Campers, Cub Scouts and families spent Saturday morning viewing, casting and learning about fossils. Eisenhower State Park hosted the Fossils! Journey to the Past event at the Elm Point Picnic Area. Participants were invited to spend the morning with a park ranger and learn about the fossils found in the park.
Children and adults created plaster impressions of fossils before learning about the history represented by fossils found within the park. Participants were also encouraged to bring any fossils previously found for identification.
Cub Scout pack 261 from Plano enjoyed the program during their fall camp out in the park. Pack member John Reed said he did not know much about fossils before the program.
“I learned a lot,” Reed said. “My favorite part was getting to make our own fossil.”
John Reed’s mother, Betsey Reed, said educational programs and state parks play a large part in the Cub Scout experience.
“It helps build camaraderie with the boys,” Reed said. “… It helps them with maturity levels and self-confidence. It’s a relaxed environment for them to learn and grow.”
Mandy Brennaman, a grandmother of one of the scouts, said environmental awareness is another important issue.
“I think if we want to preserve our natural resources it’s important that the children learn young, and they learn best by doing,” Brennaman said. “And being in a state park or national park — what better way is there to learn about nature?”
Michael Raiford, father of Cub Scout Christopher Raiford, said participating in events helps children become aware of their community.
“It teaches them how to help the community and help keep the community clean,” Raiford said. “One of the things we talk about when we go on camp outs is to take pictures and leave nothing behind. We always make sure that the campsites that we’re at are cleaner than when we found them.”