Outdoors fun at the Fossil Beds

<I>File Photo</I><BR>Michelle Ordway of the John Day Fossil Beds describes some of the fossil flora to visitors

DAYVILLE - Several outdoor events are planned this weekend at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Three of the activities will be in the Sheep Rock Unit, nine miles west of Dayville:

? Horse Fossil Workshop - 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Study fossils from the surprising horse family tree in this three-hour, hands-on workshop. The program is designed for students age 14 and older; younger children should be accompanied by a parent. The workshop is limited to the first 20 people, so reservations are suggested. Meet at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center.

? Blue Basin Hike - 10 a.m. Sunday, July 12. Join a ranger for a one-mile, two-hour hike, featuring the geologic landscape and fossil history of the Blue Basin. Bring hiking shoes, a water bottle and dress for the weather. Meet at the Thomas Condon Visitor Center.

? Ranch Walk - 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12. A free, ranger-led, 60-minute walk about the historic James Cant Ranch house. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suitable for the sun and field. The ranch house is located next to the Thomas Condon Visitor Center.

Also on the schedule is a Painted Hills Walk, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, in the Painted Hills Unit, located 10 miles west of Mitchell. There is no fee for the ranger-led, one-hour walk which starts at the overlook. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle and dress for the weather.

Call 541-987-2333 for more information.

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