EUGENE, Ore. -- While the Eugene Civic Alliance is looking forward to the future, on Thursday they let kids get hands-on with the past.
More than 40 kids armed with rock hammers and brushes collected fossilized clams and snails at the construction site for the new Civic Park.
Construction crews discovered the fossils while doing work for phase one of the project, and Eugene Civic Alliance leaders didn't want them to go to waste.
The event was free to the public, and a member of the University of Oregon's natural history department was on hand to help identify the kids' findings. They said the fossils are around 35 million years old.
"I found a lot of cool fossils," said 10-year-old Noah Burkhardt. "Lots of them were very well buried. There were some I didn't know what they were at first 'cause they were still buried in the rocks."
Along with the fossils, the kids also went home with free tickets to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon.
Phase one of Civic Park includes a field house, turf field and parking lot. It's set to be completed by spring 2020.