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JOHNSON CITY—Children interested in paleontology, science, art and nature are invited to participate in the annual Paleo-Camp at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site.

Scheduled for June, Paleo- Camp allows children to explore paleontology in the field and lab at the five-acre Gray Fossil Site as well as the museum and education center.

Campers will dig at the fossil site to find fossils, rocks and minerals, wet-screen for micro-fossils and identify them in the lab, and make casts of bones.  Each camp section will also have plenty of age-appropriate activities.

“Paleo-Camp is a unique summer camp offering and a great way to expose children of all ages to science and hands-on application,” said Maegan Beale, education coordinator. “The interactive nature of the fossil site allows for campers to be fully immersed in the science they learn.”

Several sessions for children from 1st grade through 5th grade grade are available.  Session dates are organized by age group and are as follows:

  • Session 1: May 30-June 3, 2016 (1st-2nd Grades)  SOLD OUT
  • Session 2: June 6-10, 2016 (1st-2nd Grades) SOLD OUT
  • Session 3: June 13-17, 2016 (3rd-5th Grades)
  • Session 4: June 20-24, 2016 (3rd-5th Grades)  SOLD OUT

Summer camp sessions are $185 per session. Discounts are available for museum members and ETSU faculty and staff at a rate of $165.

Reservation forms and camp schedules can be accessed online here.

The ETSU Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site continually showcases the 5-million-year-old Gray Fossil Site and its unique ecosystem. Visitors are invited to observe live excavations in May through October. There are also many special events held at the Museum, such as the monthly “Lunchtime Lecture Series,”  “Fossil & Artifact ID Nights” every other month, and many ongoing youth programs.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information, or for special assistance, call (866) 202-6223 or visit the museum at


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