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Looking to find out more about John Day Fossil Beds? Explore the following pages to learn more!

Explore the extraordinary fossils preserved in the John Day Basin.

Keep up with current events and the latest Cenozoic fossil discoveries at John Day Fossil Beds.

Photos & Multimedia

Even if you can't make it to John Day Fossil Beds for a visit, view the photos and other multimedia options to learn about and explore the fascinating landscape and its resources.

History & Culture

Discover the long history of paleontology in the John Day Fossil Beds region.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument protects one of the longest and most continuous records of evolutionary change and biotic relationships in North America.

Science & Research

Research at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is not limited to paleontology. In fact, there are several ongoing park projects that aim to protect and maintain the natural, scenic, and cultural resources that are prevalent here.


Teachers are welcome to bring school groups. Rangers can provide teachers with student activity guides. Our popular horse fossil and general fossil kits are also available to check out!

Kids & Youth
Drawing and coloring in the classroom is fun for the whole family. The classroom gives kids a chance to touch rocks and fossils, and use a computer microscope. Our laboratory viewing window allows visitors to watch the paleontologists at work.

Our nonprofit partner, Discover Your Northwest, operates a bookstore at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. Some items from the John Day Fossil Beds store are also available on their website.


John Day Fossil Beds National Monument welcomes comments about its programs and activities. Comments specific to the Superintendent's Compendium will be accepted at any time.

Last updated: December 29, 2017

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32651 Highway 19
Kimberly, OR 97848


541 987-2333

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