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National Fossil Day 2014 Events

To add your organization's National Fossil Day event to this page, please submit an event information form. Organizations are encouraged to hold events to celebrate National Fossil Day on scheduled date, the weekend before or after, or another date that works for them.

This website contains partner sponsored events, but there are many other local, unafiliated, or guided fossil events that can be discovered elsewhere on the internet. Check the websites of your local community calendar, college, university, museum, or geologic society to see what they may be offering.

Events by State:

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Alabama

bulletAlabama Museum of Natural History

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bulletThe University of West Alabama, the Geological Survey of Alabama, the Alabama Geological Society, and the Birmingham Paleontological Society

Date & time: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 8:30 AM to 4 PM

Location: At the AOWA Center at The University of West Alabama and other locations

A one-day workshop in paleontology (the study of fossils) for elementary to high school science teachers (both in-service and pre-service). The workshop will help integrate real earth science into curricula. Participants will be better able to recommend meaningful science-fair projects in earth science and to assist students with them.

Objectives: Participants will learn about fossils and geology, so they will be more comfortable teaching these subjects. Participants will learn about sites that can be visited by classes, or used to provide material for classes. Teachers will make fossil kits, for classroom use.

Teachers will get Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks, a major resource for teaching about the geology of Alabama, and three Discovering Alabama DVDs: Geologic History of Alabama, Tracks Across Time, and Black Belt Part I.

This course supports Alabama Course of Study/Science Processes and Applications in all grades, high school Geology and Earth & Space Science electives, and life-science concepts at all grade levels.

The workshop begins at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, where participants learn basic geologic field techniques. Next, they visit 2 or more fossiliferous outcrops near Livingston. Fossils include oysters, other bivalves, snails, bryozoan, worm tubes, and shark teeth. If very lucky, someone might find remains of sea turtles or a mosasaur (a giant sea lizard). Back at UWA, participants will identify and label fossils that were collected that morning, making kits they will take back to their schools.
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Alaska


American Somoa


Arizona


Arkansas


California

bulletThe Paleontology Society of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®

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bulletFossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Fossil Day 2014
Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9 - 4
Location: 19450 Avenue 21 1/2, Chowchilla, CA
We will have a short movie about the fossil site, exhibits, a screen washing demonstration, tours of the "Pleistocene Pond" and atlatl throwing.
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bulletNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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bulletDr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

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bulletThe Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits

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bulletSan Bernardino County Museum

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bulletSanta Ana Zoo

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bulletUniversity of California-Riverside, Department of Earth Sciences

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Colorado

bulletDenver Museum of Nature and Science

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bulletFriends of Dinosaur Ridge

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bulletMuseum of Western Colorado and Dinosaur Journey Museum

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bulletUniversity of Colorado Museum of Natural History

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bulletUSDA Forest Service

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Connecticut

bulletYale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Delaware


District of Columbia

bulletNational Mall and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Florida

bulletFlorida Paleontological Society

— NFD 2014 MEGA EVENT !—

Family Night & National Fossil Day Celebration
Date: October 4th, 2014
Location: South Florida Museum, 201 - 10th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Time: Museum hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special Family Night Event extended hours. Clubs and Vendor Displays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come join us in celebrating this year’s National Fossil Day. The South Florida Museum is excited to be a host institution this year and to partner with local and state agencies, organizations and clubs. Guests can come and meet real paleontologists and geologists who work everyday to uncover the secrets fossils reveal about our ancient Earth.
Special 1/2 price admission to museum all day! $9 adults, $8 Seniors 65+, $7 children, kids under 4 FREE. Outside Fossil Display Tables & Free Kids Dig Pit Sponsored by Mosaic.
Activities: Speakers, Fossil Displays, Fossil Giveaways, Kids Fossil Dig Pit, Junior Paleontologist Badge Program presented by the De Soto National Memorial Park Rangers, Special Screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure at 4:15 pm in the Bishop Planetarium (a National Geographic film, unrated family friendly, 40 min), Stone Knapping Demonstrations, and more!

