WMS Environmental Club Events

6th Annual Community Dig Day

Date: Sep 23, 2017


Online Registration Goes Live August 25

Pre-registration is REQUIRED for all fossil park events, as space on site is extremely limited. Online registration for Community Dig Day goes live on Friday, August 25 at 6:00 pm. Tickets for this annual event will sell out very quickly. Admission is $7 adults/$5 children 12 and under (children under 3 are free). VIP ticket packages are also available. Look for an email from this address at that time and complete your registration as soon as possible. 

An Exploration into Earth's Deep Past
There will be four dig sessions for explorers of all ages at 8:15 am, 9:45 am, 11:15 am and 12:45 pm. Dig session start times will overlap, but each session will include about an hour and a half to dig for 65-million-year-old fossils with your own hands...and take them home! You will also have the opportunity to examine fossils found at this site, engage with Rowan paleontologists about their research, participate in family-friendly activities and visit the Fossil Park Store. 

Dig Day registrants will park at the South Jersey Technology Park on Route 322 (Exit 50 of Route 55) and take a shuttle bus to the Edelman Fossil Fossil Park site, just seven minutes away in Mantua Township (at Exit 53 of Route 55). Complete details are included in registration.

Book Signing: Ken Lacovara's New Release Why Dinosaurs Matter
Each dig session will include book signings with Dr. Ken Lacovara, Director of the Fossil Park and Dean of the School of Earth & Environment. This world-renowned paleontologist (and Rowan grad!) is the visionary behind the fossil park project. In the Rowan quarry he is working with researchers to solve some of the mysteries of dinosaur extinction. In his new TED book release, he reveals some of his thoughts about the extinction event that wiped out 80% of life on Earth 65 million years ago, and set the stage for the modern world as we know it.

Sign Up for More Information
If you know other people who may be interested in receiving emails about fossil park events and initiatives, please have them go to rowan.edu/fossils to sign up for information. 

Plans Underway for a Museum and Visitor Center
There is a huge unmet demand for the authentic experience of the fossil quarry, and we hope you will remain patient with us as we gear up to open this incredible site daily for tours and visits. Right now, the site is only open for special events, including the annual Community Dig Day, school field trips in the spring and fall and other related activities. We held our first summer camps this year and are looking forward to expanding this programming in the coming years. At the same time, this is an active research site, with scientists studying the last days of the dinosaurs throughout the dig season in a reserved research grid at the bottom of the quarry.

The fossil park was endowed this year with a $25 million commitment from Rowan alumni Jean and Ric Edelman and is ramping up programming in advance of the planned 2020 opening of a museum, welcome center and dinosaur-themed playground. 

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