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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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Millions of years ago, this fossil site was a lake rich in plant and animal...

Millions of years ago, this fossil site was a lake rich in plant and animal life.

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I took my daughter and her daughter over to find some rocks. They had a ball. You can rent the tools you will need at the office. Go have some fun.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sallie G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took my daughter and her daughter over to find some rocks. They had a ball. You can rent the tools you will need at the office. Go have some fun.

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Thank Sallie G
Lynden, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We wanted to find fossils and as it is not legal to remove almost anything from any public lands in our state, this was an opportunity we couldn't pass up. It was a 5 1/2 hour drive from home, so we drove one day, spent the morning the next day at the site and came home on the third day.... More 

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Spokane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We didn't take advantage of the fossil hunting which might have been fun if it was cooler. We enjoyed looking at the different fossils, and my mom enjoyed listening to the visitor from England asking the aide questions. (My mother didn't think she could ask him questions, and he wasn't really welcoming; however that didn't thwart the Englishwoman so he... More 

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Seguin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped in for the first time and decided to take my chance and see if I could find a fossil. Well to my pleasure I was able to find a fossil of a Pine needle and beetle larvae. I have it proudly displayed at my house and is now a conversation piece. It can be a little challenging for... More 

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Thank Wash-Tex
tacoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family greatly enjoyed our visit to the interpretive center where we learned about the local shale which holds 50 million year old fossils of plants and fish. Renting a bag including a hammer and chisel, we went to the local site to spend some pleasant hours splitting rocks and occasionally finding a specimen - a piece of a leaf,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

This is a must do for families of all ages. We had a blast with grandkids digging and hammering for archeological treasures. Super friendly educational staff got us started and we searched for several hours. Reasonably priced entrance fee (only $5 for seniors and teens) and you can rent the necessary hammer and spike for another $5. When you're done... More 

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Thank Deb G
Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This is the second time in 6yrs my husband and myself have come to dig at Stonerose. We love this site and already have an collection of fossils from this Eocene lake bed. This is a fabulous fun family learning experience for everyone, especially if you don't mind getting a bit dirty! The Interpretive Center is very interesting displaying fossil... More 

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Thank Rosemary M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This is a fun place for the whole family to come and share the experience of paleontology. You can take a step back in time to dig for fossils. Especially great to bring the kids to have fun while learning about the earth.

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Thank Anna H
Republic, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

First a trip to the office to pay a very minimal amount, receive your chisel and hammer, and box for your findings, check out the fossils displayed, get your instructions on how best to find your treasures, and then a short track to the site. There are even shaded picnic tables for you to sit at and hammer away on... More 

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Tonasket, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

You actually are able to dig on the site of relics from the past, ie amber, gold, etc. You can ususally take what you find home, but they do like to check it out and sometimes they may ask for it back.

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