The Ric and Jean Edelman Fossil Park project includes development of a 65-acre site for a new Educational and Research Facility. This site includes a former open-pit marl mine, one of the last to remain open on the East Coast. As the only fossil site of its kind within a major metropolitan area, the Fossil Park will provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy an authentic hands-on exploration of the subject matter.
The project includes approximately 36,000 square foot museum/visitors center for citizen science and discovery-based learning. The building is expected to be two-stories and the programmatic elements of the facility include exhibition halls, displays, event spaces, a theater, teaching spaces and associated support spaces. The project site includes educational walking paths, Amphitheater, pedestrian bridges, parking areas, support buildings, and restroom facilities.