This is a relative quiet season for the Fossil Discovery Center. Summer visitors have waned and students are busy with the start of school. The staff and volunteers are using this time for program planning and updating the Fossil Discovery Center’s displays and exhibits.
The center’s student tour program is in a constant state of evolution. Changes are made to account for new scientific discoveries and exhibits. The basic tour has four different parts: 1) the front half of the center, 2) the back half of the center, 3) the pond tour and 4) the mock dig, an elective activity.
Other activities, such as a mammal skull identification relay, are available to larger groups.
The first half tour of the center features a video introducing the history of the Fairmead paleontology site, the founding of the San Joaquin Valley Paleontology Foundation and the building of the Fossil Discovery Center. Students then enter the first half of the center for an introduction to how fossils form, geologic time and fossils from all geologic periods...