Fossil Digs with Dr. Gary Schmelz

Take a vacation in your own backyard exploring all Southwest Florida has to offer! Let Dr. Gary Schmelz take you on an experience you'll never forget!

Fossil Digs

Back by popular demand! Dr. Gary Schmelz offers more of his famous fossil outings. Lunch price not included in the program fee. Program participation is limited, so register soon! Call 239.262.0304, ext. 266 or email CherylL@conservancy.org for more information.

Charlotte County
 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Charlotte County trips finished for the year.
Collect numerous 1.5-million-year-old Caloosahatchee specimens with Dr. Schmelz at an exciting fossil site in Charlotte County. Specimens include giant apple murex, cowries, miters, vase shells and others. During a lunch raffle, you may even win some fossils from Dr. Schmelz’s private collection. Lunch cost not included in program fee. Registration required.

Conservancy Members Others
$70 $105


Sarasota County

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
March 22 | *Dates in red are sold out
Join Dr. Schmelz and the University of Florida Natural History Museum Collections Manager for this unique fossil collecting trip. Find shells and bones up to 1-million-years-old! During a lunch raffle, you may even win some fossils from Dr. Schmelz’s private collection. Lunch cost not included in program fee. Registration required.

Conservancy Members Others
$130 $165


Be prepared for your excursion!  Participants should wear old clothes (including long pants, sneakers and a hat.) Bring plenty to drink and carry a garden trowel and five gallon bucket.

 

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