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Natural History Museum introduces Gray Fossil Site Patch Program

staff report • Apr 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

JOHNSON CITY — Future paleontologists now have an opportunity to dig for fossils and take a special, behind-the-scenes tour of the prep lab at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site.

The Gray Fossil Site Patch Program, created for first- through fifth-graders, will begin this Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. The $15 program fee includes all activity materials, museum admission and a keepsake patch.

“The Gray Fossil Site Patch Program is a great way to introduce kids to the field of paleontology,” said Sarah Mullersman, education coordinator. “Each child will learn how to properly dig for fossils and how research is conducted in our labs. It is a great opportunity for hands-on experience.”

The program includes a tour of the main exhibit and allows children to excavate on the spoil piles. Participants also do fun and interactive activities, such as “Fossil Prep 101,” which demonstrates how scientists process fossils in prep labs, and “Sinkhole in a Cup,” which shows how the Gray Fossil Site was formed.

Future Gray Fossil Site Patch Program sessions will be held June 1 and Oct. 5.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call (866) 202-6223.

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