An optional field trip takes place on Sunday, May 13.


We will spend the morning and early afternoon in the beautiful Connecticut countryside looking at a lava flow that overwhelmed a stand of conifers in the earliest Jurassic, the trackways and exhibits at Dinosaur State Park, and two stops in South Britain, CT to see a large specimen of petrified wood in a local museum and the site of “Connecticut’s Petrified Forest”, which constitutes the second-oldest documented paleobotanical locality in the United States (Hickey et al., 2011). Transportation, a boxed lunch, admission fees to the state park, and a guidebook are included in the price for the trip.