Imagine the woods and trails of Asbury Woods not as they are today, but in the many forms the landscape has taken during the eras of geologic time: vast tropical oceans, covered in glaciers and more recently flooded by a shallow sea. All this change makes it an environment that is rich with fossils to this day, as is the entire Lake Erie region.
Taking a walk through the Walnut Creek watershed can provide a window into the past, with history molded into the layers of sediment. This summer, Asbury Woods is partnering with Mercyhurst University to present an installation of fossils at Brown’s Farm Barn from the Sincak Natural History Collection of Mercyhurst University. The Sincak Collection represents specimens from the Cambrian to the Quaternary Periods showcasing from roughly 500 million years ago to just 12,000 years ago.
Assistant Professor of Geology and Curator of the Sincak Natural History
Collection, is preparing an exhibition which represents animal species found
across North America. McKenzie noted,
“The opportunity to share the Sincak collection with more people is exciting
because it is a reminder that the fields of geology, natural history and scientific
discovery are continuing to evolve. Each
walk in the woods, along a shoreline or through a creek bed represents the
potential next discovery that changes how we view our history.”
The Unearthed exhibition of fossils from the Sincak Natural History Collection at Mercyhurst University will be on display at Brown’s Farm Barn at Asbury Woods Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from July 7 through July 31. Support for this program is provided by an anonymous friend of Asbury Woods.
July 12, 6:30 p.m. - Journey of Prehistoric Life That Once Inhabited Asbury Woods by Scott McKenzie, Paleontology Director
July 26, 6:00 p.m. - Geologic History of Asbury Woods by Nick Lang, Associate Professor of Geology
Fossil Find - Friday, July 27; 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Put on your archeologist's hat and join us in the hunt for fossils at Asbury Woods! A naturalist will share some archaeology tips and tricks before children use simple tools to uncover their own fossil. Fossils from Mercyhurst University collection will be on display during the program.
Ages: 2-7 years, accompanied by an adult. Location: Brown's Farm Barn. Participation fee: $6 members; $10 non members
Fossil Crawl - Thursday, July 26; 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 28; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Explore the geologic features of Walnut Creek and search for fossils! Search the creek bed to reveal secrets of the past before returning to Brown's Farm Barn to view fossils from the Mercyhurst University collection. Please dress fora mile hike and exploring in the creek water.
Ages: 11-15 years, drop off is permitted. Location: Brown's Farm Barn
Participation fee: $6 members; $10 non members