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Gray Fossil Site & Museum

The Gray Fossil Site and Museum is a place where visitors can get up close and personal with an active Miocene-era fossil dig site. Scientists believe the site was formed by an underground limestone cave that collapsed and created a sinkhole. This left a vast fossil deposit that dates back 4.5 – 7 million years ago. Animals that have been unearthed so far include: saber tooth cat, alligator, tapir, rhinoceros, short-faced bear, and a mastodon as well as hundreds of plants and other animals.

Come by the Museum to learn more about this incredible discovery and even take a tour of the dig site itself!

For More Info, visit the ETSU Center for Excellence in Paleontology.

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November 2017

Biome Zones

November 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Daily until December 3, 2017
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Unearth the wonderful world of biomes in honor of Geography Awareness Week! Experience animal adaptations with blubber gloves, uncover the illusion of camouflage with a sorting survival challenge, and test your knowledge with a biome trivia game.  Programs announced periodically throughout each day.   Museum Hours Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am-5:00pm Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00pm Monday 9:00 am-5:00 pm (March, June, July, & August only) The Museum is closed the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day,…

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Owl Pellet Pop-in Activity

November 25 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Why give turkeys all the attention this weekend when owls are such a hoot?  Stop by anytime between 10:30-2:30 for the opportunity to dissect and take home a real owl pellet of your own.  Dissection materials and charts provided.  Children must be supervised at all times. Materials fee of $4 in advance or $6 at door per person, while supplies last. To reserve your owl pellet, email reservations@handsonmuseum.org by Wednesday, November 15th. Museum Hours Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 10:00…

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Fossil & Artifact ID Night

November 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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You don't have to be a paleontologist to find fossils. Identifying them is a different story.  Bring any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral to Fossil & Artifact ID Night, and scientists at the museum will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archaeologist, paleontologist, and geologist on site. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to exhibits. Museum Hours Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am-5:00pm…

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December 2017

Curious Coal

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Daily until January 7, 2018
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Tuesday, December 5th - Sunday, January 7th - Curious Coal Celebrate Miner's Day by learning about the link between coal and fossils. Get an up close and personal look by examining coal specimens and core samples.  Programs announced periodically throughout each day.   Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am-5:00pm Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00pm Monday 9:00 am-5:00 pm (March, June, July, & August only)

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Miniature Terrarium Pop-in Activity

December 23 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Saturday, December 23rd, 10:30am-2:30pm - Miniature Terrarium Pop-in Activity Looking to brighten up your home or office this winter? On the hunt for a last minute gift?  Stop by anytime between 10:30-2:30 to make your own miniature Mason jar terrarium.  Children must be supervised at all times. Materials fee of $3 per person, while supplies last.

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