Learn about fossils on June 13 at Mastodon State Historic Site

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-158 For Immediate Release: June 5, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Enjoy a family outing digging for and learning about fossils. Mastodon State Historic Site in Imperial will host Fossil Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event is free and open to the public.

Visit the Mastodon State Historic Site Museum Annex where kids will have a chance to dig up and document fossils that are buried in the site's dig box. In addition, exhibits on Missouri fossils and a display of fossils by the Eastern Missouri Society of Paleontology spanning the geologic history of Missouri will be available to view. Free admission to the site's museum, which displays ancient artifacts, fossils and a mastodon skeleton replica, and guided tours to the former excavation site will highlight the event. A new program will be presented this year focusing on how people in the past viewed ancient mammals. 

Mastodon State Historic Site contains the Kimmswick Bone Bed, a paleontological site listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Archaeological excavations established that Paleo-Indians hunted the American mastodon and other animals here during the ice age.  The historic site is located 20 miles south of St. Louis, off Interstate 55 at the Imperial Main Street Exit (#186). 

For more information about the event, contact the historic site at 636-464-2976 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.