Fossils at Wheeler High School

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Fossils at Wheeler High School

Fossils at Wheeler High School
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Vacation664773
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Finding Fossils
Jun 2021
If its open, visit the Oregon Paleo Land Center before to get knowledge about what to look for before going to the site behind the high school. It’s not necessary to dig....just check out the rocks others have dug up and you’ll find fossils with leaves, seeds, etc. Gently separated the layers and your find even more. Lots of fun.
Written June 13, 2021
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Amy M
3 contributions
Hunting for fossils
Nov 2020
At first, it was difficult because we didn't know what we were looking for. With some help from an experienced fossil hunter, we quickly found several. Very fun!
Written November 13, 2020
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Jo J
46 contributions
Fossil Hunting Made Easy
Sep 2020
When entering the small town of Fossil, the County Seat of Wheeler County, it took a while driving in circles to find the free dig site behind the Wheeler High School. A welcome relief was the port-a-potty in the parking lot of the School. The donation box is to the right of the trail up do the digging grounds. The trail is very thin as it head up to the hill. The digging site is fenced off and has signs of where not to dig. As this was my first trek for fossil hunting, I hammered away not knowing I was probably obliterating fossils. After a few hours I was hot, discouraged and ready to leave when a woman asked me what I had found. When I responded, “nothing” she produced her many finds. I parked where she led me and found myriad fossils but the rock was very fragile. I had been trying too hard – they were there for the picking. I stayed until nightfall and had a delightful first fossil hunting trip. So put your rock hammer away and enjoy the fossil finds at Fossil, Oregon.
Written October 4, 2020
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Grichd
Inman, SC42 contributions
Fossil Hunting
Jul 2020
Very few places to dig for fossil. This is an easy place to dig. We found several nice specimens of leaf fossils. Bring a fine tool to split open the layers to open up to the fossil.
Written July 13, 2020
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Michael G
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Fossil hunting behind Wheeler High School
Aug 2019 • Solo
Fantastic fun ! I found more fossils than I could
Carry ! You don’t need to work very hard and though some tools are provided, I would bring my own. A trowel, a brick hammer a screwdriver or a chisel and a brush will do everything you need to do. Dig down about 10” to 15” and you will hit a thin layer of limestone. Split that limestone lengthwise and the odds are high that you will find a prehistoric
treasure !
Written August 11, 2019
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Traci S
Beaverton, OR347 contributions
It's changed so much!
Jul 2019 • Family
I had been here over 40 years ago for a middle school archeology field trip. I had wanted to go back ever since and was so disappointed in the fields, yes, I waited too long! When I was here the hill was covered with soft sand stone type rock and you could find an excellent fossil in no time or just picking up one already exposed. There is very little left, I saw people taking more than they were supposed to and now you have to dig into the hillside to try to unearth the fossils. It took awhile but found a somewhat decent fossil, not like the ones I have from years ago.
Written July 21, 2019
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lee b
5 contributions
free. keep what you find
Oct 2018 • Family
Behind the H.S. you will go back 45 million years. It will take some time digging but you will find the time worth the effort.
Written February 6, 2019
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abearfellow
630 contributions
Very cool little place in middle oregon. Beware of heat
Aug 2018 • Couples
We were doing a little cross country commute from southeast washington to Bend, and found the town of Fossil on the road map. We mostly came through here to see the Fossil museum which of course had very little to do with fossils and everything to do with the town (worth a stop).
The Wheeler high school site was fun. Apparently, they patterned it after the Stonerose in Republic, Washington. The only similarity is that they requested a $5 donation which you leave in the container at the entrance (Republic is world class, this is less so). There are a few tools that you can borrow - so, if you are packing your own stuff, bring chisel, hammer, knee pads, hat, and water.
It was brutally hot the day we were there so my wife cracked left over rocks in the shelter. We found one leaf - probably alder. A little more difficult than Stonerose or Addy because you had to dig into the hillside rather than having the hillside exposed.
Worth an hour if you are in the area
Written October 1, 2018
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travelingchris2018
Portland, OR10 contributions
Great fun for the kids (and adults)
Aug 2018 • Family
It took me 40 years to return to Fossil, this time with my kids. They had a great time trying to find fossils. We found a few partial pieces. Tools were provided and a donation is requested. I remember being able to find more fossils the last time I was here, and was later told that you need to dig for rocks rather than trying to just pick random rocks on the groud,
Written September 2, 2018
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AnnKirby
Vancouver, WA655 contributions
Fun Finding Fossils
Jun 2018 • Family
Karen at the Paleo Museum in Fossil demonstrated how to crack open shale to discover fossils. She directed us to the high school where we found a sign, trail, tools to borrow, the donation box, and the sound of someone on the hill tapping away on rocks.

Karen said were were lucky it had rained the day before so the rocks were not as hard as usual. The pole barn up the hill has tables and chairs strewn with rocks. We brought nothing except water bottles, hence in hindsight, here’s my advice:
1. Collect shale samples at least an inch thick
2. Use dark red rocks lying around that are much denser as a base on which to place the shale piece for hitting with hammer
3. Wear sunglasses or safety glasses, especially children
4. Bring a shallow box and tissue or bubble wrap for the fossils you find
5. If it’s hot, carry your inch think unopened shale to the covered area and work in the shade
6. Karen said to make sure the exposed fossils not get wet and to spray fossils with varnish. Since the rocks were vaguely damp, I waited a day before sealing the surfaces with varathane.

Well worth the drive and donation.
Written June 22, 2018
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