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A Voyage of Discovery: Cretaceous New Jersey and the Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University visits Gloucester County Library

(Mullica Hill, NJ) –Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Lyman Barnes announced today that the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS) is proud to present A Voyage of Discovery: Cretaceous New Jersey and the Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University.

This program will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the GCLS Mullica Hill Library from 7 to 8:15 p.m. and will be presented by Dr. Kenneth J. Lacovara, Founding Dean, Rowan University School of Earth & Environment Director, The Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University. 

Freeholder Director Damminger said, "We are fortunate to have this natural wonder in our own backyards and I behoove all of our residents to take advantage of the opportunities that the Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University has to offer."

Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Liaison to the Gloucester County Library System, said, “Our library works to bring the best programming to our residents and they do not disappoint.  Dr. Lacovara is a world-renowned paleontologist and to have the chance to listen to him present this program about the fossils that are in our very own county is quite special.” 

Space is limited and registration is requested. To register, please visit or call the library at 856-223-6050.

The program:  Science is about discovery; it is about opening windows. It is hard to imagine that a shovel and a hole in the ground can transport us back in time, but they can. Step into the Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University and a unique window opens at your feet into a pivotal moment in Earth history. Nearly everyone who visits the quarry finds a fossil, a fossil that until that second has not seen the light of day for 65 million years. The humbling, awe-inspiring aspect of this experience is lost on few. The scientific research in progress at the fossil site holds the possibility of unlocking one of the most enduring mysteries about dinosaur extinction and will enhance the reputation of this region across the globe.

The opportunity to develop this site promises to make Rowan University the place for experiential education, while rallying a community around the pride of their fossil heritage and the excitement of discovery. Rowan alumni Jean and Ric Edelman understood this vision, and earlier this fall made a gift of $25 million to the fossil park for construction of a world class museum and visitor center at the 65-acre site. It is a landmark gift that will impact scientific discovery and science education for generations.

World-renowned paleontologist Dr. Ken Lacovara, a graduate of Rowan (then Glassboro State College), serves as the founding Dean of the School of Earth & Environment and Founding Director of the Fossil Park.

The GCLS Mullica Hill Library, a branch of the Gloucester County Library System, is located at 389 Wolfert Station Road in Mullica Hill, NJ.