Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to dig up a fossil ,hold it in your hand,and realize that you are the only human that has ever seen it? It can be quite an exciting experience .Back In Time Expeditions will guide and assist you in recovering your own piece of the past fossil as well as to provide you with an educational expierience into Florida's ancient fossil past,and the animals that once roamed here thousands or millions of years ago.
We conduct our expeditions in the Peace River,located in southwest Florida,between Wauchula and Arcadia,( DeSoto , Hardee and Polk Counties)and are considered walk in trips,in which you can park your car and have a short walk to the river.Since you will be in the river,wear clothes that can get wet,shorts or swim suit.Old tennis shoes with socks. The socks will help keep the sand out of your shoes and you will probably feel more comfortable.Sandals and flip flops are not recommended. A hat and sunscreen is also sugessted.A t-shirt helps if you do not want to get suburned on your back and shoulders.
We are guided by the laws that regulate Florida Fossil Hunting,and the appreciation for the professional paleontologist. We are their eyes in the field and some of the greatest finds were found by amateurs. Even though you are allowed to keep what you find on our trips,any finds of scientific importance,a new spieces or a major find,we ask that it be donated to the Florida Museum Of Natural History in Gainesville ,Florida. For information on obtaining a permit and the laws that regulate Florida fossil hunting,go to the FOSSIL HUNTING IN FLORIDA section of this site and click on the link that is provided there.However we do have a group permit that will cover you on our expeditions.
If you are goin to be staying over,you can choose to stay wherever you like,however,we have made arrangements with a hotel for a group discount.
Returning back at the hotel,after our expedition,you are invited to our Back In Time Barbeque,for a good relaxing time,and a chance to share your finds with others ,talk fossils,florida fossil history or whatever you like.
We also have a special surprise gift for everyone,during or after the barbeque.
If you are staying with us at the hotel,even though they allow pets,we ask that you do not bring them on the fossil hunt.
If we get into at least half the allotted fossiling time,then get rained out,your money cannot be refunded. If we get a bad storm and have to call you and cancel,then we will do our best to issue a refund or will be happy to schedule you for another trip, at a discount rate.
Even though our trips are safe,they are still considered wilderness trips and come with a certain amount of risk ,therefore we ask that you(click here) and print and sign our liabilty release form,bringing it with you . If you forget to do this ,we will have forms on premise for you to sign before you can go on the fossil expedition.
Above Photo By : Glenn Bruno ©
LAWS AND PERMITS
ACCOMODATIONS AND BBQ
WHAT WE DO
Tours usually last 5-6 hours,weather permitting
Our Fees Are As Follows :
Adults..... $75.00 per person....Children under 12...$50.00
Family discounts will apply with two adults and more then 2 children..call for details
Groups,Scouts or organization discounts available,call or email for info
Discounts will apply to two to three trips in a row.
If possible try to give us more then one day you would be available for the expedition.
So,if you plan a trip to Florida,just think of these typical souveniers :
T-SHIRTS ..... THEY FADE,GET TORN,AND NEVER LAST
COCONUTS ..... THEY TURN BROWN AND ROT AND NEVER LAST
FAKE ALLIGATORS ..... BECOME YOUR PETS TOY,AND NEVER LAST
POSTCARDS ..... THEY ALSO FADE,TEAR EASY,NEVER LAST
ORANGES ..... GONE ONCE YOU EAT THEM
FOSSILS ..... LAST FOREVER
Join us on our next Back In Time Expedition,and bring back a Florida souvenier that will last forever .....
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BACK IN TIME EXPEDITIONS
On our expeditions we search for bones and teeth of animals that lived here thousands
or millions of years ago such as camels,giant ground sloths,giant armadillo,mammoth
and mastodon,horses bison,giant land tortoise and other turtle species,capybaras,
tapirs,dugong,whales,sharks and much much more !
Our expirienced staff will take you on a personalized expedition to sites that are known to contain fossils of the above mentioned animals,where you will be shown where and
how to dig and sift with the equipment that will be provided for you,along with identifying and dating your fossil finds.We often get asked if we find Megalodon teeth,the answer is yes,however smaller ones are more common.Out of all of our expeditions,we have never returned without finding any sharks teeth or fossils of many species.Please refer to our FAQ'S page for more info.
COME AND EXPLORE FLORIDA'S FOSSIL PAST
CALL US TOLL FREE 1-888-44-FOSSIL ( 1-888-443-6774 )