Cranbrook History Centre organizing summer junior paleontology sessions

Kids can get the chance to learn about the local fossil record at the Cranbrook History Centre

If any young aspiring fossil hunters are looking to dig up some summertime fun, look no further than the Cranbrook History Centre.

The centre is organizing Junior Paleontology sessions for kids ages 6-12 every Saturday throughout the summer, except for the August long weekend.

At a cost of $5, kids can get the chance to learn about the local fossil record, which includes sizeable discoveries of trilobites in the Cranbrook and Fort Steele areas. Each session lasts about 1.5 hours and will be held outside under the new timber frame structure that is covering and protecting the railcar exhibits.

The aim is to introduce the children to local paleontology and aspects of research, discovery and preservation,” said Honor Neve, the curator for the Cranbrook History Centre. “So under supervision, we’ve got a couple volunteers signed up, children will split rocks to find Middle Cambrian trilobites preserved in soft shale.”

“Any trilobites or fossils that the kids find, they get to keep.”

Each session will start on Saturdays at 10:30 am and run till 12 p.m. Dates are July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 10, 17, 24.

Parents are encouraged to register their kids by calling 250-489-3918 or sending an email to

The program is sponsored by the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines for the third straight year.

Neve added that the History Centre is currently gauging interest in holding paleontology sessions for adults in the fall.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Unicorns FC win JulyFest soccer tournament

Cranbrook squad earns third tournament title in five years

Residents living in two commerically zoned buildings evacuated

City fire department says both buildings are not up to code for residential occupancy

Local athletes promote Special Olympics Global Day of Inclusion

On July 20 Tim Hortons teamed up with the Special Olympics to raise awareness and funds

Cranbrook Bandits senior team wraps up season

The Bandits ended their district playoffs play with a 6-3 loss against the Twins

The last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Gwynne Dyer It has been suggested that Boris Johnson (who becomes the… Continue reading

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

Nelson’s net-zero ready house is a glimpse into B.C.’s future

One local builder set out to construct the province’s ideal energy efficient home

Countdown starts to 2020 BC Summer Games

Two flags unveiled at Maple Ridge city hall.

Memorial bench painted by Vancouver woman to stay in park for now

Park board to look at options for artistic enhancements on commemorative benches

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Weather Network’s anti-meat video ‘doesn’t reflect true story’: cattle ranchers

At issue is the video’s suggestion that cutting back on meat consumption could help save the planet

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Wrestling legend finds his wedding dance groove in B.C.

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho posted on social media that he was in Penticton recently

Most Read