Discover why fossils rock!
Every piece of land that we stand on has a rich and storied past. Cincinnati once lay beneath a vast ocean teeming with animals whose remains now provide us with the finest fossils found anywhere on Earth! This region has also been traversed by dinosaurs, was at the terminus of several great glaciers and home to mastodons, mammoths, giant bison and so much more. Discover these ancient worlds and take a glimpse into “deep time” as we travel through the geologic record, discovering what treasures lay beneath our feet, in our road cuts and streambeds and in celebration of our region’s world-famous natural heritage.
To learn more about Cincinnati's underwater past, check out our Cincinnati Under the Sea online exhibit!
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fossil Fest Information Table
A Paleontologist Looks at Jurassic Park Movies
Guided tour of Big Bone Lick: A Place of Discovery
Guided Tour of Cincinnati Under the Sea
Young at Art: Paleo Painting
Spineless Wonders Art Contest Finale
Museum of Natural History & Science
All activities take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fossil Scavenger Hunt
Rock the museum and complete the scavenger hunt to earn points in Nature’s Trading Post.
Ask the Geology and Paleontology Experts
Discover the best detailed and prized fossil collections throughout the museum when you meet and talk with local geology and paleontology experts to learn fascinating fossil information and help identify fossils found in our area.
Nature’s Trading Post Special
Bring your favorite fossil to share with Nature’s Trading Post staff and receive an additional 300 points for your fossil information and trade.
Fossils for Educators
Talk with Ohio University Department of Geological Sciences students about the “Oceans of Ohio” curriculum and free fossil resources available for the classroom. Nature’s Trading Post porch
Identify Sheridan Pit Materials
Help our collections department sort through Sheridan Pit materials to identify microfossils such as voles, fish and bird bits using laboratory microscopes in the STEM Discovery Lab. Chart identified microfossils on the smart board to tell the story of local fauna and the environment. Identified microfossils remain the property of Geier Collections & Research Center.
Coloring Mural of Cincinnati Under the Sea
Add your artistic flair to the 4’ x 6’ rendering of Cincinnati Under the Sea, a painting by Ohio native John Agnew. Earth Works
Fossils of Kentucky and the World
Talk with Kentucky Paleontological Society about amazing fossils from Kentucky and faraway places. Earth Works
Fossils, Fossils Everywhere!
Immerse yourself in fossil games, fossil identification and fossil education. North Gallery
ODNR: Department of Geological Survey
Meet the Ohio Department of Natural Resources survey geologists who will answer your Ohio geology questions and pick up free educational resources to learn more about Ohio’s geology. North Gallery
Spin the Wheel Fossil Game
Spin the wheel and see what fossil animal you land on. Every player wins a prize! North Gallery
Digging for Dinosaurs
You are the paleontologist discovering fossils, measuring dinosaur foot prints, trading dino cards and creating sound with wind tubes. North Gallery
Fossils at Your Feet
Junior paleontologists can explore dinosaur information using timelines, flip books, a diorama of Ordovician life and fossil specimens from our collections. North Gallery
Cincinnati Dry Dredgers
Here’s your chance to talk fossils with local Dry Dredger members, have fossils identified, discover how old they are and the best area to search for Cincinnati fossils. North Gallery
Fossil Treasures of Cincinnati Museum Center
Talk with Dr. David L. Meyer and Dr. Carlton E. Brett from the University of Cincinnati Geology Department to see some of Museum Center’s best trilobite collections. The Cave
Back to the Ice Age
Travel back 19,000 years ago to learn more about the amazing giants of Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Upper Ice Age Trail
Fun with Fossils
Join Cincinnati Nature Center in fun fossil games and other activities that will spark your fossil curiosity. Glacial Geology Hall
Ask our Paleo Lab Volunteers questions as they examine dinosaur fossils found on a Museum Center dig adventure. Paleo Lab
Discover Cincinnatian trace fossils from the Oxford, Ohio area and be the first to see fossil collections appearing in Miami University’s Karl E. Limper Geology Museum opening in 2016. Extinctions Through Time