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About Dinosaur Park:
Dinosaur Park preserves one of the most important dinosaur fossil sites east of the Mississippi River. The site is a rare deposit of fossils from about 110 million years ago during the early Cretaceous Period. From the Maryland State Dinosaur Astrodon johnstoni to early flowering plants, the fossils found at Dinosaur Park help scientists reconstruct the region’s ancient history.
The park area can be visited from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The area includes a garden of Cretaceous-era plants and a climbable dinosaur skeleton. Interpretive signs describe Maryland’s dinosaurs, the prehistoric environment, and the African-American history of the area.
The fenced fossil site is accessible during free Open Houses on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Programs start every 20 minutes. During interpretive programs, citizen scientists of all ages can take part in the ongoing search for fossils. The fenced fossil area can also be accessed by field trip groups.
Important Note: NO personal fossil collecting is allowed at the Park. Digging or removal of any fossils is prohibited.
Field trips with a maximum of 40 participants can visit for a pre-paid flat-fee. Each visit begins with a guided tour of the site, followed by hands-on activities and an opportunity to search for fossils. Reservations should be made at least one month in advance.
Dinosaur Park is an entirely outdoor facility. Visitors should wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. Food is not sold at Dinosaur Park, but you can picnic on the grounds. Restrooms are only available during scheduled programs.
Visit Montpelier Mansion, a short drive from Dinosaur Park, for a dinosaur-themed activity room where kids can assemble giant 3-D dinosaur puzzles, create dinosaur craft projects, and more.