Fossil leaf in sand stone.

Stonerose was featured in the season premier of Northwest Profiles on KSPS this fall. Thank you KSPS/PBS for including us in this wonderful series. If you didn’t have a chance to see our segment you can watch it here: 

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Fossil digging is closed for the season.

Thank you to our members, students, day fossil hunters

and guests for another wonderful fossil hunting season!

 Our employees are all fully vaccinated. Please see our mask policy below.

We ask that all our guests mask up when inside the Center for the health and safety of our community. We also ask that you practice social distancing when inside the Center. 

     If you feel you may be carrying the virus, have 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 community and visitors.

    When at the digging site you may unmask as long as there is space to practice distancing. 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.

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Truly inspiring to hear one of the greatest naturalists of our time talk about the importance of the hands on fossil digging experience. Here at Stonerose you can dig real fossils! Our site is open May-October. Come check us out!

Fossil–collecting is banned at Sites of Special Scientific Interest and is covered by numerous other guidelines. Speaking to Radio Times, Sir David, 86, said few children now ventured out to explore the natural world. He agreed that the situation was "a disaster in waiting".

He said: "Part of the reason for that is easy to identify, and that is because it's no longer allowed – no longer legal – to be a collector.

"I openly admit that I collected fossils!"

"And I learnt a lot from that. Now, I think it's in the ledger of law, if you were to pick up an ordinary pebble and put it in your pocket it would probably not be legal.”

"And not to be allowed to collect fossils...it's absurd. It's allowed to cut fossils in building blocks or grind to cement, it's allowed to sell fossils when quarry crushers grind fossiliferous rocks to dust... It's not allowed to collect fossils or trade, although nature itself destroys many fossils in "sites of special scientific interest" by erosion. Scientific research was stoped by law!"

His comments were supported by Chris Packham, a fellow BBC nature presenter, who said: "I can't believe that future generations will learn their trade on television, on the internet and in libraries, because the passion has to come from the heart.”
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Truly inspiring to hear one of the greatest naturalists of our time talk about the importance of the hands on fossil digging experience. Here at Stonerose you can dig real fossils! Our site is open May-October. Come check us out!

Fossil–collecting is banned at Sites of Special Scientific Interest and is covered by numerous other guidelines. Speaking to Radio Times, Sir David, 86, said few children now ventured out to explore the natural world. He agreed that the situation was a disaster in waiting.

He said: Part of the reason for that is easy to identify, and that is because its no longer allowed – no longer legal – to be a collector.

I openly admit that I collected fossils!

And I learnt a lot from that. Now, I think its in the ledger of law, if you were to pick up an ordinary pebble and put it in your pocket it would probably not be legal.” 

And not to be allowed to collect fossils...its absurd. Its allowed to cut fossils in building blocks or grind to cement, its allowed to sell fossils when quarry crushers grind fossiliferous rocks to dust... Its not allowed to collect fossils or trade, although nature itself destroys many fossils in sites of special scientific interest by erosion. Scientific research was stoped by law!

His comments were supported by Chris Packham, a fellow BBC nature presenter, who said: I cant believe that future generations will learn their trade on television, on the internet and in libraries, because the passion has to come from the heart.”

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“Fossiliferous”! What a great word!

The Center will be closed January 1st-14th. Happy new year to you and yours from all of us at Friends of Stonerose Fossils - Stonerose Interpretive Center & Fossil Site! See you @ Winterfest January 15th, downtown Republic. ... See MoreSee Less

The Center will be closed January 1st-14th. Happy new year to you and yours from all of us at Friends of Stonerose Fossils - Stonerose Interpretive Center & Fossil Site! See you @ Winterfest January 15th, downtown Republic.

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When does the fossil site open for digging in May? the website doesn't mention the hours for May 1st - 30th ...

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