Welcome to the Oregon Paleo Lands Institute (OPLI) Center
Find Time! Explore Oregon’s Natural and Cultural Heritage With Us.
Oregon Paleo Lands Institute mission: The Oregon Paleo Lands Center builds social and economic vitality within the gateway communities of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument through efforts to:
• Conserve, interpret and promote the region's natural and cultural history.
• Develop, with partners, the region's visitor and recreational services, natural and cultural education.
• Welcome visitors, schools, area residents and businesses at the Oregon Paleo Lands Center.
The Oregon Paleo Lands Center will help you discover Oregon's past and explore its present landscapes. With the John Day Basin as our "home base," we provide information on trips, classes and adventures throughout the region. You can fine-tune your skills in photography and art, collect fossils or take a cycling trip and learn about our vast ecosystem.
Start Your John Day Basin Visit Today with these Video tours:
A River Flows Free (10,000 Years, John Day Basin History) Blue Basin (Our Fossil Heritage)
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-Hand sanitizer station.
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Let us help you plan a trip through the John Day Basin
Serving the gateway communities of the John Day Fossil Beds
The Oregon Paleo Lands Center stands ready to assist you on your visit to the John Day and the gateway communities to the John Day Fossil Beds; including Antelope, Condon, Dayville, Fossil, Kimberly, Mitchell, Monument, Service Creek and Spray. Call us today to find out more about great events and activities.
Oregon Paleo Lands Center can help you plan a day hike or cycling trip throughout the region. You can hike through the famous Painted Hills, visit an ancient 33 million year old lakeshore or touch a 44 million year old tree.
Below are two of our most popular hikes and cycling trips. For more information please call (541) 763-4480.
• Clarno Unit, John Day Fossil Beds
• Painted Hills.
The Oregon Paleo Lands Center is now displaying the Mitchell Plesiosaur, the "Tiger of Cretaceous Seas" as its current exhibit. Call today to schedule a trip to the Oregon Paleo Lands Center & Gallery. (541) 763-4480
Help us connect people with Oregon’s extraordinary geologic history, the lessons of past climate change and the Northwest’s changing ecosystems. Oregon Paleo Lands Institute Center is the only learning center in Oregon dedicated to the geologic landscape. With your support, we can make outdoor exploration and learning a family activity.
For a print and mail Donation Form, click here.
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FIND TIME is your complete visitor guide to the mid John Day Basin.
FIND TIME covers the natural and scenic features, natural history, local museums, hiking, cycling, river rafting, services, camping, and lodging.
Bring FIND TIME along on your next expedition in Oregon’s spectacular Paleo Lands.
Download FIND TIME here.
Seven Wonders of Oregon: John Day Fossil Beds
Travel Oregon's Seven Wonders of Oregon: The Painted Hills
John Day River Territory: John Day Basin travel and events guide
Click the .pdf icon to view our John Day Basin Joint Interpretive Strategy
Visitor Center Hosts Wanted
We are a 501c3 educational, non-profit, based in Fossil, Oregon.
(C) 2013 Oregon Paleo Lands Center. All rights reserved.
Created by Gregory Smith & Company, LLC.
Oregon Paleo Lands
OPENING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
Saturday May 27th through Tuesday May 30th, 9:30am - 4:00pm
(closed for lunch 12-1)
Starting June 2023 we will be open Thursday - Sunday, 9:30 - 4:00
(closed for lunch 12-1)
*subject to Volunteer / Staff availability. Please email or call to confirm hours.
Want to Volunteer?
The Paleo Lands Center invites you, to meet the public and school groups at our educational hub of the John Day Basin. Volunteers can serve as Board Members, Advisors, Center helpers and docents and help share exciting natural history exhibits, brochures, and books with visitors and schools.
Please Contact the Center at 541-763-4480 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details
*Please call or email if you would like to schedule your school group for a visit during the week. Thank you!
333 West Fourth Street
Post Office Box 104
Fossil, OR 97830
Phone: (541) 763-4480