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Saturday our family got up early and hit the road for a long day of traveling to the northwest part of Ohio to use the discounted family admission to Sauder Village that I purchased through Groupon. That was a mouthful!

We would end the night at Cedar Point. But before all of that, we had one other spot to hit and that’s what this post is about: Visiting Olander Fossil Park in Sylvania, Ohio.

Collecting fossils at Olander Fossil Park in Ohio

To be honest, I’m the only one in the family that’s really into stuff like this. There are a handful of places where one may search for and collect fossils in Ohio. This would be the second place we’ve visited. You can read about our first fossil hunt experience at Trammel Fossil Park near Cincinnati, Ohio in this post.

Here at Olander you can only search through the shale that they bring near those shelters you see in the image below. You cannot go digging out of the fenced in area. Be sure to read the rules posted on the gate.

There is a walking trail, restrooms and parking area above while the fossil area is downhill. Park at the top and walk downhill, it’s paved.

The shale is soft enough to break with your hands but when it’s wet…oh my…MUD! Bring some boots and a bag for your treasures. There is also restrictions on bringing tools.

It was super muddy the day we were there and I was limited on time as we had other places to go so I had to take stuff and clean it off later at home. Right this minute I have some items soaking in white vinegar and others are cleaned and ready to be revealed.

(Find books on Ohio fossils here.)

I’ll show you my treasures in an upcoming post soon! Subscribe here to get my updates.

Get more info about all the things the Olander Park System in Sylvania, Ohio offers at their website here. For the Olander Fossil Park specifically (at a different location) visit this website.

**Read about our visit to Trammel Fossil Park in Ohio.

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Tracy Zdelar

Owner/Editor at Hall of Fame Moms
Tracy writes about family life and travel here on her blog Hall of Fame Moms and has been interviewed on Ohio Podcast, local radio and Prepper Chicks. Find more info on her About Page.

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