Big DigStuff To Do
Finding Fossils
Not Just Any Rock Will Do Do's and Don'ts for Fossil Hunters
Do's and Don'ts for Fossil Hunters
Fossils You May Find
Paleontology Clubs and Web sites
Keeping a Field Journal

  • Make sure that you plan to dig in a place where it is okay to collect fossils. Check with an adult if you're not sure.
  • Take the following supplies on your fossil hunt:

    • toilet paper for wrapping your fossils
    • plastic food bags for protecting your fossils

    • a backpack for storing the fossils you find

    • a field journal for recording your adventures

    • plenty of water

    • (optional) shovels, screens to sort small loose fossils, geology hammer, chisels, safety goggles

  • Be ready to spend a lot of time looking. Fossil hunting can take lots of time and patience, but what you may find is worth the wait!
  • Dont's

  • Never go fossil-hunting alone.
  • Never climb into dangerous areas.
  • Never touch animals that you think could be poisonous.

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