Excellent turnout for “Family Fun Friday - Fabulous Fossils” at County Museum

Public Engagement Coordinator Aidan Brady stands at a table of items under a canopy. An audience of people gathers around the canopy.Left groups of children dig in sandpits under canopies. Right, real paleontologists dig at a dig site.People of all ages mingle around the Museum's gallery.

Photo #1 - Aidan Brady of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum describing prehistoric life in Sweetwater County at Friday’s “Family Fun Friday - Fabulous Fossils” event.


Photo #2 - Children at the Museum’s special event on Friday got hands-on experience in digging their own fossils, just as paleontologists do at actual dig sites.


Photo #3 - Many who attended Friday’s event toured the Museum afterward. Gallery exhibits include prehistoric life in Sweetwater County, Native Americans, the mountain men, frontier-era emigrants, ranching, coal and trona mining, the Lincoln Highway, the Chinese in Rock Springs, the railroad, and John Wesley Powell’s expeditions down the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon.


(Sweetwater County, Wyo. - July 19, 2022)    The Sweetwater County Historical Museum’s latest special event was attended by over a hundred people.

On Friday, the Museum hosted “Family Fun Friday - Fabulous Fossils,” an outdoor event. Public Engagement Coordinator Aidan Brady spoke about Wyoming’s prehistoric and geological history, and described the dinosaurs that once roamed Sweetwater County.

Children at the event got to handle and explore variety of fossils, including Knightias, which are Wyoming’s official State Fossil, and learned firsthand how paleontologists use trowels, brushes, and screens to dig and sift for fossils in a dig pit.

Other family-friendly events are planned at the Museum for the near future, including gold panning, adobe brick making, and Native American basket weaving.

The Museum is located at 3 E. Flaming Gorge Way in Green River. Hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free.