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The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute

401 Fourth Street, Fossil, Oregon 97830 USA

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“access Oregon's most ancient landscapes”

The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute is a new, educational non-profit in Fossil, Oregon, dedicated to connecting the public with Oregon’s natural and geologic history. OPLI is developing education-based tourism in rural Wheeler County, OR as part of regional economic development. We are focused on helping this region of Oregon achieve a sustainable future. Our partners include the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Wheeler County, and school districts in north-central Oregon. We offer art, writing, and photographic workshops, guided hikes and bike trips, family activities, float trips, and custom itineraries across Oregon, with an emphasis on the geologic and natural history of the John Day Basin. We also work with schools and school groups, provide specialized trips, and classroom assistance for schools. The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute mission is to protect, promote, and educate about Oregon's ancient and living landscapes including the Earth's most accessible place to view the past 40 million years of life, while supporting the rural communities of the John Day Basin.

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June 17, 2015

The Oregon Paleo Lands Center & Gallery 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.
Visitor's Center and informational hub for the John Day Basin region. Amenities include outside kiosk if you need specific information after hours or on days building is closed. Small bookstore, long term parking, Wi Fi, Electronic Charging Station and more.

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