Celebration of paleontology comes to Hillsboro's Rice Museum on Saturday, Aug. 10.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Rice Museums annual FossilFest returns to Hillsboro this Saturday to spread the love of palentology to Washington County.Interested in learning more about fossils or evolution? The Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals is hosting its 13th annual Northwest FossilFest this Saturday, Aug. 10.

The annual event is fresh off the heels of the museum's SummerFest, a two-day celebration of rocks and minerals held Aug. 4 and 5.

The annual FossilFest, run by the North America Research Group, brings leading experts on paleontology to the Hillsboro museum for a day of fun.

Have fossils you want identified? Professionals will be on hand to examine specimens from the community, and organizers will be preparing fossils as well, according to the museum executor director Julian Gray.

"They even allow kids to get their hands on some fossils and use professional equipment to work on them," he said. "It's a really fun event."

Admission to the museum is free that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University of Florida professor Bruce MacFadden and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument paleontologist Nick Famoso will give presentations at the event about paleontology and the evolution of horses.

MacFadden's talk will also include ways to use fossils and science in the classroom, Gray said.

"His talk is very good, and something that is great for teachers," Gray said.


Check it out:

What: Northwest FossilFest

Where: Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 N.W.Groveland Drive, Hillsboro

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11

How much: Free

More info: 503-647-2418

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