An update from Stonerose
To the Family and Friends of Stonerose Fossils,
We hope you are well and taking care during a complex and difficult time. There is nothing more important than health and security, and we look forward to a time when Stonerose can open to welcome you.
Due to the health crisis, the Interpretive Center is currently closed. The staff has been laid off. The schools who keep us busy every day in May, didn’t come this year,. Our ability to provide educational programs and recreational fossil collecting is impacted now, and in the foreseeable future as we stand to lose over 50% of our operating funds this summer.
We are scheduled to open in Phase 3 in Washington state…we just don’t know what date that might be yet. So, stay tuned for the latest, either on this website, or our Facebook page,
We are reaching out to you because we need you! Not only for operational support but for our growth.
To realize our mission and vision, the Friends of Stonerose saw a need to expand and improve the Stonerose operations. The current Interpretive Center, owned by the City of Republic, has reached capacity, with limited room for student groups, cramped displays, and space for fossil collections and scientific pursuits.
Last fall an amazing opportunity to purchase a building in a prime location on the Main Street of Republic became available. This much larger building will enable us to expand our educational programs, improve our museum displays, build a strong and diversified financial base that enhances independence, and continue to be an even greater economic force for our area.
Stonerose is ready to grow. And with a new building, we can create a premier environmental natural-history education center!
To make this vision a reality, we began a community support campaign, called a Hop, Skip, and a Jump. This represents approximately 200 steps from our current location to the new building. The initial fundraising goal was to raise at least $20,000 and we have almost reached that goal. The remodeling will take a tremendous amount of financial support for the next few years.
We hope to secure grants from major foundations which will be used to accomplish our dream. Those foundations need to know that we have your individual support, and that you believe in the role we play for science, education and the economy!
As painful as this time is, we know that amazing achievements can be reached by all working together. We acknowledge that you likely are giving in other ways during this crisis. If you can’t help us at this time, we understand. However, if you can donate for the building or operations fund, we would very grateful.
Thank you for your continued support of Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site. Please stay safe. If you have questions, contact us.
Katherine Meade, Director Mary Rourke, Acting President
We love to have new members! To become a member, click here.
Hop, Skip and a Jump Campaign:
Baby Steps any amount
Hop over for $100
Skip over for $250
Jump over for $500
Leap over for $1000 or more!
Online donations gratefully accepted www.stonerosefossil.org or send by mail to
P. O. Box 987, Republic, WA 99166
Friends of Stonerose Fossils is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, dedicated to connecting the public, scientific, and the local communities through our fossil resource and educational programs. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your donation. Our tax-exempt number is 31-1274608
THANK YOU! WE APPRECIATE YOU AND
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!