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Fossils at Wheeler High School

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Address: 404 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830-8378
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+1 541-763-4303
Fee: Yes

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Great summer, family fun!

We camped out at the fair grounds, dug fossils in the sun behind the high school, and ate lunch in front of the town store, on the wooden sidewalk with our three elementary age... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2016
Ruth K
Portland, Oregon
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Boise, Idaho
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

I was disappointed with this activity, but my kids had a good time. Our group of 9 people only found about 4 fossils.

1 Thank Amy35394
Portland, Oregon
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5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2016

We camped out at the fair grounds, dug fossils in the sun behind the high school, and ate lunch in front of the town store, on the wooden sidewalk with our three elementary age kids (who now in HS/college) still remember this a s a fun vacation! It was also a hoot visiting the site of a Biggest Loser gym,... More 

Thank Ruth K
Silverdale, Washington
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109 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

We love nature and exploring many aspects of it. Paid $5 to dig with the tools they provided. (Next time hubby would bring his own because he's that way). Within 10 min we discovered a veritable leaf pile! What an experience! If you aren't interested in history or earth science this will change your outlook! Probably one of the coolest... More 

Thank StagerNana
Hermiston, Oregon
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2015

If you are even a little bit interested in geology or fossils, then this will blow your mind. Fossils just laying on top of the ground. Follow the preservation guidelines please for future generations.

Thank 2NW_Travelers
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406 reviews
185 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2015

Be sure to wear sunscreen bring a hat and also bring cold water . We brought a small shovel and a pick as you really are just digging through dirt that has already been dug so you need to dig a little hole to try to find bigger pieces of unbroken rock. We stayed about 2 hours the fossils we... More 

Thank simpleyme
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

My wife, daughter and son-in-law all went to the Fossils at the Fossil School. We had a good time, but the son-in-law had the best time. He is a rockhound and had the patience to find the fossils in the dig spots. Fun for anyone who want to actually dig for fossils!

Thank Lensdrug
South Coast UK
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54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015

It is amazing that in this day and age you can arrive in a world class fossil bed and be able to extract fossils without supervision....and they have an honesty box for your admission fee and throw in all the tools!...mid you you have to be determined to get here...Fossil is well off the beaten track! I hope the locals... More 

Thank r.parker99
Salem, United States
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2015

This wasn't what we expected. It was a very small place with very few places to dig. The new spots were fenced off so you were essentially digging where everyone else has alreay dug. We spend about an hour there and found a few leaf fossils. I doubt we would ever go back. They wanted 5.00 a person to dig... More 

2 Thank Sue/ Tom R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2015 via mobile

Had a great time in Fossil. The drive was beautiful, the weather perfect, and the dig was productive. You can use the tools at the site, or bring your own. I suggest bringing a small rock hammer, chisels, trowel, and eye protection. Also make sure you have a full tank of gas before you leave. Not a lot of options... More 

4 Thank paleo_man_76
Fossil, Oregon, United States
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Come to Fossil, the only place you are allowed to dig limited pieces of fossils and take them home. Remember finding some sea shells and tropical leave fossil. A small town is very friendly and warm atmospheric. You will be greeted by many folks, and never will get lost. I hope those fossil pieces will be protected at each founder's... More 

1 Thank Hyon F

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