At this time, the Edelman Fossil Park is not open to the public except for ticketed events or group experiences. We announce ticketed public events in advance of the ticket sale date on our social media channels and our email list. If you would like information on arranging a visit for a schools, scout organization, or a private event (like a birthday party, wedding, or a corporate event), please fill out the inquiry form below.
We are looking forward to welcoming the public to the park any time they would like once our museum opens (anticipated in 2023)- more info coming soon.
Since 2012, Dr. Lacovara has hosted community Dig Days at the quarry in partnership with Mantua Township's Economic Development Office and the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The wildly popular events give citizens the opportunity to search for fossils at the site—and for Dr. Lacovara and his researchers to bring the excitement of science to citizens of all ages. Thus far, nearly 15,000 visitors have searched for fossils in the park. Rowan is a proud partner with Mantua Township and Gloucester County Freeholders to further develop the park.
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We provide a STEM-focused curriculum and hands-on fossil hunting for students ages 7-12 in June and July. Campers excavate their very own fossils and receive an authentic paleontologist’s field guide to log their experiences.
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Read about the GEO Explorers program in the Courier-Post
Committed to the discovery and characterization of extinct forms of life, Dr. Lacovara conducts exploratory fieldwork in pursuit of species that contribute to our understanding of life on Earth.
A sought-after expert by international media outlets on issues related to science and scientific discovery, he is internationally known for his discovery of Dreadnoughtus schrani, a massive, plant-eating dinosaur that is the best example found of any of the largest creatures ever to walk the planet.
Found in Patagonia, the dinosaur weighed about 65 tons and roamed the southern tip of South America approximately 77 million years ago. His discovery was reported on by thousands of media outlets around the world.
Dr. Lacovara is a fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club, has conducted research on five continents, and is a leader in applying cutting-edge technology, such as 3D printing and computer modeling, to the study of dinosaurs.
Dr. Lacovara grew up in South Jersey and earned his bachelor’s degree in geography, with minors in biology and anthropology, from Rowan in 1984. He completed his master’s degree in coastal geomorphology at the University of Maryland College Park in 1986 and his doctorate in geology from the University of Delaware in 1998.
Dr. Lacovara presented a TED Talk lecture on Feb. 16, 2016, at the annual TED Conference in Vancouver. TED Talks are presented by some of the world’s most inspired thinkers. He presented in the “Deep Memory” session of the TED Conference. His talk has garnered more than 1.2 million views.
Wall Street Journal
New Species of Dinosaur Weighed as Much as a Dozen Elephants
In a thin, six-inch bone bed on the site of a former marl pit, Dr. Kenneth Lacovara is leading research at the Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University in Mantua Township, N.J.
The park contains thousands of fossils and provides researchers with the best window, east of the Mississippi, into the Cretaceous Period—the heyday of the dinosaurs.
Fossils found at the site, include, among others, marine snails, brachiopods, bryozoan colonies, shark teeth, boney fish, sea turtles, marine crocodiles and mosasaurs.
Lacovara’s team is analyzing the fossils, the sediments and the geochemistry of the site to gain a clearer picture of the period when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Rowan University alumni Jean and Ric Edelman made history on Oct. 17, 2016, when they announced a $25 million gift to transform the Rowan University Fossil Park into a world-class destination for scientific discovery and “citizen science.”
The Fossil Park will be known as the Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University.
The gift from the Edelmans is the largest ever from Rowan alumni and the second largest gift in the institution’s history.
Plans for the tract include a museum and visitor center, laboratory spaces, a nature trail, a paleontology-themed playground, and social spaces. Wildly popular community and school Dig Days at the site will continue.
For more on the Edelmans and their gift, visit rowan.edu/edelmangift.