Explore the world with HMNS!
Go on tour with HMNS! We plan educational trips to international destinations. Full itineraries for the following trips will be available soon.
Travel with HMNS in 2014 for an adventure of a lifetime!
Classic Paleontological & Geological Locations
Germany - Switzerland
September 19 - 29, 2015
Nestled in the mountains of Germany and Switzerland are classic fossil localities and important geology and natural history—created when Africa collided with Europe forming the Swiss Alps and the Jura Mountains. The Jura Mountains are the remains of a giant coral reef system that flourished during the Jurassic—hence the name Jura mountains. Each layer in a quarry is like a page in a natural history book.
In this once-in-a-lifetime paleontology adventure to fossil localities and museums, you can visit private quarries with HMNS and collect fossils that will be yours to keep.* These are sites where amazing fossils have been discovered! Many of the specimens in HMNS’s new Morian Hall of Paleontolgy came from this area, and our local paleontologist guides were instrumental in helping these fossils make their way to Houston.
Our primary focus in Germany will be Jurassic sites and museums, however we will also have the opportunity to visit the remarkable Eocene site known as the Messel Pit. In Switzerland, in addition to the Triassic playteosaur site and unique sauriermuseums, we will experience the grand geology of the Alps. We will witness views beyond compare on gondola rides up mountainsides, an amazing hike behind a waterfall, and a trek through a glacier.
We are visiting areas not only rich in pre-history. We will also explore the interesting history of the area and visit several historical sites from different periods—Celtic, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance.
HMNS Members $5,225 per person (double occupancy), Nonmembers $5,725 per (double occupancy)
Price does not include lodging or transportation to/from Germany/Switzerland.
This trip is limited to 28 participants.
For complete itinerary, click here.
The Islands of Sanibel, Captiva and Coya Costa
October 11-15, 2015
This coastal adventure takes place on the Florida islands of Sanibel, Captiva and Coya Costa—the best shelling grounds of the continental U.S.—with Tina Petway, HMNS associate curator of malacology. On this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to beachcomb with an expert who will teach you tips for finding and identifying shells along the Gulf of Mexico, you will also encounter native wildlife—manatees, alligators, dolphin and birds—as well as beautiful tropical botanicals. Participants will learn about coastal and marine ecosystems and learn of the ecological factors that put these systems at risk.
$930 per person for HMNS Members, $1,130 per person for nonmembers.
New negotiated hotel rooms at $129 per night.
Price does not include lodging or transportation to/from Houston/Florida.
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