LGMC 2020 FIELD TRIPS

This is the list of the Littleton Gem & Mineral Club 2020 field trips planned for the collecting season up through July 25, 2020. Due to the limitations being placed on everyone by the COVID-19 virus, these initial field trips are the only ones being scheduled at this time. If the current COVID-19 situation stays steady, or improves, in the next couple months, then additional trips may be planned for later in the season.

Print the forms below, complete and bring with you to the field trip.
Covid-19 Liability Release
General Field Trip Liability Release 2020

For all trips, bring a backpack with rain gear, gloves, tools, water, lunch, and sunscreen. Some people bring a 5-gal bucket for equipment and to use as a stool to sit on (and to carry specimens back to vehicle). Appropriate field boots are strongly suggested. Do not recommend tennis shoes. Wear a good sun-protecting hat. Finally, I ask everyone to please bring/wear a face mask in line with the COVID-19 guidelines. There will be times when the mask should be worn (in the vicinity of other people), and times when you will not need to wear your mask (when digging by yourself, away from other people). Please be respectful and use good judgement.

If any trip has limitations on the number of participants, this will be designated. Registration for all trips will be done On-Line, through the Google Form attached to this notice. Registration will be on a “first come, first served” basis, and the running total of club members enrolled for each trip will be listed as people sign up. Names will continue to be added to the list, even past the cut-off limit, in the event that someone who is initially signed up has to cancel. If this occurs, the person next in line will be offered that position on the trip.

We ask that each person/family travel in their own vehicle. No carpooling, please. Also, since the number of people on some trips will be limited, we ask that only LGMC Members attend the trips—no non-member guests.

Respect personal distancing (social distancing) guidelines and maintain 6+ feet separation from other people. When arriving at the Meeting Locations for each trip, it is suggested that you remain in your vehicle, or close to it. Minimize mingling with other trip members, at least at close distances.

Many of the Club members have been on one or more of these trips, and hopefully are familiar with how to get to the respective Meeting Places. If you get enrolled in any particular trip, and are not familiar with where to go, please email Jim Hooten (jahooten@msn.com) and request a copy of a map showing directions.

June

Devils Head June 13 (Sat) in Douglas County
Smoky Hawk Mine June 19 (Fri) near Lake George
Hartsel Barite June 27 (Sat) near Hartsel

July

Topaz Mtn Mine July 11 (Sat) near Lake George
Magnetite Ridge July 25 (Sat) near Tarryall

September

Queen Bee/Honey Bee September 12 (Sat) near Harris Park
Florissant Fossil Quarry September 26 (Sat)

October

Queen Bee/Honey Bee October 17 (Sat) near Harris Park

Update to Field Trip Plan resulting from COVID-19

(Updated 6-3-2020)
This notice is to give all LGMC members an opportunity to review and sign up for 4-5 field trips that are being arranged over the next month or two. Most of the trips will have limitations on the number of participants, so it’s each person’s responsibility to watch for the announcement regarding the trips and, if you’re comfortable with attending, sign up for your choice of trip. Sign up will be On-Line sign-up, which will be included with the announcement. Sign up will be “first come first served’ up to the maximum limit of attendees. Additional names will be kept, and notified, in the event of someone withdrawing their name from the original list of eligible participants. That’s all for now. Hopefully the list of field trips will be forthcoming shortly.

The list will be posted here, with a link to sign up!

(Updated 5-7-2020)
Although everyone is anxious to get out in the field to hunt for minerals, at the present time it is recommended that we all follow the CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) Guidelines that are currently in place, relative to the COVID-19 situation, namely:

  • No travel for recreational purposes more than 10 miles from your place of residence
  • No public gatherings of groups exceeding 10 people

When these distance and group-size restrictions are lifted, the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club will have in place a list of Field Trips in which Club Members can participate. These will be trips to some of our popular Club collecting areas, typically within 1-3 hours from Denver. If there are still some limitations on group size, the rule of “first come first served” will apply. Once the trip is announced (via email), the names of responders will be listed in the order of response. Any names listed, beyond the acceptable number of participants, will be maintained on the list in their respective order of response, and added to the trip in the event of any cancellations. The trips will be announced one at a time, and each trip will have a designated Trip Leader who will have Waiver Forms for people to sign, and instructions for people to follow.

This protocol will be followed according to the guidelines in place for local counties, as well as for the State of Colorado. If any county has guidelines that restrict any non-essential visitors to their county, then those rules will take precedence over any State rules. Hopefully, County and State rules will coincide. We’ll see.

Again, this system is being put in place for when the current limitations are relaxed or removed. As to when this will occur is anybody’s guess, but I know it will occur. In the meantime, please continue to be patient and understanding. I, along with all of you, look forward to when things resume to some degree of normalcy. It may be a ‘new normal’, but it’s bound to be better than what’s currently going on.
Jim Hooten, Field Trip Chairman

Field Trip Rules and Decorum