Saturday, April 6th, 10:00am-noon – Volunteer Recruitment
Every year, the crew at the Gray Fossil Site digs, cleans, and sorts thousands of fossils, from mighty mastodons to fish and frogs. That work would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers. Join us to learn how you can be a part of the upcoming dig season!
Volunteers are needed for digging, screening, cleaning, and picking, especially once the summer dig season kicks off in May. Applications will be available at this event for those who want to sign up on the spot. No prior experience with fossils is necessary.
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.
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