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Fossils at Wheeler High School

404 Main St, Fossil, OR
541.763.4303
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Fossil
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

After paying our $15 we were disappointed to only be able to dig through the scree. The main fossil "wall" was now in a "conservation area" & we could not access it.

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greensboro
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Cruise up the Wheeler high school and park around back to the right of the school. There is a kiosk (read it!) and a fee box, (5 bucks per person), and tools to lend. It is the ONLY place you can dig for and keep you millions of years old fossils! And its not hard. Almost any rock you pick... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It is just plain fun to pound rocks. And if they cleave to reveal a bit of fern or partial leaf imprint, so much the better.lots of kids asking us if we found anything great. Good family outing to combine with Chinese museum and Painted Hills. Modest looking entrance and do donate to the school. You'll be glad to add... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The wife and I were looking forward to finding some interesting plant fossils from this area. We found the site easily enough behind the high school. We got our tools and proceeded on up the hill. We passed a covered picnic table that was used to pound some rocks apart. After digging in the hill side for about an hour... More

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Albany, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We wandered about and enjoyed learning all sorts of history. Great weather at the time of year helped.

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Albany, Oregon
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126 reviews 126 reviews
41 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The trip to Fossil is a bit more difficult than it looked on the map. Be sure you have a full tank of gas as services are sparse in this area. My 10 year old is into geology and fossils so we sought out a place to dig and take authentic fossils. Behind Wheeler HS there is a small slope... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
39 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went here because of all the positive reviews and we were looking for something "different" to do. It was quite a drive, and there is not much to the town. BUT, it was actually pretty fun and interesting. Just donate $5 (donation box), pick a spot on the hill behind the field, and start digging. We found some pretty... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My triplet 10 year old boys had a great time digging for their own fossils (plants). We spent about an hour and that was plenty to get some very nice specimens.

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Portland, Oregon
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My 7 year old Son and I dug for fossils here last summer, and we had a great time. There is plenty of space for everyone to dig, and the set up is efficient. The staff was helpful, and we would do it again.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We drove in to Fossil not expecting much but to see a small historic town. We saw a sign stating that we could dig for fossils in an area behind the high school. We walked over, truly not expecting to find anything and within ten minutes we all were shouting out "I found one!". Who knew it would be so... More

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