North Carolina Fossil Club to host annual Fossil Fair at Greensboro Science Center
GREENSBORO, NC — Take your fossil on a field trip to the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) and learn more about the past at the 2016 Fossil Fair! The North Carolina Fossil Club (NCFC) is partnering with the Greensboro Science Center for its annual Fossil Fair on Sat., Nov. 19, from 9am-4pm. The club has over 300 members of amateurs and professionals from North Carolina and beyond who support the study, enjoyment and collection of fossils.
The Fossil Fair is the Club’s largest outreach event of the year and moves around the state to different locations, allowing different communities the opportunity to experience paleontology and fossils up close and personal – sometimes for the first time in their lives. Members exhibit fossils from their own collections, answering questions and interacting with the public on a one-on-one basis. Our partners from the Smithsonian, Aurora Fossil Museum, Schiele Museum and Appalachian State University will also be on site and will provide fossil identification and education to club members and the public. In turn, these visiting experts gain information on fossils discovered in NC. Visitors are encouraged to bring in objects that they have found for identification.
“The Fossil Fair is a great enhancement to the Greensboro Science Center’s new temporary exhibit: Destination: Dinosaur!” said Martha Register, Vice President of Education at the GSC. “The exhibit is home to seven life-size dinosaur models, and a number of fossils such as an Apatosaurus footprint, and replicas of dinosaur eggs.”
In addition to fascinating replicas, Destination: Dinosaur! includes an area devoted to prehistoric play, offering young paleontologists the chance to imagine how dinosaurs lived and interacted millions of years ago. Coloring stations are also available for visitors to make a dinosaur rubbing souvenir.
During the spring and fall, Fossil Club members lead school groups into coastal quarries to collect fossils and learn about the conditions under which those fossils formed. Members also give presentations to scouting and civic groups. Other members frequently take programs to schools, providing hands-on opportunities to find fossils, and learn about geologic history.
This day-long event is free with general admission or membership to the Greensboro Science Center. Most activities associated with the Fossil Fair are also free, but families can pan for minerals with the Schiele Museum outreach staff for a small fee. General Admission is $12.50 for adults ages 14-64, $11.50 for children ages 3-13, and $11.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under and Greensboro Science Center members are free.
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About the Greensboro Science Center – A premier family attraction in North Carolina that offers the state’s first accredited inland aquarium, a hands-on science museum, an accredited Animal Discovery Zoological Park, a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Dome Theater, and SKYWILD, an animal-inspired treetop adventure park. The Center is also NC’s only dually accredited AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and AAM (American Alliance of Museums) science attraction – an honor only 14 attractions in the nation can claim. The Greensboro Science Center is located at 4301 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.greensboroscience.org.