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 begins in March 

I choose Dates in March. I will then Email you a list of those dates to choose from.

I am doing things a bit differently this year. Cost for the digs remains at $ 95.00 per carload. I am restricted by number of cars I can bring into the quarry.


We will be doing 3 different types of digs,


1. ROCKPORT ONLY 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.


2. THREE SITES DIG This one will be the one I generally do with all beginners. We stop at 3 different locations around Alpena to dig in the fossil rich Potter Farm Formation and then the Rockport Limestone in Rockport Quarry.


3. Finally TWO CITIES DIG. We will begin in the Alpena area but then drive approximately 23 miles north to the Carmuese quarry in Rogers City to dig in the clay sediment in the Rogers City Limestone formation.


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


Dig Registration Form
Thank YOU for hosting this past weekend’s event. My son, James, is more determined than EVER to become a paleontologist when he grows up. You have provided an inexpensive way for families to spend time together, for kids to meet other kids with similar interests, and an educational day filled with memories to last a lifetime. For James, this was a great way for him to get his feet wet and see if paleontology would be something he would really and truly want to do as an adult. – Michele T.
Thanks again for the great day yesterday. We had so much fun and our son just can’t stop talking about it!!! Today we are going to be cleaning up the fossils and he is going to take some to school for show-and-tell. We really appreciate all of your talents and how much you inspire everyone. Keep up the good work. – A.Y.
We had a BLAST! The kids were chatting all the way back to (home)! Each of them had their favorite spot, and each of them had their favorite fossil. We just can’t thank you enough, it was so much fun!! – D.G.
Joe thanks for a great day fossil digging! The kids had the time of their life. You were a great guide and incredibly organized. I will be recommending you to all my friends with kids in the future. – M.F.
Paleo Joe, Thank you for a wonderful trip fossil hunting around Alpena Michigan on July 26. We had a great time and found lots of fossils. We all liked the Calcite Quarry the best. We would like to go fossil hunting again in Alpena sometime. Can we take your trip more than once? Anyways thank you again. B.M.
We had a great time. My husband who is more of a diver than a fossil-hound, was fascinated, and I think we turned him into an avid fossil-hunter! We enjoyed your sites, your kind input and expertise, as well as the beautiful area! – K.S.

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