KEMMERER — A collaborative effort between the Fossil Butte National Monument, International Fiber Collaborative Inc., and schools throughout Wyoming, Montana, California, Texas, Kansas, and Utah has culminated in a special “Art in the Park” installation at the Fossil Butte visitor center.
More than 70 works of art will be on display in the visitor center from July 1 to Sept. 30.
“We are very excited to display these works of art from 19 different schools, with more than 560 students contributing,” Superintendent Angela Wetz said. “It has been about a year in the making. We gave students the theme ‘Aquarium in Stone,’ and they researched what makes Fossil Butte special and translated their interpretations into works of art.”
The art will be viewable during visitor center hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park also offers ranger guided programs every day of the week, including fossil prep demonstrations, porch talks, and timeline walks.
Participating schools include Cottonwood Elementary School, Rattlesnake Elementary School, Warren High and Elementary School, Churchill Junior High School, Coronado High School, Prairie Wind Elementary School, Jackson Hole High School, Coronado High School, Century Elementary School, Mitchelle Elementary School, Colstrip High School, Rawlins Middle School, Fallbrook High School, Treasure Mt. Jr. High School, Star Valley Middle School, Newman Elementary School, North Park Elementary School, East High School, Sunrise Elementary School and Fast Forward Charter High School.
A 7.5-mile scenic drive begins just west of the visitor center parking lot. The full drive is now open after the winter closure. The scenic drive ends at Bureau of Land Mangement land which is open to the public. However, drivers should use extreme caution as these roads are very rough and unmaintained. A four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicle is required.
Fossil Butte was set aside to protect diverse, abundant, and well-preserved fossils from the Eocene Epoch in the Green River Formation. The visitor center, which displays more than 300 of these fossils, is open daily.
For more information about Fossil Butte, visit www.nps.gov/fobu, call 307-877-4455, or follow #FossilButteNPS on social media.
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