Educator's Trek

From time to time, the Imagination Station offers treks selected and organized by one of our Educators. These treks are meant to be in-the-field experiences with knowledgable guides.

Green Mill Run Fossil Expedition
with Director of Education, Justin White

May 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Follow Justin through the waters of Green Mill Run. This unsuspecting stream, which runs into East Carolina University's main campus, is a gold mine for fossils from North Carolina's Pliocene and Cretaceous periods.

Justin will lead you to the best spots for fossil and artifact finds. He'll then guide you through the digging and screening process. Among the things you might uncover, and Justin will teach you to identify, are sharks teeth and bone fragments. You may even be lucky enough to find the coveted tooth of a modern Great White!

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Green Mill Run Educator's Trek 2015

For this trek, we'll meet at the museum at 9:00 AM and depart as soon as everyone has arrived. Imagination station will provide sifters, shovels, bags for fossils, and bottled water.

Recommended supplies you should bring include:
• Fishing waders, rain boots, aqua shoes, or any type of footwear you don't mind getting wet. (We will get wet and the creek can be any where from a few inches to 3 feet deep in spots. This is an urban stream, so we will encounter debris such as broken glass. Your safety and comfort requires proper footwear.
• Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
• Bring comfortable Work gloves.
• Bring a bagged lunch.
• Wear sun screen.
• Bring bug spray.
• Bring a rain poncho.