ROYAL, Neb. - The Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 26 where visitors will be treated to a fossil and artifact identification station, educational activities, ice cream, cupcakes, and souvenir giveaways. Visitors can even bring their own fossils and artifacts from home to be identified by an expert. 

The park has always been a site of interest ever since the 1970s when the fossil bed was discovered. Below the surface were a number of well-preserved fossils showcasing the life of local Nebraska animals now extinct. Ancient species of horses, rhinos, and deer are just some of those which were preserved in fallen ash. Now paleontologists and students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln excavate the ground for more discoveries. An event in which visitors to the park can observe and even ask questions to workers as they excavate.

The Ashfall Park is currently open and their schedule can be found on their website. On the day of the 30th-anniversary celebrations, the park will be open at 9:30 a.m. and will remain open until 4:30 p.m.