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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
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Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
54 helpful votes 54 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

OK, sorry for the poor joke. I really liked my overnight stay in Fossil. Dinner at RJs, breakfast at the Country Cafe, a good night's sleep at the Fossil Motel and RV Park (where I could see the stars at night and hear the rooster crow in the morning--or the peacocks!). But the most fun was digging at the fossil... More

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Hermiston
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Our granddaughters, ages 6 and 8, really enjoyed searching for fossils. Everyone was successful finding a good specimen. The granddaughters used a chart provided by the caretaker to identify their finds. We were there on a Saturday, but it wasn't crowded. It was very hot and there was no shade. Make sure you take sun screen, wear a shade hat,... More

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Astoria, Oregon, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

a must do when in town, you can spend a little time in the field and find a real fossil! tools are provided, just return them when you are finished. No charge.

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