Museum offers summer mid-week fossil digs

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:45

Ogdensburg — What’s new this summer at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum? An opportunity to dig for fossils on Wednesdays during June and July. This popular educational activity at the Fossil Discovery Center is still available the second Saturday of each month through fall but is now available as an add-on to a regular two-hour mine tour on Wednesdays for groups of 10 or more. For nearly 30 minutes, participants get to dig for fossils, identify them using a general identification chart and have their questions answered. Up to 10 different types of fossils could be discovered such as shark teeth, petrified wood and lamp shells, for example, and participants get to keep six of them. This activity is recommended for children 5 and up. A minimum group of 10 people is required for the Fossil Discovery Center add-on in conjunction with a Wednesday two-hour tour to learn about mining and go through the tunnels. A maximum of 25 can participate at a time and larger groups will be divided. Reservations must be made in advance for this add-on activity by the Monday of the week visitors plan to take the Wednesday tour. The fee is $4.50. Call for reservations: 973-209-7212. Visit to view the complete calendar of events and get directions. If you go Sterling Hill Mining Museum 30 Plant St. Ogdensburg 07439 973-209-7212