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If you want to see complete
fossil skeletons up close, you have come to the right place! 
Ashfall Fossil Beds is truly a remarkable fossil
Dozens of
perfectly preserved prehistoric mammals have been uncovered and are on display in-situ
– exactly where they were found. 


Access is key on this
Virtual Field Trip!  Our educator
presents an overview of the site and then takes you into the fossil bed,
a privilege not afforded to on-site visitors. 
The result is a first-hand, close-up look at ancient rhino, horse, and
camel skeletons lying in the waterhole where they died 12 million years ago.
Excavation techniques within the fossil bed are demonstrated, and the active dig
and paleontological research work that takes place each summer is
explained.  There is time for Q & A,
so you will have an opportunity to delve as deep as your curiosity can take you. 


The Ashfall Fossil Beds
State Historical Park is a wonder of the natural world.  Twelve million years ago a super volcanic
eruption in southwest Idaho deposited a thick layer of volcanic ash over much
of North America – nearly twelve inches deep across what is now Nebraska.  The ash, actually tiny shards of glass,
devastated the local wildlife. Some animals perished in a watering hole that
eventually filled with the drifting ash, preserving their skeletons in extreme
detail seldom seen in the fossil record.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $125.00
Multipoint Premium: $115.00
Point to Point: $125.00
Point to Point Premium: $115.00



Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Virtual Field Trips can be scheduled from mid-March to mid-November, Tuesday through Friday.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

• If you need to cancel or change a session date, please let us know ASAP.
• Failure to cancel in advance will result in being charged the full price of the program.
• There is no charge if your program is canceled due to weather or unforeseen technical problems.
• If a virtual field trip needs to be rescheduled due to unforeseen technical or weather events, we will try to reschedule within the following two weeks at no extra charge.

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Explore Natural History: University of Nebraska State Museum

Lincoln, NE
United States

Sparking people's interest in the natural world and preserving it for future generations. That is our philosophy at the University of Nebraska State Museum. Established in 1871, the University
of Nebraska State Museum is an active research museum. We are known for our paleontological
collections, especially our iconic hall of ancient elephants, yet we also
maintain over 13 million specimens, ethnographic and archeological
The museum is focused on promoting discovery in natural science, and
fostering scientific understanding and interpretation of the Earth’s
past, present and future through world-class exhibits, collections,
special events, and education. The Museum is a
proud Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Annie Mumgaard

Program Details


1. You will be Introduced to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
2. You will discover the animals who lived here 12 million years ago
3. You will learn about the super volcanic eruption that devastated the wildlife
4. You will step into the fossil dig site for an up-close view of the skeletons
5. You will see a demonstration of the excavation process
6. Questions and Answers!


Participants will:
- Discover a snapshot of prehistoric wildlife and landscape through the sciences of paleontology and geology.
- Be introduced to the catastrophic event that preserved the fossil skeletons at the site.
- Engage in a close-up view of these remarkable fossils.