Search for Door County Fossils at Crossroads

During the final week of October, students participating in the archaeological dig at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Ida Bay Preserve found flakes, animal bones and pottery. They also found coral fossils which led some kids to dig with even more enthusiasm, hoping to find dinosaur bones.

Kids participating in the No School Friday Family Program: Door County Fossils on Nov. 20 at 2 pm absolutely will not find dinosaur bones. Although they very well might find fossils of creatures millions of years older. The program begins with hands-on activities featuring the Law of Superposition and ends with a fossil hunt. Some of the models will be edible, so parents should call ahead 920.746.5895 if children have dietary restrictions. If weather makes outdoor fossils hunting impossible, there will be an alternate plan. If interested meet at the Collins Learning Center.

On Nov. 21 at 10 am, hikers are welcome to explore the north end of the Ida Bay Preserve. Hikers should park at the small lot at the intersection of Canal and Buffalo Ridge Trail. The deciduous forest looks very different following leaf drop. The pace will be gentle and the hike will take about an hour and a half.

Crossroads at Big Creek is a donor supported preserve welcoming learners of all ages to programs in science, history and the environment. The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, is open 2 – 4:40 pm daily and during scheduled activities. The Crossroads, Big Creek Cove, and Ida Bay Preserve’s trails are open to the public without admission charge. For more information visit

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