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Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site

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Address: 15-1 N. Kean Street, Republic, WA 99166
Phone Number: (509) 775-2295
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Description: Millions of years ago, this fossil site was a lake rich in plant and...
Millions of years ago, this fossil site was a lake rich in plant and animal life.
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Quite easy to get fossils. Good introduction on how to use the chisel and hammer, and it is basically guaranteed to walk away with some excellent, whole fossils. Mostly leaves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Quite easy to get fossils. Good introduction on how to use the chisel and hammer, and it is basically guaranteed to walk away with some excellent, whole fossils. Mostly leaves. How often do you get to discover your own fossils out of rock? This was too cool.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

If you are interested in the geological history of the area, and like looking at - and finding! - fossils, this is a must-see. Plus it's in the historic doctor's house.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We stopped by Stone Rose at the recommendation of the U.S. Customs agent at the border. The kids really enjoyed looking at the museum exhibits, and of course digging for fossils. For a small fee you can dig all day and keep a few specimens to take home. The very helpful, knowledgable staff will sort thru and identify your specimens... More 

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Republic, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Stonerose is a great place to take your family. I've been with children of all ages and they all loved the process of discovery. The staff are wonderful at ensuring that you always have something interesting to take home.

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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was very excited and looking forward to my experience at Stonerose, and indeed did have a very good time when I was discovering fossils. It was my experience when I was with a staff member as she went through my quite exceptional discoveries that was the problem. I had found some very good examples of deciduous leaves that were... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Stonerose is an unusual fossil site, where collecting is actively encouraged! Most fossil sites either forbid collecting or charge exorbitant fees ... Stonerose is reasonably priced, family-friendly, and very educational. You are allowed to keep 3 fossils per person, but you can collect as many as you like, and select the 3 you like the most. The friendly staff will... More 

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Freeland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Bring your own hammer and chisel; (you save $5.00). Rent the tools or bring your own it still is a fun and different thing to do. It is located 1 block off the main street of town. The dig site is 2 blocks form the office (pay area). I suggest slacks / old shoes and a hat and gloves. The... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our family of five spent half a day in early August at the fossil site. First, Republic is a cute and quaint old town. It is small, so even without having written down the address it was easy to find. The signage is good. The Museum and Interpretive Center are one block off the main drag. The folks inside are... More 

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Washington State
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

For a small fee you can dig for fossils, have them identified, and bring a few home to show off. How cool is that??? When I say dig, you are actually banging on rocks with a hammer and a chisel, so wear eye protection. How many people can show you a fossil of a prehistoric plant or insect that they... More 

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Republic, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Stonerose Interpretive Center and Fossil Site are rare finds themselves, tucked away in the scenic small town of Republic, WA. Located about 3 hours northwest of Spokane, and a day's drive from Seattle, Stonerose is definitely worth checking out if you or any family members are interested in fossils and dinosaurs. The Interpretive Center is a small spot located next... More 

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