Weeklong National Fossil Day Events
October 13-19, 2013
Sunday, October 13:
Tailgating Fossil Show with
Weekdays: Park Open for Hunting
Saturday, October 19:
Family Fossil Fun Day
Focus on Fun Finding Fossils in Fannin County
Having fun finding fossils at
According to PK Kirkpatrick, chair of the Ladonia event,
the Tailgate Show is a good time for fossil hunters to have their finds
identified by knowledgeable paleontology experts. Dallas Paleontological
Society President Stephan Gozdecki said his organization will also be selling
its newly revised book, Fossil Collector’s Guidebook to the
A Family Fossil Fun Day is slated for Saturday, October 19th. The day will focus on kids and new fossil hunters at NSR. It all begins in Ladonia at Fannindel School Gymnasium located at
Registration at the Workshop will begin at 8:00 am and will continue to 9:00 am when the programs begin. Ladonia Mayor Jan Cooper will welcome adult visitors to Ladonia. Texas Master Naturalist Doug Franklin will give history of the NSR, and
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 workshops 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
Photos from Previous National Fossil Day Events
PK Kirkpatrick Doug Franklin
Dr. Lous Jacobs David Hill
The park is open 365 days a year but hunting is determined by whether water is in raging flow. Due to safety issues, hunting is allowed only when the river is not flowing. Admission is free. The fossils date back about 80 million years or more. With a few exceptions, hunters may collect and take fossils out of the river. A fossil left in the riverbed or embankment will not be there after the next big rainfall due to extreme flow rate of the raging
The channelized riverbed, dry most of the time, stretches a distance of about ten miles to the west of and ten miles to the east of Ladonia Fossil Park and is open year round for fossil hunting. The canyon is approximately 300 feet wide and 80 feet deep. Cretaceous fossils including mosasaurs and plesiosaurs are found in the bed while Pleistocene fossils including mastodons and mammoths are found in the banks. Of particular interest to serious fossil hunters are red bed outcroppings.
The City of Ladonia is not responsible for accidents or injuries occurring on this property. Use of this property is at your own risk.
• Fossil collecting is allowed only within the river beds and banks.
• Parking permitted in designated area only.
• Possession/discharge of firearms, hunting and archery are prohibited.
• Possession/consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs is prohibited.
• No pets allowed.
Enter and exit collecting area at designated points only. Area has dangerous drop offs, steep slopes and loose soil.
CAUTION ! !
Encounters with dangerous insects/animals are possible.
Web searches yield several hits for
*** The Fossil Forum -Pete Patterson Fossil Park
Other websites have pictures of their finds and some can be seen below.
More images from folks that have visited the
Steep Steps leading down to the river bed
Skeletal remains of a mosasaur were found in this general area several years ago.