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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
Fee: Yes
Most recent review
- Jul 8, 2014
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Durham, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
39 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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
13 helpful votes 13 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
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Astoria, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Digging for fossils behind Wheeler High School proved entertaining and educational. We found dozens of fossilized leaves dating approx. 33 million years. Tools were provided, digging was easy, and success is guaranteed! Great for families or anyone interested in paleontology/cool rocks. What an affordable, memorable souvenir for your trip to Central Oregon!

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Orange, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

While in town kind of one of those things you feel you have to do, so we did it. We ended up there on our own which was nice and quite. It was a little hot out and no shaded area really so that got kind of old. We did find a bunch of fossils though. After a little bit... More

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Oregon
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70 reviews 70 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Searching for fossils give you an idea of what it would be like to do this professionally (patience). The $5 per person cost is used for education services which is great. We were the only people there and it was a nice break from traveling.

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