Fossil Park

Welcome to Fossil Park

 

Experience the life of a fossil hunter at one of only two prime Devonian Era sites on the entire planet, at a park that is unlike any other.

When your work is done, transport your treasures home where you can continue to learn, research and remember your adventure.

Nearly 375 million years ago, northwest Ohio was a great sea teeming with life. Now, Fossil Park is rich in fossilized brachiopods, coral and more than 200 species of prehistoric life. You’re going to dig exploring for these buried treasures, and the best part is, you get to keep whatever you find!

Fossil Park’s 5-acre, ADA accessible rock quarry allows you to search for world-renowned fossils in a safe, controlled environment. The fossils come from Hanson Aggregate Midwest’s large working quarries, located just a mile south of Fossil Park. The specimens are already in shale that is soft enough to break with your bare hands, making this an activity nearly anyone can enjoy.

The Quarry Ridge Bike Trail, parking lot, and bathrooms are open year-round.


The Fossil Park Digging Pit is scheduled to open for the season on Monday, April 19! 

  • Important Visitor Information

    • To begin the season, we will NOT be requiring pre-registration to visit as we did last year. This may change based on visitation numbers. All changes will be posted on the website and social media.

    • Please remember to follow all State of Ohio Health Guidelines:

      • Maintain appropriate physical distancing from those not in your immediate family (6ft) and avoid congregating.

      • Face masks/coverings are highly recommended.

      • Food or drink is not permitted in the digging area with the exception of water for warm days.

      • Wash and/or sanitize your hands regularly.

      • If you feel ill, please postpone your visit until you feel better.

      • If you or someone you have been in contact with has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home and wait the recommended days designated by the CDC before visiting the park.

    • The Fossil Park Digging Quarry will be staffed weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend. Details coming soon.

Field Trips

    • At this time, we will not be scheduling guided field trips. If you would like to schedule an unguided trip, please click here to schedule a date and time. You will receive a confirmation email from our Program Coordinator within 5 days. We hope to resume guided trips in the fall.

      • If you have questions, please email programs@olanderpark.com or call 419-882-8313, ext. 1004.