Dig Your Own Fossils at Sylvania Park

Keeping Up With Kids  |  05/10/2011 7:00 am

One of the most special moments for a child is the realization that the seemingly ordinary rock in their hands contains a fossil.

Aiming to duplicate that feeling for thousands of local children, the Olander Park System in Sylvania is back with another season at Fossil Park, a free space where anyone can be a paleontologist for the day. Northwest Ohio was once a sea teeming with aquatic life, but 375-million-years later those prehistoric treasures are ready for re-discovery at the park's 5-acre rock quarry. It is one of only two known Devonian Era sites of such a high caliber.

The fossil hunting process is relatively easy for all ages, since the soft shale rock crumbles to the touch and trucks often dump freshly quarried stone into piles for fossil seekers to comb. The park recommends bringing a brush to help clear away dust and debris from your finds, as well as a bucket to carry fossils home.

Fossil Park is ADA-accessible and also features bike trails and restrooms. Admission, parking and fossils are free. Fossil Park is open year-round from 8:30 a.m. until 90 minutes before sunset. Fossil Park staff are available to answer questions about fossils weekends from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit http://www.olanderpark.com/pages/Fossil.htm for more information.