The public is welcome to visit Stonerose and search for their own 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.
The Fossil Site is now closed for digging until next April. The new Fossil Center on Clark Street will be open for retail sales and viewing fossils by appointment only. Please call 509-775-2295 to schedule a time.
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We are open temporarily in our new location, right in the center of Republic. The address is 15 N. Clark.
We are open by appointment Tuesday through Saturday, for Fossil Browsing and Gift Sales from 9-5 until further notice.
Our employees will be wearing masks and social distancing as required by state regulations. WE WILL REQUIRE ALL VISITORS TO ALSO WEAR A MASK* WHILE THEY ARE IN THE CENTER and to maintain 6 foot social distancing as much as possible. Please respect others while at the fossil site.
If you feel you may be carrying the virus, been exposed, or are feeling sick, please postpone your visit for everyone’s benefit. We simply cannot afford to take a chance with the health of our dedicated staff and visitors.
We recommend that you continue to wear personal protective equipment after you leave the Center to go dig for fossils. We hope that everyone will be considerate of other diggers at the fossil site and give each other space.
Thanks to Humanities Washington, Innovia Foundation, Washington State Library, and Ferry County Sunrise for providing rapid response funding to organizations facing financial hardship! Their grants helped us purchase supplies necessary to meet CDC guidelines for safety, allowed us to hire back seasonal staff, and even allowed us to let low income youth dig for free.