Fossil Collecting Field Trip”
Join Jim Fairchild of the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois on a trip to Braidwood, Illinois to collect Mazon Creek fossils at the world famous site Pit 11. Learn what to look for when collecting these special fossils and how to open them. Travel by motor coach, bring a sack lunch and get ready to collect. Make reservations early, this field trip fills up fast!
Field Trip - 8 yrs. to Adult
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$30.00 per person
Museum Members $25.00 per person
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

Burpee Museum -
May 28, 2012
Expeditions: Travel to Utah with Burpee Museum for the adventure of a lifetime!
This is your opportunity to join the team that discovered and excavated Burpee's T. rex Jane and Homer - a juvenile Triceratops. In Utah's Morrison Formation you will work on excavating some of the largest dinosaur bones Burpee has ever collected. Whether you're a seasoned paleontologist or just curious about the past, this trip will be an experience to remember. If you are not sure if this is for you, come to one of our Orientation Sessions to hear more. Open to ages 18+
Utah Session 1 starts May 28th. Visit our web site for more detailed information Burpee Expeditions