Who We Are

The Southwest Florida Fossil Society is an organization of men, women, and youth who have special interest in Earth History as it is recorded in evidence found in fossils.

Our Members come from many counties in Florida, other states, Canada and Europe, and includes several professional paleontologists, geologists, and Museum Curators.

Our Purpose is to promote Education in the Field of Science and to provide a family oriented atmosphere in which to share a common interest in Science.

We contribute to funding scientific publications covering current research in the field of historical geology and donate at least two College Scholarships per year.

The Southwest Florida Fossil Society has their Annual Scholarship Auction to raise money for at least two $500 Scholarships for the University of Florida in Gainesville. This is an exciting event held in February. If you have an interest in Fossils, Shark Teeth, Bones or Shells, you need to attend this event!

Fossils are the hardened remains or traces of an animal or plant of a former age. In Florida, animal fossils are common. We include both vertebrate and invertebrate fossils in our programs, activities, and personal collections

An artifact, or artefact, is something made or given shape by humans, such as a tool or a work of art, especially an object of archaeological interest. In most areas of the country, it is illegal to disturb or collect human artifacts unless it is on private property. Though we celebrate the research and interest in artifacts, we focus mainly on natural fossil collection.