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Address: Isle La Motte, VT
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Fossils galore

About 45 min to an hour north of the Burlington VT area is a 480 million year old fossil reef. The history of the area and the fossils were interesting. My children were less... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
Anne M
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

About 45 min to an hour north of the Burlington VT area is a 480 million year old fossil reef. The history of the area and the fossils were interesting. My children were less interested in reading the explanatory posters and more interested in running hither and yon looking for fossils. Gastropods, cephalopods, stromatoporoids and more. Great outdoor activity when... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

wow, it is amazing to find out that that an internationally recognized well preserved 480 million old fossil reef is visible in NW Vermont. The easy hiking trails are well marked and the scenery is rolling native trees and grasses. I was pleased to see the Preserve has been designated a Monarch Butterfly waystation. The walk through time is very... More 

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Oakton, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

You have to find the fossils yourself, but there are posters along the trails discussing ancient evolution and how the fossils came to be. Walking is easy, over grass and flat rock that house th fossils.

Thank Cathy H
Isle La Motte, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Come visit the oldest coral reef in the world. Just look down and you'll see all sorts of fossils in the rocks. There are a number of walks through the property and all are easy. Visit the newly restored barn and the tiny museum for a short video and explanation of what took place millions of years ago.

Thank Susan G
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

We went to Isle la motte for a bike ride and stopped in this preserve and were very glad we did. It is very interesting. Currently HP has an exhibit "a trip through time" which has a lot of information. The folks in the visitor center are very friendly and knowledgable. If you are on the island it is worth... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

I stumbled on the placards mounted through a meadow of wildflowers and adjacent woods and was blown away by the information, photos, and wonderful writing. So much fun for learners at any level.

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Missoula, Montana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

The preserve holds a few trails around the area, with basic timelines and history of the world signs guiding the way. The best part of the preserve is the fossils- but be prepared. You'll find a lot of swirly gastropod fossils, and that's about it. Watch out for rattle snakes.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

This site is a marvelous trip through history from several million years ago up to present day. There is a mile long walk through a field and woodlands with hundreds of rock formations which contain fossils from an ancient sea that once covered the area. You will learn about the formation of the planet and the evolution of its plant... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

Just across the road from the Isle La Motte historical society, the Goodsell Preserve is even older, actually very, very, very old. A peaceful spot to wander around on the trails and wonder at the fossils established long before our ancestors. An interesting outing with kids and the flora is lovely in summer.

Thank hurlp
Morton Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

We were staying nearby and pulled in to take the scenic trails around the preserve. There is a small visitor's center where a very knowledgeable gentleman explains about the geology of the island and some of the fossils found here. There is a short video about the preserve and several small displays of fossils. The trails loop around and through... More 

Thank John H

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