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Fossil Collecting with the New Jersey State Museum

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Join Dr. Dana Ehret, Curator of Natural History and vertebrate paleontologist as he leads fossil collecting trips on June 29th, July 20th or August 17th 2024* to Big Brook Preserve.

Dr. Ehret and guests will collect and learn about prehistoric marine life, including fossil sharks! Families are welcome and encouraged to attend, but all attendees must have a ticket, including parents/guardians and children.

Big Brook Fossil Preserve is known by fossil collectors along the East Coast as a hotspot for fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs. What better way to explore the area than with a New Jersey State Museum paleontologist? You'll learn the techniques of fossil collecting and Dr. Ehret will help you identify your discoveries.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the site. Water and snacks will be provided. Tools will be made available but you may bring your own, provided they meet the specifications set by Colts Neck Department of Recreation and Parks. Full details, including what to wear, bring and expect, will be sent in a confirmation email after your registration has been completed.

*A rain date of August 24 is reserved if a trip needs to be re-scheduled.  

  • Cost: $15, children under 5 years of age are free.
  • All children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult and ALL participants MUST have a paid ticket.
  • Museum Members enjoy a 50% discount! Contact before making your reservation to confirm membership status and receive the discount code.
  • Advance reservations are required and space is limited. EVERYONE who attends must be a paid participant. All participants must sign a waiver to attend. 
  • Full refunds will be provided should we need to cancel the trip for any reason. If you or anyone in your party finds they are no longer able to attend, please contact our office at least 72 hours in advance of your trip date for a full refund. No refunds will be provided for late cancelations.

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