Formation of Our Land

To understand the formation of our region, we must develop a different sense of space and time spanning thousands of miles and millions of years. We must imagine changes beyond our perception, of continents moving, mountains uplifting and eroding, of canyons slowly being carved by water, glaciers advancing and retreating. We must follow the slow, gradual change of life's evolution, of plants and animals adapting to changing environments or disappearing into extinction. 

In this gallery, visitors can view fossils from our region and beyond, including trilobites, fossil plants, a mammoth tooth, and the skull of a giant beaver. Children are invited to touch real dinosaur footprints and peak below the surface in a cutaway display of an archeological excavation.