Devonian Fossil Gorge field trip with Louisa County Conservation

Explore the ancient remains of an ocean floor from 375 million years ago right here in Iowa.

Join Louisa County Conservation on Friday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a field trip back in time at the Devonian Fossil Gorge, near Iowa City.

The Devonian Fossil Gorge opened when the floods of 1993 washed away tons of soil, revealing the spectacular fossils from the shallow ocean that once covered Iowa. Participants will explore the Fossil Gorge and eat a picnic lunch. In addition, participants can expect to view wildlife, past and present, at the University of Iowa Natural History Museum after lunch.

This spring break field trip is open to youth from fourth grade and up. Participants will meet at the Conservation Office at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. Transportation for youth is available, but space is limited. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but should plan on driving themselves and their child separately.

There is a cost for riding in the LCCB van. Participants will need to dress to be both indoors and out as well as bring a sack lunch and drink for the picnic lunch.

Preregistration is available at There is an option to print the form and mail payment or register and pay online. The event, ?Devonian Fossil Gorge,? can be found under the ?events? tab.

Contact Louisa County Conservation at 319-523-8381 or email Lana at with any questions.