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Fossil Finds in Volcanic Ash

from Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

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If you want to see complete
fossil skeletons up close, you have come to the right place! 
Ashfall Fossil Beds is truly a remarkable fossil
Dozens of
perfectly preserved prehistoric mammals have been uncovered and are on display in-situ
– exactly where they were found. 


Access is key on this
Virtual Field Trip!  Our educator
presents an overview of the site and then takes you into the fossil bed,
a privilege not afforded to on-site visitors. 
The result is a first-hand, close-up look at ancient rhino, horse, and
camel skeletons lying in the waterhole where they died 12 million years ago.
Excavation techniques within the fossil bed are demonstrated, and the active dig
and paleontological research work that takes place each summer is
explained.  There is time for Q & A,
so you will have an opportunity to delve as deep as your curiosity can take you. 


The Ashfall Fossil Beds
State Historical Park is a wonder of the natural world.  Twelve million years ago a super volcanic
eruption in southwest Idaho deposited a thick layer of volcanic ash over much
of North America – nearly twelve inches deep across what is now Nebraska.  The ash, actually tiny shards of glass,
devastated the local wildlife. Some animals perished in a watering hole that
eventually filled with the drifting ash, preserving their skeletons in extreme
detail seldom seen in the fossil record.

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Multipoint: $125.00
Multipoint Premium: $125.00
Point to Point: $125.00
Point to Point Premium: $115.00



Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Virtual Field Trips can be scheduled from mid-March to mid-November, Tuesday through Friday.

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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Royal, NE
United States

conducted at the Ashfall Fossil Beds in 1978 and 1979 revealed an assemblage of
fossil skeletons unlike any other on earth.  The intact fossil skeletons
covered a large area and in 1991 the site was developed into Ashfall Fossil
Beds State Historical Park. The public can
watch the ongoing excavation and view the dozens of skeletons that lay
side-by-side in-situ, where they were found.  After 28 seasons of
operation, there are now over fifty skeletons exposed in the Park’s Hubbard Rhino
Barn.  Excavation will continue for many years in the future.

Daniel George
(402) 893-2000

Program Details


1. You will be Introduced to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
2. You will discover the animals who lived here 12 million years ago
3. You will learn about the super volcanic eruption that devastated the wildlife
4. You will step into the fossil dig site for an up-close view of the skeletons
5. You will see a demonstration of the excavation process
6. Questions and Answers!


Participants will:
- Discover a snapshot of prehistoric wildlife and landscape through the sciences of paleontology and geology.
- Be introduced to the catastrophic event that preserved the fossil skeletons at the site.
- Engage in a close-up view of these remarkable fossils.