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Fossils at Wheeler High School

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Address: 404 Main St, Fossil, OR
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+1 541-763-4303
Fee: Yes

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Easy to find fossils, fascinating.

This site is of a lake bed. The deposit is mostly leaves. It's easy to find fossils which were alive 30 MILLION years ago, but no dinosaurs. It contains a lot of Oregon's State... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 15, 2016
Lauretta B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

This site is of a lake bed. The deposit is mostly leaves. It's easy to find fossils which were alive 30 MILLION years ago, but no dinosaurs. It contains a lot of Oregon's State Fossil, the metasequoia. So go and find your own message left to you from 30 million years ago.

Thank Lauretta B
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

A five dollar donation to the local Fossil High School allows you to excavate for real fossils. Simple tools are provide to aid in your search. Years ago, while carving out their athletic field, the locals realized they'd un-earthed a treasure trove of plant and ancient early mammal artifacts. The diggings are within an easy walk, albeit not handicap accessible.

Thank Oregon-ByDesign
Aloha, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Our grand daughters were thrilled with all the fossils they found! So easy to access for children and very informative!

Thank Penney H
Portland, OR, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

You can't take fossils from the nearby John Day Fossil Beds National Park, so this is the place to go if you want to dig. Directly behind the high school in Fossil. $5 per person honor pay into wood box, and tools available for use (again, the honor system). We dug for quite a while, but could find nothing more... More 

2 Thank hcajones
Issaquah, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

Directly next to the picture shown here is the Wheeler County RV Park. Reservations must be confirmed several days in advance by money order or check. Its management is part time so one needs to get way ahead in their planning. As for fossil hunting, we found this to be a unsatisfying experience. Most of the fossils are plant life... More 

Thank Skipper3436
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

The fossil beds are great for kids and adults. The local kids actually taught us the correct way to crack open the rocks to find our fossil treasures. The cost is $5 per person and kids under 5 are free. The most important tools are a hammer and flathead screw driver or chisel. Use the flat end to break flakes... More 

Thank Neil C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful time In fossil! First off everyone is very nice and very helpful! We located the highschool and dug for about 30 minutes.... Found lots of fossils and there where a lot more to be found!! I would suggest if you have children to stop and try it out!

Thank Bobbie W
Boise, Idaho
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

I was disappointed with this activity, but my kids had a good time. Our group of 9 people only found about 4 fossils.

1 Thank Amy35394
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016

We camped out at the fair grounds, dug fossils in the sun behind the high school, and ate lunch in front of the town store, on the wooden sidewalk with our three elementary age kids (who now in HS/college) still remember this a s a fun vacation! It was also a hoot visiting the site of a Biggest Loser gym,... More 

Thank Ruth K
Silverdale, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank StagerNana

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