top of page
About the Oregon Paleo Lands Institute

Explore Oregon’s Geologic and Natural Heritage With Us.

The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute Center is an educational, community-based non-profit in Fossil, Oregon. We strive to help North West Oregon residents and visitors of all ages explore, understand, and enjoy the world-renowned natural history of North Central Oregon. We are proficient in helping visitors schedule trips, tours and hikes throughout the region.
Working with schools, adults and community groups, Oregon Paleo Lands Institute Center aims to broaden the understanding of the Earth's history and the lessons it holds for us today.

Oregon Paleo Lands  
Institute Center

2024 Summer Hours

Thursday - Sunday 


*we will be closed

one hour for lunch

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 for details


Road and Weather Conditions


*Please call or email if you would like to schedule your school group for a visit during the week. Thank you!


Contact Information

333 West Fourth Street

Post Office Box 104

Fossil, OR 97830
Phone: (541) 763-4480




bottom of page