Fossil Field Experience

This program is designed for people who want to learn more about fossils: where to find them, how to identify them, what they can tell us about the past. This program is for adults and children 8 and older, accompanied by an adult.

Fossil Field Experience Dates For 2020

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Program Description

At 9:00 a.m., you will meet CMM educators at Cove Point.
The program leader will teach a short lesson on local Miocene fossils and what to look for. From 9:30 to about 11:30 a.m., you will explore the beach to search for fossilized shell, bone, and sharks' teeth. After fossil collecting you will work with the museum educator to identify any fossils you have found. The program ends at noon. 

Wear appropriate clothing for beach combing,(don't forget water shoes) and bringing a change of clothes is recommended. If you have any sifters or other tools you use for fossil hunting we encourage you to bring them. Please bring you own water bottles as there isn't a drinking water source at the program site. 

A visit to the Calvert Marine Museum pairs very well with this program. Upon reopening,the CMM is moving to a timed entry system. If you would like to reserve your spot and purchase tickets for a visit after your Fossil Field experience, CLICK HERE. The time slot that aligns best with this program is 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Fees and Registration

$15 per person
To register, click on the Fossil Field Experience date that you are interested in.

Preregistration required at least two business days before the program. There is a $5 charge for cancellations. No refunds if cancelling less than 5 business days before the program.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042, ext. 41 or

Office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Procedures

We have taken health and safety measures for you, other guests, and our staff and volunteers. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the Calvert Marine Museum and while participating in CMM programs at Cove Point Lighthouse.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely dangerous disease that can lead to severe illness or death. According to the CDC and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting the Calvert Marine Museum or participating in CMM programs at Cove Point Lighthouse, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

While at our facility, we ask that you follow these practices:

Wear a face covering.

Maintain physical distancing.

Clean your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you or a member of your party is sick, please reschedule your visit.