DAYVILLLE - Staff at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument have planned three activities for this weekend, including:

? Blue Basin Hike - 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25. Enjoy a ranger-led, one-mile hike, featuring the geologic landscape and fossil history of the Blue Basin. Bring hiking shoes, a water bottle and dress for the weather for the two-hour program. Meet at the Thomas Condon Visitor Center.

? Simulated Fossil Dig - 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25. Learn how scientists prospect for fossils in the field at this hands-on workshop. Designed for students 12 and older, younger children should be accompanied by an adult. Be prepared to dig in dirt, under the sun. Limited to 20 participants; reservations are encouraged.

? Goose Rock Hike - 10 a.m. Sunday, July 26. Join a ranger for this three-hour, backcountry hike, exploring the natural history of the area along Deer Creek. Dress warmly and bring water, snacks, a walking stick and sturdy hiking boots. The hike will be held rain or shine.

All three events are free and start at the Thomas Condon Visitor Center in the Sheep Rock Unit, nine miles west of Dayville. For more information call 987-2333.

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