The CDCM Club hosts field trips throughout the summer and fall to many collecting sites in New York and other nearby New England states.

Our club membership in the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc. (EFMLS) includes group insurance for our trips. In many cases, insurance alone is a determining factor with a private land owner or mine/quarry operator in allowing the club to collect on their property.

Recent trips have included:

  • The LaFarge Quarry – Ravena, NY
  • Barris Ledge – MA
  • Area mines, localities – Gouverneur, NY
  • Mohawk River – NY
  • Quarry site – Old Batcherville, NY
  • Railroad cut site – Minerva, NY
  • Various sites – Minerva and Newcomb, NY
  • Tahawus, NY
  • Natural Stone Bridge & Caves – Pottersville, NY
  • Adirondack Labradorite locality
  • Gold site – Stowe, VT
  • Various sites – Walworth, NY
  • Club’s claim – Fonda, NY

The CDMC strongly recommends members obtain the following items for use on club field trips.

Collecting Equipment

  • Hammers
    • Geology Rock Pick & Geology Chisel Head Hammer
    • Crack Hammer
    • Sledge Hammer
  • Chisels – Assorted types and sizes (for rock use only)
  • Pry-Bars/Crow Bars
  • Small Shovel (old military folding type recommended)
  • Small Garden Scoop and Rake
  • Collecting Bags; Plastic Containers
  • Wrapping Materials
  • Labels
  • Notebook, Pencil/Pen
  • Magnifier
  • Magnet
  • Streak Plate
  • Knife
  • Thick Glass Plate
  • Maps and Related Information Specific to the Collecting Site


Clothing & Safety Equipment

  • Heavy Duty Gloves
  • Safety Glasses (shatterproof)
  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Vest, Jacket (bright or florescent in color)
  • Boots/Shoes (preferably steel-toed)
  • Extra Socks
  • Knee Pads
  • Rain Gear – including Rain Boots
  • Flashlight – extra Batteries
  • Compass and GPS
  • Cell Phone


Personal Care Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications
    • Special RX if applicable
    • Benadryl (allergic reactions to poison plants or insect bites)
    • Aspirin, Tylenol – (Pain Reliever)
  • Antibiotic Cream or Salve (Hydro-cortisone)
  • Sunblock
  • Lip Balm (Chap-Stick or similar)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Disinfectant Hand Sanitizer, Soap
  • Paper Towels


Food and Drink

  • Energy Bars or equivalent
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Water, Sports Drinks, Soft Drinks, etc.
  • Cooler, Ice