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Gray Fossil Site Patch Program
May 10, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Future paleontologists now have an opportunity to dig for fossils and take a special behind-the-scenes tour of the prep lab at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site.
The Gray Fossil Site Patch Program will be held at the museum on May 10th from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Patch Programs were created for 1st -5th graders. They are $15 and include all activity materials, museum admission, and a keepsake patch.
“The Gray Fossil Site Patch Program is a great way to introduce kids to the field of paleontology,” said Sarah Mullersman, education coordinator. “Each child will learn how to properly dig for fossils and how research is conducted in our labs. It is a great opportunity for hands-on experience.”
The program includes a tour of the main exhibit, and allows children to excavate on the spoil piles. Participants also do fun and interactive activities, such as “Fossil Prep 101,” which demonstrates how scientists process fossils in prep labs and “Sinkhole in a Cup,” which demonstrates how the fossil site was formed.
Future Gray Fossil Site Patch Programs will be held on August 30th and September 13th.
The ETSU Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site continually showcases the 5-million-year-old Gray Fossil Site and its unique ecosystem. Visitors are invited to observe live excavations in May through October. There are also many special events held at the Museum, such as the monthly “Lunchtime Lecture Series,” “Fossil & Artifact ID Nights” every other month, and many ongoing youth programs.