Summer Camp




Children interested in paleontology, science, art and nature are invited to participate in the annual Paleo-Camp at the ETSU & General Shale Natural History Museum & Gray Fossil Site.

Scheduled for June and July, 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, make casts of bones, tie dye a t-shirt and play “Fossil Feud.” Each camp section will also have plenty of age-appropriate activities..

Several sessions for children from pre-K all the way through 8th grade are available.  Session dates are organized by age group and are as follows:

  • Session 1-AM: June 8-12, 2015 AM (Pre-K and Kindergarten)  SOLD OUT!
  • Session 1-PM: June 8-12, 2015 PM (Pre-K and Kindergarten)
  • Session 2: June 15-19, 2015 (1st-3rd Grades)
  • Session 3: June 22-26, 2015 (1st-3rd Grades) SOLD OUT!
  • Session 4: July 6-10, 2015 (3rd-5th Grades) SOLD OUT!
  • Session 5: July 13-17, 2015 (3rd-5th Grades) SOLD OUT!
  • Session 6: July 20-24, 2015 (6th-8th Grades)

Session 1-AM or PM (Pre-K and Kindergarten only) is $90 per session. Sessions 2-6 (Grades 1st-8th) are $185 per session. Discounts are available for museum members and ETSU faculty and staff at a rate of $80 for Session 1-AM or PM or $165 for Sessions 2-6.

Reservation forms and camp schedules can be accessed 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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