Would you like to find and identify your own fossils? Did you know that the largest exposed seam of Miocene fossils in North America is in Calvert County at Calvert Cliffs? This explains why even the casual beach comber finds fossilized sharks teeth millions of years old. Learn more about this remarkable natural resource and what it can teach you about our prehistoric past at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Md.
The Fossil Field Experience programs are Saturdays, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 8, and October 20. The program begins at the Cove Point Lighthouse at 9 a.m. with a trained guide where participants learn how to find and identify fossils. Enjoy time on the beach until 11:30 a.m. Lunch is on your own – bring a bag lunch or eat at one of the many local restaurants. At 1:00 p.m., meet the guide back at the Calvert Marine Museum to discuss your finds and explore the Paleontology Hall. Program includes free museum admission.
The fee for the Fossil Field Experience is $20 per person, ages 8 and up. An adult must accompany any child under the age of 18. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042 x41, or visit the museum’s website at calvertmarinemuseum.com.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2.00 for children ages 5 – 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website or call 410-326-2042.