Fresh Air Family fossil hunt

Millions of years ago, Giant creatures crawled out of a swamp in Alabama and left behind footprints for modern fossil hunters. On Saturday, April 12, your family can dig for rare fossils, at a site where scientists study ancient sea creatures. Fresh Air Family has scheduled two fossil hunts for April 12, one at 9 am and one at 1 PM. at the Union Chapel coal mine, near Sumiton.

The event is sponsored by the Kids 1st Club of America's First Federal Credit Union and the Forestdale office of America's First. The cost is $15 for non-members, $10 for members. The first session will meet at 9 a.m. at the Wal-Mart in Sumiton. The second session will meet there at 1 p.m. For more information or to register online at

Parents are advised that the site has jagged rocks and uneven surfaces. Children must be carefully supervised by parents. This event may not be suitable for pre-school children. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Tools needed are a small hammer, a screwdriver, gloves and a box with newspaper or rags to wrap your fossils.