Delaware mineralogical society

A Delaware 501(c)(3) non-profit earth-science educational organization


Sterling Hill Mine Bus Trip



DMS Bus Trip to Sterling Hill Mine and Museum
Trip is All Day Saturday April 2,  2016

Bus Trip Registration Form
Members only Registration Opens Monday January 11
Non-member Registration Opens February 1.
Cancellation for Too Little Subscription to the Trip Would be Announced March 1
and any funds would be returned (we need 40 people to make it go)
The mineral club is sponsoring a bus trip to the world famous Sterling Hill Mine and Museum. 
Please click this link to check out their website
The deposits that were mined at Sterling Hill and nearby Franklin, NJ are exciting because
of their fluorescent beauty, are interesting because of their unique
geology and mineralogy, and are worth collecting so you can have a piece of this
fabulous rock in your own collection.
The general plan of the day (times subject to adjustment) includes touring the mine, a special junior program and collecting on the mine dumps.
There is some food concession at the museum which we are told is “well stocked”.  There is an outdoor pavilion offered to us for lunch.
by 6:30 a.m.        arrive for Registration before boarding bus. Bus will leave on time.
by 6:45 a.m.        board charter Delaware Express bus at the
Delaware Museum of Natural History
until ~ 10 a.m.    ride comfortable bus (on board bathrooms) to mine and museum in northern New Jersey (Ogdensburg)
10 a.m. – 12       guided tour of museum and mine; about 45 minutes is a breakout session specially designed by museum staff for juniors who are interested
12 – 1  p.m.        lunch indoors or at museum pavilion; bring your own or purchase lunch at the museum food stand
1 – 3:30  p.m.    collect on mine dumps; alternate plan will be in place if weather prohibits collecting
3:30                     board bus for ride back home
~ 6:45 p.m.        arrive back at the Museum
Registration and sign up details are in the attached document.   This trip is partially subsidized by DMS and first registration period is restricted to club members.
This trip is a great deal!  The fee for junior members is only  $15 and for adult members is $30 all inclusive (bus and museum admission and junior program).  
Sterling Hill Museum has cut their admission prices, waived the fee to collect, and even created a special juniors program to be run by their expert staff.
Please note that the fee you pay does not include the charge of $1.50 per pound of rock you might want to take home after your adventures on the spoil piles.
Read the attached registration information.  Sign up for this trip through Mary Ann Levan. 
To put your name on the bus list, use email, phone or in person to give me the name or names of the members and whether they are adult or junior members.
Payment must be check (mail or in person) or cash (in person).   Payment will be held until it is either due or the trip is cancelled for non subscription.

Final trip details will be email, so check yours to be sure.
best regards,
Mary Ann Levan
302 235-2778 (land line, LM)
981 Sharpless Rd.
Hockessin, DE  19707


Official Details:

Saturday April 2, 2016:  All Day: 6:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Transportation:  Leaving from the New Castle Farmer’s Market . The bus is a Delaware Express line charter bus, which has comfortable and roomy seating and rest rooms. 

Registration:  In two stages. The club is subsidizing part of the cost of the trip as a thanks to our members- we all work together to make this club a valuable and interesting resource for the local community!  We want to fill up this bus, but also offer the trip to members first so no one in the club who wants to go is left out.  So, registration is open only to club members from January 11 through January 31.  Members pay the reduced rates given below.  Sign up is then open to all from February 1 through February 29.  If we do not have 40 people signed up by March 1 (bus reservation refund date set by bus company), the trip will be cancelled and money refunded. 

Fees: Payment via check to Delaware Mineralogical Society or in cash only.

DMS adult member:   $30 includes the bus trip and museum admission

DMS youth member: $15 includes the bus trip and museum admission

All non-members: $45.50 includes bus and admission 

Extras:  Things to bring:  hammers, goggles and bags for collecting on the mine dumps (fee to collect is being waived but cost for rock is $1.50/ pound); black light “booth” is available to check specimens but bring a tarp and black light if you want your own.  Food: bring everything you will need for the day; there is a concession stand at the museum also.  Entertainment for the bus ride. 

Sign up and payment:  Mary Ann Levan, at meeting, phone, email.  Cash in person, checks through mail.  I need names, Y/N DMS member, adult or junior, amount paid.  Include this information with your payment.

Mary Ann Levan  home phone (L.M.) (302) 235-2778  

Email:   or  

Address:  981 Sharpless Rd. Hockessin, DE  19707

Bus Trip Registration Form