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‘I Dig the Ice Age!’ June 21 at Missouri Institute of Natural Science

Mammoths, peccaries, cave bears and more roamed the Ozarks during the Pleistocene Era, and many visited the caves and caverns of the landscape, searching for food or shelter. Discovered in 2001 as a result of blasting that was taking place to construct a new road, Riverbluff Cave is considered the oldest known ice age fossil cave in North America!

The cave is not open to the public, but the museum near the site is filled with exhibits to examine and explore. Children in preschool-grade 5 are invited to join us and our partners at the Missouri Institute of Natural Science to visit the fossil exhibits, learn about the Missouri Ozarks during the ice age and dig into fun activities. You might even walk away with your very own fossil! Discover books about the ice age and other "cool" topics on the Mobile Library, parked on the grounds of the institute.

Parking at the institute is limited, but the extended time for the activities should allow all our audiences to come and go. At Missouri Institute of Natural Science, 2327 W. Farm Road 190.

This event are part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program for kids. Visit for more information and a complete schedule of events.

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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