Fossil Tour of the Ohio Statehouse on Earth Day 2024
April 12, 2024

Fossil Tour for Earth Day
(Columbus, OH)—The Ohio Statehouse invites families and friends to a FREE fossil tour on Saturday, April 20 from noon until 1:30 p.m. During this special tour, visitors will see fossil specimens, and then find similar fossils in the limestone walls and floors of the Ohio Statehouse.

The tour starts on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. Fossils will be displayed by Dale M. Gnidovec, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum. Mark Peter, Paleontologist at ODNR Division of Geological Survey, will lead the group inside and outside the Ohio Statehouse.

Each visitor will receive a free copy of the booklet, Statehouse Fossils: A Guide to Fossils of the Ohio Capitol, by Mark E. Peter. The booklet is provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey.

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year to encourage global conservation efforts and environmental protection. These events encourage young learners to explore the natural world and engage the public in efforts to care for our planet.

Photos are available on the Ohio Statehouse website:

This special tour is free and open to the public. Visitors may meet in the Worthington Center on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. Registration is not required, but individuals or organizations that want to schedule a group to attend the tour, should contact Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726 or