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Mazon Creek Fossil Tour Fossil Collector Day

August 26 @ 12:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about the environment, ecosystems, and climate of Northern Illinois as it was 300 million years ago by collecting fossil specimens at the Mazon Fossil Beds (on private property in Grundy County).

The adventure involves picking fossils at the site of the original mid-1800s discoveries along the Mazon Creek, including ferns and horsetails. Everyone will have specimens to take home to remember the day.

Saturday is for experienced fossil collectors, and will include 4 hours on the river followed by cocktails and appetizers.

Sunday will cater to people new to collecting, and will include an overview fossil talk, a hay ride to the river, up to 3 hours of fossil picking with a guide, show-and-tell fossil time with cocktails, and an alfresco farm fresh dinner.

The cost is $150 per person. Sign up soon, as these events sell out quickly.

Fill out our sign up form here.

All proceeds will go to the Canal Corridor Association to help preserve I & M Canal history, protect its environment, and create tourism.


August 26
12:30 pm - 7:00 pm