Rockford, Iowa is home to a treasure...the Fossil & Prairie Park.
K and I spent a Saturday afternoon exploring this awesome park.
This was the first spot we maneuvered down to.
We immediately began our quest...to find Devonian shell fossils.
We decided we really wanted to go here...
So we climbed down this!
And we discovered this!
Check out how the fossils are sticking up on little mountains of clay!
This former quarry was used from the early 1890's to the 1970's to extract clay for brick and tile making.
This was our haul...
The park fossil hunting identification guide showed seven kinds of fossils...
We think we found examples of all of them. :)
Crinoids were the smallest and hardest to find...K found these. I found none.
The park covers about 400 acres...We'll be back next year for sure! We didn't even get to this part of it...
Do you like to collect rocks, fossils or other bits from nature? Where do you like to go to collect specimens?