Note: Due to a county wide planned power outage, Stonerose will have limited hours on Sunday, July 17.  The Interpretive Center will be open from 8-11am, and the Boot Hill Fossil Site will be open for fossil hunting from 8-10 am. 

Our first “Celebrate Stonerose at the Burke: Funding Fabulous Fossils!” was a success!  Read about it here.

We are open daily through Sept 4, from 8-5.  The latest time to go up to the site to hunt for fossils is 3 pm.  The site will close for your safety during extreme heat.

Sept.7 through October 30, we return to our Wednesday through Sunday schedule.

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STONEROSE INTERPRETIVE CENTER & EOCENE FOSSIL SITE

Come Find 49 MILLION YEAR OLD Fossils!

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Events

FOSSIL HUNT AT OUR EOCENE FOSSIL SITE

The public is welcome to visit Stonerose and search for fossils in our Eocene fossil beds. At the time of your visit, the Stonerose staff will explain our rules for digging and how to find fossils. After showing all your finds to the staff for identification, you may keep three fossils per day.

IDENTIFY YOUR FINDS WITH THE STONEROSE GUIDE BOOK! AVAILABLE NOW!

Publications

STONEROSE CELEBRATES NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY, A WEEKEND OF FUN, FACINATING FOSSILS

kids bugs in a boxtimeline drawingsFriday wascurlew science students with Bruce cropped Kid’s day, when local schools bring their students for kid-centric activities. Dr. Bruce Archibald discusses insects with Curlew students. Republic and Curlew students also painted their interpretations of life during the Cenozoic Era.

corner lot diggersSpeaking of bugs, Sunday’s Guided Dig Event was a big hit. Gregg Wilson led two separate expeditions to the “Corner Lot”, a site reserved for more expert diggers. Lots of insect fossils were recovered. All participants reported having a great time!

Friday evening scientists Dr. Melanie DeVore and Dr. Kathleen Pigg presented an interesting evening discussion “Paleobotany in the Okanogan Highlands and why Republic, especially Stonerose, really matters”.  

 Saturday evening, Dr. Bruce Archibald presented “Ants, Bees and Wasps; How They Changed the World”.  Both presentations were free of charge and open to the public.


 

Our Famous Fossil

Stonerose's famous Florissantia Quilchenensis fossil (flower from an extinct cocoa tree).

Stonerose’s famous Florissantia Quilchenensis fossil (flower from an extinct cocoa tree).

Lisa Barksdale, former Stonerose Curator, and Wes Wehr, former paleobotanist for the Burke Museum, found this amazing lobed Florissantia quilchenensis. This specimen was pictured in the National Geographic magazine in July 2002 in an article titled “The Big Bloom,” because of … Read more

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