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Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site

Closes in 28 min: 08:00 - 17:00
Open today: 08:00 - 17:00
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wish i could go ten stars. Bring your kids here

So, this is a combo review of both the Stonerose visitor center and the fossil dig. It's probably... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2018
Fun spot for fossil collectors and enthusiasts

For a modest fee (pay at the Visitor Center), you are permitted to collect Eocene fossils at the... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
Snohomish, Washington
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“bring water”(2 reviews)
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Millions of years ago, this fossil site was a lake rich in plant and animal life.
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15 N Kean St # 1, Republic, WA 99166-8832
+1 509-775-2295
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

So, this is a combo review of both the Stonerose visitor center and the fossil dig. It's probably not for everyone but, if you want your kids to get an electric jolt of enthusiasm about learning science, you have GOT to take them here. The...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank abearfellow
Reviewed 30 September 2018

For a modest fee (pay at the Visitor Center), you are permitted to collect Eocene fossils at the nearby quarry; fossils are best found in the shale layers (hammer/pick and cold chisels recommended; - you can rent from Visitor's Center or bring your own). Patience...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank paleobotanybabe
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

We came here from our stay in Oroville based on positive reviews and was not disappointed. The center is a non-profit and the young attendants in charge were knowledgeable and nice. It's a cheap kind of activity and we were able to find some good...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank testadiponte
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

My kids loved the friendly staff who even tell you what you found. Fossils are plentiful and easy to find. Be warned though it is hot and right in the sun. It is also slippery to get up the hill. Go past the parking to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SeattleDoc2010
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I've been wanting to take my son here for years, and now that he is 16, we finally made it. I was worried he would be too old, but the thrill of the hunt soon overtook him and he was as enthusiastic as everyone else...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Cynthia T
Reviewed 10 July 2017

They have a lovely small museum and shop. You can rent their rock hammer and chisel or bring your own. It wasn't too busy when we went and it is hard to walk up the fossil site in the loose shale but it was still...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Gail M
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

I have gone fossil digging before but not in Washington, and my 8 year old really wanted to try - so I looked for a place and was glad I found one! By 10 am it was already pretty hot, and most of the site...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank gellyrole
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Splitting rocks in the hot (June) sun was not all that much fun, but the "finds" were interesting. My grand daughter (10) had fun and made new friends at the same time.

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank TechMarine_01
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Would be a better place to visit in the summer when you can be involved in the fossil digging. Kind of run down, but some interesting mining and archeological displays.

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank 007DAWG
Reviewed 15 October 2016

A double feature - the Stonerose Center and the Historical Society museum are housed in the same building. The Stonerose center houses some fantastic fossils (and you can dig for your own just a short distance away) and the museum has some great displays of...More

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank Doreen J
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6 August 2016|
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Response from Wash-Tex | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly there is a parking area directly across from the dig site. Should be big enough to park RV during the week but not on weekend.