Get your junior paleontologists ready for the 26th Annual Fossil Fest on Saturday, Nov. 19 & Sunday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Old Settlers Association Meeting Hall (next to the Dell Diamond in Round Rock). Fossil Fest is a fun and educational event for the whole family!

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  • Sharks swimming in Round Rock!
  • Mammoths stampeding through downtown!
  • Volcanoes exploding by the airport!
  • Dinosaurs stomping around Zilker Park!
  • Monster marine reptiles cruising town!

This is Central Texas. For tens of millions of years the area around Austin was underwater. Sharks really were swimming in Round Rock – giant, ocean reptiles (some up to 30 ft in length) cruised through Austin. And over by Bergstrom International Airport, volcanoes exploded sporadically. Later on mammoths, camels, horses and mastodons roamed the plains where we now have city lights and paved streets. Learn about this amazing history at Fossil Fest and “discover the prehistoric in your backyard.”

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spinning the Wheel of Fossils – Photo from the Paleontological Society of Austin Facebook page

Fossil Fest activities include:

  • Fossil Identifications
  • Meet a Scientist: Opportunity to interact one-on-one with UT scientists, science educators and amateur/avocational paleontologists – hands-on learning & demos and questions & answers
  • “Paleo Passport” educational quest for students
  • Hands-on Fossil Touch Table and Microscope
  • Exhibits: See what fossil collectors find in Texas
  • Fossil collection: Start yours at the Wheel of Fossils & Dig Pit
  • Fossils, minerals, and more for sale
  • Door Prizes

There will be an on-site snack bar serving Torchy’s Tacos and Round Rock Donuts for breakfast along with lunch fare consisting of chili, pizza, snacks and beverages. Prices range from $.50 to $3.75.

–> Admission: $3/adult, $2/child (6-12), children ages 5 & under are free. Special rates apply for school, scout and youth groups, click here for more info.

For more information about Fossil Fest, you can visit the Paleontological Society of Austin website.

Go uncover some fun!