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Asbury Woods and Mercyhurst University Present: Unearthed

Posted on July 3rd, 2018 at 1:05 PM
Asbury Woods and Mercyhurst University Present: Unearthed

Asbury Woods and Mercyhurst University partner to present Unearthed, an exhibition which represents animal species found across North America. Unearthed will be on view at Brown’s Farm Barn July 7 through July 31. A press conference is scheduled on July 6 at 9:30 a.m. at Brown’s Farm Barn with behind-the-scenes tour.

Exhibition Viewing Hours:
July 7 – 31
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Brown’s Farm Barn
5774 Sterrettania Rd.
Fairview, PA 16415

Unearthed details can be found here:

Imagine the woods and trails of Asbury Woods not as they are today, but in the many forms the landscape has taken during the eras of geologic time:  vast tropical oceans, covered in glaciers and more recently flooded by a shallow sea.  All this change makes it an environment that is rich with fossils to this day, as is the entire Lake Erie region.

Taking a walk through the Walnut Creek watershed can provide a window into the past, with history molded into the layers of sediment.  This summer, Asbury Woods is partnering with Mercyhurst University to present an installation of fossils at Brown’s Farm Barn from the Sincak Natural History Collection of Mercyhurst University.  The Sincak Collection represents specimens from the Cambrian to the Quaternary Periods showcasing from roughly 500 million years ago to just 12,000 years ago.

Scott McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Geology and Curator of the Sincak Natural History Collection, is preparing an exhibition which represents animal species found across North America.  McKenzie noted, “The opportunity to share the Sincak collection with more people is exciting because it is a reminder that the fields of geology, natural history and scientific discovery are continuing to evolve.  Each walk in the woods, along a shoreline or through a creek bed represents the potential next discovery that changes how we view our history.”

The Unearthed exhibition of fossils from the Sincak Natural History Collection at Mercyhurst University will be on display at Brown’s Farm Barn at Asbury Woods Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from July 7 through July 31. Support for this program is provided by an anonymous friend of Asbury Woods.

 Program Details

Lectures at Brown's Farm Barn by Mercyhurst University Faculty:

  • July 12, 6:30 p.m. - Journey of Prehistoric Life That Once Inhabited Asbury Woods by Scott McKenzie, Paleontology Director

    July 26, 6:00 p.m. - Geologic History of Asbury Woods by Nick Lang, Associate Professor of Geology

Family programming hosted by Asbury Woods:

  • Fossil Find - Friday, July 27; 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    Put on your archeologist's hat and join us in the hunt for fossils at Asbury Woods! A naturalist will share some archaeology tips and tricks before children use simple tools to uncover their own fossil. Fossils from Mercyhurst University collection will be on display during the program. Ages: 2-7 years, accompanied by an adult. Location: Brown's Farm Barn. Participation fee: $6 members; $10 non members.
  • Fossil Crawl - Thursday, July 26; 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 28; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Explore the geologic features of Walnut Creek and search for fossils! Search the creek bed to reveal secrets of the past before returning to Brown's Farm Barn to view fossils from the Mercyhurst University collection. Please dress fora mile hike and exploring in the creek water. Ages: 11-15 years, drop off is permitted. Location: Brown's Farm Barn. Participation fee: $6 members; $10 non members.


The mission of Asbury Woods is to provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.

Asbury Woods achieves this mission through a diverse array of educational, environmental and recreational programming for schools, community groups, families and individuals of all ages.  In addition, they manage and maintain 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails.

The Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of the educational programming, providing animal exhibits, a touch-and-learn Discovery Classroom and free public access six days per week.  The Brown’s Farm Barn located on Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits and community programs.  The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the Nature Center.  The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wading in Walnut Creek.  Trail users will find peaceful spots to rest and relax to take in the serene vistas.

Asbury Woods is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is made possible by funding from program and service fees, grants, special events and generous donations from members and patrons. Annually, Asbury Woods positively impacts more than 100,000 people who use the trails, attend festivals or participate education and community outreach programs.