Thursday, February 7th, 2:30-4:30pm – Darwin Day Kick-off
Philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist Dr. Daniel C. Dennett will here for a book signing to help kick off our annual Darwin Day event.
Daniel Clement Dennett III is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science.
As of 2017, he is the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.
Dr. Dennett will be giving a talk at 7:30pm at the ETSU Millennium Center titled “Darwin’s Strange Inversion of Reasoning and Human Intelligence.” Both events are free to attend and open to the public.
Saturday, February 9th, 10am-4pm – Darwin Day
Join us for our celebration of Charles Darwin’s 210th birthday. We will be hosting our annual Darwin Day celebration with educational activities for kids as well as natural history displays and demonstrations.
Tuesday, February 26th, 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.
Gray Fossil Site exhibits are available during Hands On! Discovery Center hours:
Monday 9am-5pm (March, June, July, & August only)
Friday 9am-5pm (extended to 7pm during March, June, July & August)
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