• Knightia eocaena mass mortality

    Fossil Butte

    National Monument Wyoming

Visitor Center Activities

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A bowfin, one of several fossils on display in the visitor center
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Fossil Exhibits More than 300 fossils, including some casts, are displayed in the visitor center. Among them are several kinds of fish, a 13-foot crocodile, soft-shell turtles, two species of bats, palm frond, dragonfly, birds, bird feathers and a mass mortality of 356 fish. Plan at least 30 minutes to wander through the exhibit room and be sure to bring your camera.

Video Programs Fossils are important in understanding Earth's history. In a 13-minute presentation, two scientists discuss what they have learned about ancient Fossil Lake. This video is a good place to start your visit.

A 3-minute video shows how fossils are found and prepared for study.

Electronic Ranger The interactive electronic ranger computer program leads visitors through topics of fossils, geology, and modern day inhabitants of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem via narrated color photographs.

 
making a fossil rubbing

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Rubbing Table Fossils are often "off-limits" for touching. This hands-on experience provides the opportunity to create a fossil image to take home.
 
fossil preparation

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Fossil Preparation Demonstrations During the summer, watch lab personnel prepare a fossil. Not only can you observe, but you can ask questions, too.
 
a proud Junior Ranger

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Junior/Senior Ranger Programs To become a Junior or Senior Ranger attend a program, hike a trail, tour the fossil exhibits, and help prepare a fossil. Children earn a Junior Ranger badge and adults a Fossil Butte patch. Participant names are entered into our permanent register.

Booklets are available at the visitor center. The program is for children ages 5 to 15 and adults ages 16 and up.

Did You Know?

Chisternon undatum, Western Paleo Labs photo

The Green River Formation includes the best paleontological record of Tertiary aquatic communities in North America and possibly the world.