You don’t have to travel to far-off places to find a fossil. Our own patch of Western New York is particularly rich in 400 million-year-old fossils from the Devonian Period – way before the dinosaurs! While exploring a particularly fossiliferous site near Batavia, students will visualize the area’s ancient ecosystems, learn why they are particularly well-preserved here, and better appreciate our place in the planet’s unfolding story.Please note: The fossil site is a 150-foot walk down a slight gravel incline. Students can expect to be on their feet for the duration of the class, but since class will be held in one location, students may bring their own portable seating for sporadic use as necessary. Students are also encouraged to bring their own personal water bottles with them to stay hydrated. Dress for the weather, and for lightly- to moderately- dirty activity: think gardening attire. Sunglasses are helpful while examining the site’s light-colored slopes. Material to cushion knees and gardening gloves to protect hands might also increase comfort.
Age: This class is appropriate for all ages, although anyone under 12 must sign up with an adult.Location
: This outdoor class will meet at the intersection of Francis Road and the Groveland Secondary Trailway in Genesee County. Please click here to see the exact meeting location. Park in the shoulder of Francis Road, leaving room for other class participants and trail users. This intersection is about 0.3 miles south of Lei-Ti Campground & Recreational Community (9979 Francis Road, Batavia, NY 14020).
If you would like to request a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form
. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).About the teacher
:Tyler Lucero has connected people to our natural and human heritage as an interpreter at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, a science teacher in the Rochester City School District, a naturalist at West Irondequoit's Helmer Nature Center, and an interpretive ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. He studied geology and history at Brown University, and has traveled widely to wild and historic places across the United States, but loves the people, landscape, and history of his native Western New York best.
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