The rugged and remote landscape of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is fascinating and awe-inspiring. As you admire the colorful layers of volcanic clay on the Sheep Rock Cam, imagine what ancient wonders lay hidden there, encased in a tomb of hardened ash for millions of years.
Fortunately, you don't have to rely entirely on your imagination! Our Paleo Lab Cam gives you a backstage glimpse of real scientists at work. You'll be able to watch, in real time, as our paleontologists meticulously prepare fossils for study and public display.
Sheep Rock is one of the magnificent centerpieces of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, rising over 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Colorful, fossil-rich volcanic ash layers are visible on its slopes. This camera refreshes every 2.5 minutes.
Science takes center stage at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Our Paleontology Lab Cam allows you to watch our paleontologists remove rock from around fossils. Sometimes there are other tasks to do, but when they are working on other projects, they usually leave a fossil that they have been working on in the camera's field of view. The lights usually come on at 9am Pacific and go out at 5pm Pacific. This camera refreshes every 20 seconds.