LADONIA — Having fun finding fossils while learning about the area’s past is the focus of activities in and around Ladonia in celebration of National Fossil Day.

LADONIA — Having fun finding fossils while learning about the area’s past is the focus of activities in and around Ladonia in celebration of National Fossil Day.


Activities will begin Sunday morning with a Tailgate Fossil Show at the Ladonia Fossil Park. The show is open to the public and all area collectors are invited to join in. Fossil collectors lead by the Dallas Paleontological Society will be displaying fossils and information on hunting fossils.


The show will be followed by exploration in North Sulphur River canyon. The North Sulphur River in southeast Fannin County is noted for Cretaceous Period marine megafossils such as mosasaurs and plesiosaurs and for Pleistocene Ice Age fossils such as mammoths and mastadons. In the event of heavy rainfall, the river excursions will be postponed. Those going on the excursion need to pack water and wear closed-toed shoes, mud boots or mud wading shoes. Persons with mobility difficulties may want to remain at the topside of the park and not enter the river bed due to steepness and height of the park steps.


On Oct. 19, a Family Fossil Fun Day is scheduled. The day will focus on youngsters at new fossil hunters and will begin at the Fannindel School gymnasium at 701 Mill Street in Ladonia. A children’s fossil program has been created by two Bois d’ Arc Chapter members of the Texas Master Naturalists, Christine Miller and Jessica Womack. The teacher-volunteers are childhood education specialists and will hold a kids’ fossil event with activities that include a sandpile fossil dig at the school. Adults will gather in the gymnasium for introductory learning about the NSR, fossil and artifact hunting and safety at the NSR site. Then, the adults and children will leave the school for a guided exploration ar the nearby Ladonia Fossil Park, also known as the Pete Patterson Fossil Park.


Partners joining the City of Ladonia in hosting this National Park Service-sanctioned event includes the Dallas Paleontological Society, Texas Master Naturalist Bois d’ Arc Chapter and Blackland Prairie Chapter. Thanks to the number of volunteers from sponsoring organizations, the events are free to the public.


For more information, call the Ladonia City Hall at 903-367-7011.