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June 14th – Hands On! Discovery Center Opens!

Paleo Camp
Join us for three weeks of Paleo Camp in July!  Only at Paleo Camp can you dig for fossils, get a behind the scenes tour of the fossil site, and make a plaster cast of a fossil.  Additional activities include science experiments, science-based art projects, t-shirt tie-dying, and so much more!  Children ages 5 to 12 can explore and discover in our week-long summer camps sure to make life-long memories. Click here for more information or a registration form.

Ticket Information

Admission to the Gray Fossil Site is now included with admission to Hands On! Discovery Center.  Click here for ticket prices.

Plan Your Trip

Museum Hours

Gray Fossil Site exhibits are available during Hands On! Discovery Center hours:

Monday 9am-5pm (March, June, July, & August only)
Tuesday 9am-5pm
Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm (extended to 7pm during March, June, July & August)
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

Hands On! Discovery Center closed the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Other Closings:
Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for snow schedule closings

Membership Information

One-year memberships are available.

Click HERE to for more information or to purchase on-line (add-ons may be added at the front desk on your next visit)

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Group Visits

If you are coming with a group of 10 or more paying guests, you may qualify for a group discount. For more information please visit our Group Visits page.

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Dwarf Tapir, Tapirus polkensis
One of many species of tapir found at the Gray Fossil Site


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What is the Gray Fossil Site?

The Gray Fossil Site is a place where visitors can view and learn about an active Pliocene-era fossil dig site. Scientists believe the site was formed by an underground limestone cave that collapsed and created a sinkhole. This left a vast fossil deposit that dates back approximately 5 million years ago. Animals that have been unearthed so far include: saber tooth cat, alligator, tapir, rhinoceros, short-faced bear, and a mastodon as well as hundreds of plants and other animals.

Come by to learn more about this incredible discovery!

For More Info, visit the ETSU Center for Excellence in Paleontology.

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A volunteer crew excavating the Rhino Pit at the Gray Fossil Site Museum and Visitor Center

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Party Tapir, Tapirus celebratius
A special species of tapir only found at the Gray Fossil Site

Birthday Parties

Looking for a truly unique and memorable venue? We are now offering Paleo-themed Birthday Parties!  Visit our Birthday Party page to learn more

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Donate

Your donations will support STEM education. Donate today!

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Outreach

Let us come to you! If you’d like to have us give a presentation for your school, local civic club, church, or organization!

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Rentals

We offer the perfect venue for your unique corporate, community, or private event!