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2015 Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site School Visits

Please call or email in advance to schedule your group so that we have the appropriate staff on hand to accommodate you.

2015 Schedule at Stonerose

  • Interpretive Center Hours:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The fossil site closes at 4:00 p.m., so the latest time to begin digging is 3 p.m.
  • Interpretive Center Only:  January 2-April 25   Monday-Saturday

Boot Hill Fossil Site Open for Digging:

  • April 29-May 24                      Wednesday – Sunday
  • May 25-September 6             Daily (open Memorial Day) 
  • CLOSED Labor Day
  • September 9-November 1     Wednesday – Sunday
  • Interpretive Center Only: November 2-April 30, 2016   Monday-Saturday

We welcome school groups of all ages. The site can accommodate about 50 students at a time. If you have more than that, we split them into two groups and stagger them. You should bring the appropriate number of chaperons to help muster the groups and supervise.

Upon arrival please have a representative register with the Center. Then the group is given an age appropriate, short introduction about fossils and how to hunt for fossils. They can look at our collections on display to see the possibilities!  After orientation, they walk up to the site, which is 2 blocks away. Schedule at least an hour at the site. A staff member will accompany your group.

When they are through digging, they bring their finds down to the Center for identification. Fossil identification will take place in the park for large groups. Each child is allowed to keep 3 fossils (unless staff thinks it is of significant scientific value).

The cost for school groups is only $2 per student.  We do not charge for the adults chaperons, unless they wish to dig for fossils also. Tool rental (a rock hammer and chisel) is reduced to $2.79 + tax per student. They may also wish to bring a few extra dollars for rock/fossil specimens or snacks and beverages that we have for sale in the Center.  If you wish for us to invoice you, please let us know. We also  take checks, Visa and Mastercard.

The city park is directly across the street from the Center, and depending on your schedule, you can have your lunch there, before or after fossil hunting!  If your group is large and staggered, the groups can rotate their lunches.

Please visit the rest of our website, for other information about Stonerose. We look forward to hearing from you and having your group visit us!

Students and teachers searching for fossils.
Students and teachers searching for fossils.