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John Day Fossil Beds launches spring programs

Starting in April, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument will be offering several spring programs which will be of interest to visitors and school groups alike.
   These programs will be presented at the Sheep Rock Unit of the monument, near Dayville. Two geology programs for the general public will be offered once per month.
   One program is a ranger-conducted, one-mile hike into the stunning, badlands beauty of Blue Basin. The second is a ranger led auto tour through the story-laden fossil bed landscape.
   Throughout spring, ongoing ranger talks at the visitor center's fossil museum will delight those fascinated with prehistory.
   For the teacher and students, the monument offers a variety of education programs for classes ranging in age from kindergarten through high school many designed to meet Oregon Department of Education curriculum goals for science.
   Classroom programs at nearby schools can also be arranged, featuring geology, fossils, and career development. Fossil kits and videos on the prehistory of Oregon are available for loan. Teachers should call soon to schedule a spring program.
   For further information on program schedules and times, or to set up an education program, please call the monument at 541-987-2333, and ask for visitor services.