We offer many opportunities to learn more about the fascinating science of paleontology. You can sign up for a Fossil Field Experience through our education department, attend stimulating lectures by renowned scientists as part of our lecture series, join our Fossil Club, or for the younger set, attend our Jr. Paleontologist camp.
If you have an unusual fossil from Calvert Cliffs, our Curator of Paleontology would be happy to help you identify your find. Please call ahead for an appointment 410-326-2042 ext. 8047.
Where to Find Fossils
1) Bay Front Park (formerly known as Brownie’s Beach) is located south of the town of Chesapeake Beach on MD Rt. 261. Limited parking is available. Open daily, year round. Fee charged Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tel: 301-855-8398 or 410-257-2230. NOTE: Access currently restricted to Chesapeake Beach residents only. 2) Breezy Point Beach is located at the end of Breezy Point Road just off MD Rt. 261. Open daily from April 15 to October 15. Fee. Tel: 410-535-0259 . 3) Matoaka Beach Cabins is located just east of St. Leonard on Calvert Beach Road. Open daily, year round. Fee. Tel: (410) 586-0269. 4) Flag Ponds Nature Parkis located 10 miles north of Solomons on MD Rt. 4. Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and open weekends Labor Day through Memorial Day. Fee. Tel: 410-586-1477 (direct line) 410-535-5327 (reservations, groups). 5) Calvert Cliffs State Park is located six miles north of Solomons on MD Rt. 4. It has nature trails through a wooded park leading to the beach. The beach is a two mile hike from where you park your vehicle. Open daily, year round. Tel: 443-975-4360.
Help Scientists Learn More
Please report any notable fossils, especially skulls or intact skeletons that you may find, to the Calvert Marine Museum at 410-326-2042, ext. 8047. The Curator of Paleontology can assemble a qualified field team and obtain the necessary permits to collect the specimen. Anyone who finds a significant fossil is always given credit for their discovery.
Sea Cows and Mermaids
Learn about of sea cows and their relationship to mermaids in history. Click here to download a web version of Sirenians & Sirens: Sea Cows and Mermaids (4.26 MB pdf). Full color printed copies are available in the Museum Store.