I have a close friend, Jason Osborne, who is one of the most passionate people I have ever met. He has a true love of life and pursuit of all adventure. In his "free time" Jason, along with Dr. Aaron Alford, Dr. Robert E. Weems, Dr. Barry Albright, Reed George, Monica Boland, John Nance, Katya Derzon, and Ethan Probst make up the great organization that is Paleo Quest.
Paleo Quest is a local, non-profit organization dedicated increasing the number of fossil specimens from the Atlantic Coastal Plain in local museums; promoting a greater understanding of the Costal Plain formation; and increasing the number of students exposed to this research.
The mission statement of the organization (as noted from their website Paleoquest.org) is "to advance the sciences of Paleontology and Geology through material contributions to museum collections, field exploration, publication and the advancement of science education in primary and secondary schools." How cool is that?!?
I have seen some of the finds of this group first-hand, and I can vouch that it will change the way you look at the dirt in your backyard. Here are some photographs of the organization fundraising for the Arlington Science Focus School. These great photographs are the work of Reed George of Paleo Quest.
I encourage everyone (especially parents) to check out this group's website: http://www.paleoquest.org/