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Fossil Exhibit

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Take a step back in time, when Michigan was covered by a tropical sea.

A new exhibit space in the Boardman River Nature Center will whisk you away to another time, when Michigan was underwater and teeming with life beneath the sea. Any one of us can hold proof of this in our hands, walking along the shores of our Great Lake, examining stones with fossilized remains. Now you can see them up close and personal:

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Ever wonder what makes a Petoskey stone a Petoskey stone? Find your answer to this, and many more interesting facts at the brand new fossil exhibit at the Boardman River Nature Center.

Thank you to everyone that made this exhibit possible:

This exhibit would not have been possible without the generosity of Chris Witulski and Judy Dawley at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan; local electricians and woodworkers Ed & David Moehle; Ron Blakey of Northern Arizona University; and, Mike Rose, Mark Larson & John Werth from Specification Stone Products.

Special thanks go out to Rick & Marcia Micklin, Joe & Mary Rasch, Jason Safronoff, Cindy Retherford, Bramer Automotive, Jack Robbins, Marge Forgione, Deborah Cramer and Kevin Gauthier of Korner Gem.

Funding for this exhibit was generously provided by the Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City, the Grand Traverse Area Rock & Mineral Club and John & Jane Matz.