Fulgurite Trip – Lake Wales Ridge Sand Pits (April 1st, 2023)

Posted on: February 24th, 2023 by segsmember


Registration for “Fulgurites of the Lake Wales Ridge Sand Pits” Field Trip with SEGS on April 1, 2023.

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We are happy to announce that we will once again be hosting a Field Trip to the sand pits of Lake Wales Ridge courtesy of long-time SEGS member Marc Hurst and colleagues at C.C. Calhoun, Inc. This is an opportunity to learn about Plio-Pleistocene Cypresshead Formation sands and do some fulgurite hunting, as previously enjoyed and documented in our 2011, 2017, 2018, and 2019, and 2020 Newsletters, website photo gallery, and SEGS Guidebooks #50 and #70.

The field trip will take place at Pit #4, 1250 Detour Road, Haines City, FL 33844 on April 1st,2023 starting at 9:30 AM.

Participation is limited to SEGS members who have paid 2022 dues (and their guests) and geology students. For members, please pay dues and register using our website PayPal button.

Transportation will consist of a caravan; drivers must comply with SEGS Participant Guidelines. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, but not required. Please arrange to carpool with others to minimize the number of vehicles

Safety Requirements

  • We will be asking members to follow all federal, state, and local guidelines to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. We have updated our waivers to reflect the seriousness of the novel disease.
  • The sites that we’ll visit are active industrial facilities. Safety glasses (sunglasses), shirts, and closed-toe shoes are required.
  • Drinks, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended.
  • Pets and unaccompanied minors are not allowed at the mine.
  • For questions, contact Sammy Smith at 813-785-6363 or president@segs.org

Registration and Fees

Participation is limited to SEGS members who have paid 2023 dues (and their guests) and geology students. For members, please renew here.

  • The price is $10 for current (2022) SEGS members; free students.
  • For efficiency, SEGS will be limiting signups to electronic forms only, with manual registration available only on request.
  • We are enforcing a hard cut off for event registration on Thursday, March 30th. We won’t be accepting registrations the day of (April 1st) or the day before the event (March 31st).


  • SEGS Guidebooks #50 and #70 are available for you to print.

Electronic Registration

  • At the top of the page, in the dropdown, please select the appropriate option and click “Add to Cart” to register for the trip.
  • During checkout, you will be routed to a waiver you can sign electronically, and then to the registration and payment form. Since every participant needs to complete a waiver, you can only register one person at a time, but it’s fast!
  • If you have trouble with the electronic registration, please email treasurer@segs.org for a manual registration option.

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