Community Fossil Dig

Outdoor Adventure

September 29, 2019

Faylor Lake Quarry


Due to the tremendous popularity of this event last year, the Merrill Linn Conservancy is again sponsoring a fossil dig at Faylor Lake near Beaver Springs, PA on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Participants can join the dig anytime from 11 am to 4 pm.

Discover and collect fossils from a safe, quiet quarry containing a rich trove of ancient life. Bucknell Univ. Professor of Geology, Jeff Trop and students, will guide fossil hunting and identify fossil finds. Participants can expect to find marine fossils, mainly brachiopods and crinoids; less common are trilobites, bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods, corals, and bryozoans.

Wear clothing and footwear that can get dirty. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen as well as fossils that you would like to have identified. Bring a hammer, chisel (or flathead screwdriver), and safety glasses/sunglasses to aid fossil collecting; a limited supply of equipment will be available to borrow.

Questions? Phone 570-524-8666, email, or visit

Directions to Shale Pit Road, Beaver Springs, PA:

From Mifflinburg, take PA-104 south ~4 miles to Penn’s Ck., turn right onto Troxelville Road, continue ~8.5 miles to Troxelville; bear left onto PA-235 for ~2.5 miles; after Beaver Springs Dragway, turn right onto Middle Creek Road, continue ~1.5 miles; turn left onto Shale Pit Road, continue ~0.5 miles; fossil quarry will be on your right.

From Middleburg, take PA-522 west 9.3 miles to Beaver Springs; after Beaver Creek Tractor, turn right onto Ridge Road, continue ~1 mile; turn right onto Stage Road, continue ~1 mile; turn sharp right onto Shale Pit Road, continue ~1.2 miles; fossil quarry and parking will be on your left





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