Burpee offers Fossil Field Trips

Burpee offers Fossil Field Trips


The Burpee Museum of Natural History announces the following 2002 schedule for the popular “Family Fossil Field Trips.”The Family Fossil Field Trips provide amateur fossil hunters with rare opportunities to collect fossils from many different proven sites in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa. For families and beginners, these trips are an enjoyable and educational way to spend an afternoon working as a team and hunting for signs of ancient life. Imagine holding a small piece of the Earth’s history that is more than 400 million years old in your own hands! These trips will include sites covering a variety of geologic periods, including the Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian and Carboniferous.

The dates for the 2002 trips are:

May 4 (1-4 p.m.) Rockford Blacktop’s Farm Quarry

July 13 ( 9 a.m.-12 p.m.) Lone Star Quarry in Oglesby, Ill.

July 27 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) Wacker Railroad Cut in Carroll County

Aug. 10 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) Location TBA

Aug. 24 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) Location TBA

Sept. 14 (1-4 p.m.) Location TBA

Sept. 28 (1-4 p.m.) Location TBA

Oct. 12 (1-4 p.m.) Location TBA

Oct. 26 (1-4 pm) Location TBA

Participants meet at the designated quarry. An information packet, including a map and driving directions, will be mailed to everyone who signs up for the trip. The cost of the trip is $15 for non-members and $10 for members; children ages 5-15 receive $5 off the adult cost. For more information about the fossil field trips, call Mike Henderson at the Burpee Museum of Natural History at (815) 965-3433

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