MANASOTA FOSSIL CLUB
The Manasota Fossil Club was formed in 1997 to bring together those people in the Manatee and Sarasota County, Florida area who are interested in paleontology, local fossils and artifacts. We meet from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on the second Wednesday of most months, at the Las Palmas club house at 519 Albee Farm Road in Venice. Please see the newsletter for parking restrictions and meeting dates. No meetings are held in the summer, or as announced in the newsletter. Visitors and new members are always welcome to attend.
Meetings usually feature a guest or member speaker and slide shows and/or fossil displays. Raffles of donated fossil related material are often held. We are a fairly informal group and leave time at each meeting to mingle, compare finds and try to identify those "mystery" fossils.
Group field trips are available to members from time to time, as we are able to secure invitations from phosphate mines and shell pits in the area. Screening for fossils in the Peace River is another favored activity. Since tax reform budget cuts have made the building of a museum at the Celery Fields site unlikely, we are now donating identifiable fossils to the Crowley Nature Preserve. They have an educational program which includes a huge, very popular, "sand box" salted with our donated fossils. We man the fossil site during their annual Heritage Festival, provide and identify the fossils found. A small display of local Celery Field fossils is set up as a library exhibit at the Fruitville Library in Sarasota. Both our club and the S. W. club have fossil displays at the Venice Archieves and Museum in Venice. Members also donate time to speak to local schools and clubs.
For additional information:
Write to: Manasota Fossil Club, P.O. Box 2171, Venice, Fl. 34284-2171
Access our newsletter at: mfcnewsletter.htm
The 2014 Venice Shark Tooth Festival runs from April 11 through 13. Check their web site for details: http://www.sharkstoothfest.com/
Have a friend who would like to join the Manasota Fossil Club?
Copy, paste, print and mail the form below along with your check.____________________________________________________________________________
Circle: New member....... Renewal...... Update existing information___________________________________________________
ADULT $10.00 ; FAMILY $15.00
Send dues to:
Manasota Fossil Club
P.O. Box 2171
Venice, Fl. 34284-2171
Links to fossil clubs in the area and fossil related sites
Florida Museum of Natural History:http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/
Fossil Club of Lee County:http://www.fcolc.com/
Southwest Florida Fossil Club:http://www.southwestfloridafossilclub.com/
Tampa Bay Fossil Club: http://www.tampabayfossilclub.com/
U.S. Clubs and Sites: http://www.texaspaleo.com/usmaps/paleosites.html
Peace River fossils: http://www.paleocurrents.com/img/FLORIDA_PEACE_RIVER/HTML/index.htm
The Lee Creek site is full of interesting fossil shark tooth information: http://www.elasmo.com/
Interact at My Fossil Find http://myfossilfind.com
Site last updated: January 22, 2014