Fossil Park - 5675 Centennial Road, just south of Sylvania-Metamora Road
About Fossil Park
Travel back in time 375-million-years ago when Northwest Ohio was a great sea teeming with life. Experience that reality today at Fossil Park in Sylvania, Ohio. Fossil Park is one of just a handful of parks of its kind in the nation, and the Sylvania area is one of only two prime Devonian Era sites on the entire planet. Visit Fossil Park and search for these world-renowned fossils in an ADA-accessible 5-acre rock quarry in a safe and controlled environment.
TOPS prohibits tools of any kind in Fossil Park. The Devonians come from Hanson Aggregate Midwest's large working quarries a mile south of Fossil Park and are already in shale soft enough to break with your bare hands.
Bring a brush to assist in cleaning your fossils, as well as something in which to carry your buried treasures home with you. An egg carton is excellent for smaller children, and a milk jug with the top removed but handle intact is great too. See the links at the bottom of the page for information on the fossils you can find and even cut-outs to put inside egg cartons for your kids.
Pets are not allowed down in the fossil pit, though they are allowed in the parking lot and on the bike trail that circles the pit.
FOSSIL PARK HOURS OF OPERATION
Admission is FREE! Parking is FREE! The fossils you find are FREE!
Fossil Park 2014 Hours:
January 1 to February 28: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Park Only, NO FOSSILS)
March 1 to 8: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Park Only, NO FOSSILS)
March 9 to 31: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm (Park Only, NO FOSSILS)
April 1 - 4: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm (Park Only, NO FOSSILS)
April 5: THE FOSSIL HUNTING PIT OPENS FOR THE SEASON
April 5 - 30: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
May 1 to 22: 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
May 23 to June 30: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
July 2 to 5: CLOSED for Sylvania Fireworks Display
July 6 to 31: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
August 1 to 23: 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
August 24 to September 1: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
September 2 to 30: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
October 1 to 12: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
October 13 to November 1: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
November 2 to 9: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
November 10: THE FOSSIL HUNTING PIT CLOSES FOR THE WINTER
November 11 to December 31: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (Park Only, NO FOSSILS)
(RESTROOM CLOSED on Jan 1, Nov 27, Dec 24, 25, 31)
Fossil Park is STAFFED on WEEKENDS from Memorial Day to Labor Day: 11am to 4pm
Updated Book on Silica Shale
The Friends University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology recently reprinted the 1975 book on the Silica Shale fossils which are collected at Fossil Park.
The reprinted, slightly updated book is available through this web site: www.crinus.info/silica.html
TOPS offers Spring & Fall Educational Field Trips at Fossil Park.
A park system Naturalist leads the one-hour program with a brief introduction, followed by roughly 45 minutes for digging and identification. Field trips are Free to Sylvania School District classes; all others are $1 per child with parents, bus drivers, and chaperones free.
For Teachers Bringing Their Students To Fossil Park:
Use these links to print out Fossil Park related lesson plans and handouts for your students.