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Community Fossil Dig Day

Discover and collect fossils from a local quarry containing a rich trove of ancient life

The Merrill Linn Conservancy is hosting a fossil dig at a safe, quiet quarry off Shale Pit Road near Beaver Springs on Sunday, September 30 from 1 to 5 pm. Bucknell University geology professor and Conservancy Board member Jeff Trop and students will guide the fossil hunting and identify fossil finds. Participants can expect to find 390 million-year-old marine fossils, mainly brachiopods and crinoids; less common are trilobites, bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods, corals, and bryozoans. Wear clothing that can get dirty and footwear with a good tread. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen as well as fossils that you would like to have identified. Bring a hammer, chisel (or flathead screwdriver), and safety glasses/sunglasses to aid fossil collecting. A limited supply of equipment will be available to borrow. There are no bathroom facilities at the quarry. Questions? Phone 570-524-8666, email or visit

Directions to Shale Pit Road, Beaver Springs: • From Mifflinburg, take PA-104 south 4 miles to Penns Creek. Turn right onto Troxelville Road, continue 8.5 miles to Troxelville. Bear left onto PA-235 for 2.5 miles. After Beaver Springs Dragway, turn right onto Middle Creek Road, continue 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Shale Pit Road, continue 0.5 miles. Fossil quarry will be on your right. • From Middleburg, take PA-522 west 9.3 miles to Beaver Springs. After Beaver Creek Tractor, turn right onto Ridge Road, continue 1 mile. Turn right onto Stage Road, continue 1 mile. Turn sharp right onto Shale Pit Road, continue 1.2 miles. Fossil quarry and parking will be on your left.

Date & Time

September 30, 2018

1:00PM - 5:00PM


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