May 19, 2010

Road Trip Idea: Visit the Stonerose Interpretive Center!

If you’re looking for something to do over the upcoming weekend, a road trip may come to mind. While deciding on your destination, consider taking a trip to the Stonerose Interpretive Center in Republic, Washington. This 5-1/2 hour drive from Seattle is well worth your time. Stonerose has breathtaking fossils and an Eocene fossil bed where you can search for fossils yourself!

While preparing for the Burke Museum’s Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway exhibit, paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll took their own road trip to the Stonerose Interpretive Center. In the video below, Kirk shows some of the amazing fossils at Stonerose and discusses the importance of the collaboration between science and art.

Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway closes on May 31st, so make a stop at the Burke before you hit the road to check out some fossils from the Republic area. You may even discover some interesting places to stop and search for Washington’s prehistoric past like Ray and Kirk did along the way.

Before you head off on your own fossil adventure, be sure to double check the visitor information section of Stonerose’s website for holiday availability and fossil excavation rules. Happy fossil hunting!

Posted By: Andrea Barber, Communications