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Fossils at Wheeler High School

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Address: 404 Main St, Fossil, OR
Phone Number: 541.763.4303
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One of the most exciting experiences we've had

We love nature and exploring many aspects of it. Paid $5 to dig with the tools they provided. (Next time hubby would bring his own because he's that way). Within 10 min we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2015
StagerNana
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Silverdale, Washington
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Silverdale, Washington
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

We love nature and exploring many aspects of it. Paid $5 to dig with the tools they provided. (Next time hubby would bring his own because he's that way). Within 10 min we discovered a veritable leaf pile! What an experience! If you aren't interested in history or earth science this will change your outlook! Probably one of the coolest... More 

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Hermiston, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you are even a little bit interested in geology or fossils, then this will blow your mind. Fossils just laying on top of the ground. Follow the preservation guidelines please for future generations.

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Thank 2NW_Travelers
oregon
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227 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Be sure to wear sunscreen bring a hat and also bring cold water . We brought a small shovel and a pick as you really are just digging through dirt that has already been dug so you need to dig a little hole to try to find bigger pieces of unbroken rock. We stayed about 2 hours the fossils we... More 

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Thank simpleyme
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My wife, daughter and son-in-law all went to the Fossils at the Fossil School. We had a good time, but the son-in-law had the best time. He is a rockhound and had the patience to find the fossils in the dig spots. Fun for anyone who want to actually dig for fossils!

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Thank Lensdrug
South Coast UK
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43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It is amazing that in this day and age you can arrive in a world class fossil bed and be able to extract fossils without supervision....and they have an honesty box for your admission fee and throw in all the tools!...mid you you have to be determined to get here...Fossil is well off the beaten track! I hope the locals... More 

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Thank r.parker99
Salem, United States
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This wasn't what we expected. It was a very small place with very few places to dig. The new spots were fenced off so you were essentially digging where everyone else has alreay dug. We spend about an hour there and found a few leaf fossils. I doubt we would ever go back. They wanted 5.00 a person to dig... More 

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1 Thank Sue/ Tom R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Had a great time in Fossil. The drive was beautiful, the weather perfect, and the dig was productive. You can use the tools at the site, or bring your own. I suggest bringing a small rock hammer, chisels, trowel, and eye protection. Also make sure you have a full tank of gas before you leave. Not a lot of options... More 

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3 Thank paleo_man_76
Fossil, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Come to Fossil, the only place you are allowed to dig limited pieces of fossils and take them home. Remember finding some sea shells and tropical leave fossil. A small town is very friendly and warm atmospheric. You will be greeted by many folks, and never will get lost. I hope those fossil pieces will be protected at each founder's... More 

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1 Thank Hyon F
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My advice is to take the negative reviews with a grain of salt. PLENTY of fossils were to be found outside the conservation area and away from the picnic table. We discovered the best ones were in the larger darker flat rocks that we dug from the base of the hill. You'll have to break them open to find them... More 

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3 Thank C C
Vancouver, Washington
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328 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Parking was close and there so many fossils. Even my youngest grandchild was able to find some. The only thing I didn't like is that it was so freakin' cold!

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