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Alpena Public Schools - LaFarge Fossil Park at Jesse Besser Museum

High school and elementary students bring awareness to the amazing geology of northeast Michigan.
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Students from Alpena High School and Lincoln Elementary are helping in the development of a hands on geology exhibit at the Besser Museum. The exhibit includes a fossil dig area with identification keys and maps of other local geological sites. The students learn about the geology of the Alpena area and the large number of fossils found, then use what they learn to help create displays for the fossil park. Teacher cadet students from Alpena High School have been developing and teaching fossil lesson plans to use at Lincoln Elementary and Besser Museum on a yearly basis.  The students of Lincoln Elementary spent two years researching fossils of the Devonian period and exploring local quarries in order to design and create a series of interpretive signs now featured as part of the Besser Museum's fossil park!

Students explored the quarry looking for fossils
Students explored the quarry looking for fossils
Some of the cool fossils you can find at the fossil park!
Some of the cool fossils you can find at the fossil park!
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AmeriCorps volunteers helped students fossil hunt and identify their findings
AmeriCorps volunteers helped students fossil hunt and identify their findings
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The LaFarge Quarry offers an excellent site to search for fossils
The LaFarge Quarry offers an excellent site to search for fossils
Daniel Moffatt fossil hunting with students
Daniel Moffatt fossil hunting with students
Students designed signs to place at the fossil park - this is the final product based off the sudents original sign design
Students designed signs to place at the fossil park - this is the final product based off the sudents original sign design
Students showcasing the custom signs they designed
Students showcasing the custom signs they designed
Students presented at the Friends of Rockport/ Besser Natural Area in April of 2013
Students presented at the Friends of Rockport/ Besser Natural Area in April of 2013
   
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Nancy Abram
Lori Keskimaki
Jenny Poli
Kellie Poli
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Friday, April 20, 2012
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