Saturday, October 19, is a Family Fossil Fun Day. The day will focus on kids and new fossil hunters at NSR. It all begins in Ladonia at Fannindel School Gymnasium located at 701 Mill Street. A separate children’s fossil program has been created by two Bois d’ Arc Chapter members of the Texas Master Naturalists, Christine Miller and Jessica Womack. The teacher-volunteers are childhood education specialists and will hold a kids’ fossil event with activities that include a sand pile fossil dig at the school while the adults will gather in the gymnasium for introductory learning about the NSR, fossil and artifact hunting and safety at the NSR site.
Then, the adults and kids will adjourn from the school for guided exploration at nearby Ladonia Fossil Park, aka Pete Patterson Fossil Park, fossil beds.
The North Sulphur River in southeast Fannin County is noted for Cretaceous Period marine megafossils such as mosasaurs and plesiosaurs and for Pleistocene Ice Age fossils such as mammoths and mastodons.
Partners joining the City of Ladonia to host the National Park Service sanctioned event include the Dallas Paleontological Society, and Texas Master Naturalist Bois d’ Arc Chapter and Blackland Prairie Chapter.
Workshop chair, PK Kirkpatrick tells hunters, “While events of this caliber are usually with significant fee, these National Fossil Day events are free, thanks to a number of volunteers from our sponsoring organizations!”
In event of heavy rainfall, the river excursions will be postponed. Event Chair Kirkpatrick said those going on the excursion need to pack water, wear close-toed shoes or mud boots or mud wading shoes if the area should be so lucky to have had recent rainfall, and those with arthritic knees, ankles, backs, and mobility problems may want to stay topside at the park and not enter the river bed because of steepness and height of steps at the park.
For more information on the event, call Ladonia City Hall at 903-367-7011.