Tuesday, April 30th, 4-6pm – Fossil & Artifact ID Night
You don’t have to be a paleontologist to find fossils, but identifying them is a different story. Bring in any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral and scientists at the museum will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archaeologist, paleontologist, and geologist on site. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to exhibits.
Friday, May 3rd, 1-2pm – The La Brea Tar Pits: A Historical Perspective
La Brea Tar Pits fossil preparator Sean Campbell will give a talk on May 3rd at 1:00 PM about the world famous La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles.
He routinely leads teams in the excavation of Ice Age fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits. Campbell is currently working on La Brea’s Project 23, a project involving 23 crates of fossil material saved from a nearby construction project. To learn more about the La Brea Tar Pits and Project 23, visit here: https://nhm.org/site/research-collections/rancho-la-brea/project-23
And don’t forget to stop by May 3rd at 1 PM to learn more about some of the most amazing Ice Age fossils in North America.
Wednesday, May 15th, 1-2pm – Gray Fossil Site Fruit and Seed: A Talk by Dr. Elizabeth Hermsen
The Gray Site may be famous for its fossil animals, but those critters lived in a lush world of ancient vegetation. Dr. Hermsen’s talk will explore the diversity of the site’s plants. You can learn more about Dr. Hermsen and her research in to paleobotany at her blog: http://ejhermsen.blogspot.com/
For these and other events at Hands On! Discovery Center, please visit the Calendar of Events.
Gray Fossil Site exhibits are available during Hands On! Discovery Center hours:
Monday 9am-5pm (during March, June, July, & August only)
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
Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for snow schedule closings
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.
Dwarf Tapir, Tapirus polkensis
One of many species of tapir found at 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.
A volunteer crew excavating the Rhino Pit at the Gray Fossil Site Museum and Visitor Center
Party Tapir, Tapirus celebratius
A special species of tapir only found at the Gray Fossil Site