Registration PaleoJoe’s Beginner Family Fossil Digs 

If you, your family, or small group are interested in a Paleo Dig, you’ve come to the right place. Over the last ten years, PaleoJoe has led numerous fossil expeditions to fossil-rich areas around Michigan, Northern Ohio, and Western New York.

Finding Fossils is GUARANTEED!

The sites are extremely fossil-rich.
Trip consists of visits to several Alpena area sites. The sites have lots of fossils to discover.

Students will learn dig site etiquette, tools of the trade, dig site safety, how to find and identify fossils, proper digging techniques, history of the area where they will dig, and much more!

The deposits searched are Devonian in age. Primarily looking for ancient Marine Invertebrates. – Sorry, no dinosaurs or Mastodons. All fossils are Marine Invertebrates that are around 365 Million years old.

Weekend Digs during May, June, July, & August. Availability of weekday Digs varies.

Participants may keep ONLY up to 25 pounds of rock and fossils per person PER YEAR.


Registration for 2021 is NOW OPEN


DUE to COVID restrictions several quarries remain closed. We will only be hosting the Alpena/Rockport Dig this year. 

Should quarries allow me to schedule, you will be notified.


Alpena / ROCKPORT dig – This one will be exclusively in the Rockport quarry.  It will be a little bit of a hiker. We will traverse the quarry going to several locations within the quarry to find varied fauna that can be found in different locations and horizons. We will find corals, brachiopods, stromatopora, crinoid stems and hopefully everyone will find a rare tentaculites as well. Again this is a HIKER you will need to be aware and for this one no small (under 8 or 9 years old) children, unless they will be able to spend the day in the quarry walking from one location to another.




Please register for the dig online.
Once digs are full email me to be added to the waiting list.

Dig Registration Form
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