Several National Fossil Day partners will be participating to display and exhibit fossils and disseminate paleontological information:

  • Florida Paleontological Society (NFD Partner)

  • Florida Fossil Hunters (NFD Partner)

  • Southwest Florida Fossil Society (NFD Partner)

  • South Florida Museum (NFD Partner)

  • Florida Museum of Natural History (NFD Partner)

  • Florida Geological Survey (NFD Partner)

  • Florida Geological Foundation (NFD Partner)

  • Fossil Club of Lee County (NFD Partner)

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bulletFossil Club of Lee County

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bulletMulberry Phosphate Museum

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bulletTampa Bay Fossil Club and Florida Aquarium

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Georgia

bulletFernbank Science Center

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Guam


Hawaii


Idaho

bulletIdaho Museum of Natural History

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Illinois

bulletBurpee Museum of Natural History

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bulletEarth Science Club of Northern Illinois

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bulletIllinois State Museum

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bulletNortheastern Illinois University Earth Science Club

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Indiana

bulletFalls of the Ohio State Park

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bulletIndiana Geological Survey/Indiana University Geosciences Department

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bulletIndiana State Museum

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Iowa

bulletUpper Iowa University

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Kansas

bulletKU Natural History Museum

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Kentucky

bulletFriends of Big Bone Lick, Big Bone Lick State Park

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Louisiana


Maine

bulletL.C. Bates Museum

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Maryland

bulletCalvert Marine Museum

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bulletMaryland Geological Society and The Natural History Society of Maryland

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Massachusetts

bulletHarvard Museum of Natural History

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bulletMarine and Paleobiological Research Institute

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bulletOak Bluffs Public Library

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Michigan

bulletUniversity of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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bulletMichigan State University Museum

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Minnesota

bulletDuluth Children's Museum

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bulletScience Museum of Minnesota

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Mississippi

bulletDunn-Seiler Geology Museum at Mississippi State University

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Missouri

bulletBollinger County Museum of Natural History

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bulletMissouri Geological Survey, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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bulletSaint Louis Science Center

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Montana

bulletBureau of Land Management/Pompeys Pillar National Monument

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bulletThe Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University

Fossil Festival
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 15, 4 - 6pm
Location: 600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59717 Event Description:
Join MOR in celebrating National Fossil Day. Children ages 5-12 can become a "Junior Paleontologist" and receive an official badge or certificate from the National Park Service by completing fossil activities. Explore the ways that paleontologists work, learn about Earth's history, ancient plants and animals, and discover how you can protect fossils through engaging hands-on activities.
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bulletThe University of Montana Paleontology Center

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Nebraska

bulletAgate Fossil Beds National Monument

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Northern Mariana Islands


Nevada

bulletNevada State Museum, National Park Service

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bulletProtectors of Tule Springs

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bulletRed Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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New Hampshire


New Jersey

bulletNew Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association & New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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bulletNew Jersey State Museum

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bulletThe Rutgers Geology Museum

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New Mexico

bulletChaco Culture National Historical Park

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bulletMesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum

Celebration of National Fossil Day
Date & time: October 10th and 11th, from noon to 5pm.
Location: Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum, located in Tucumcari, New Mexico, on old Route 66.
See a the world's only life-sized bronze replica of the AMAZING AETOSAUR, this year's "featured creature" for National Fossil Day logo. Visitors will see genuine fossils collected from students enrolled in our two-year Paleontology program as wells as life-sized bronzes created through the Fine/Arts Bronze program at Mesalands Community College. The MCC Dinosaur Museum will offer FREE admission on October 10th and 11th in celebration of National Fossil Day from noon to 5pm.

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New York

bulletAmerican Museum of Natural History

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bulletFort Stanwix National Monument

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bulletMuseum of the Earth

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bulletRochester Museum and Science Center

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North Carolina

bulletAppalachian State University, Department of Geology

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bulletAurora Fossil Museum

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bulletDiscovery Place

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bulletNorth Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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North Dakota

bulletFargo Public Library

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Ohio

bulletCincinnati Museum Center

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bulletKent State University, Department of Geology

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bulletOhio Geological Survey

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bulletOhio State Lima

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bulletOrton Geological Museum, The Ohio State University

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Oklahoma


Oregon

bulletJohn Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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bulletMuseum of Natural and Cultural History

National Fossil Day—a K-5 Celebration at the Museum
Date & Time: October 15th, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 1680 East 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
K-5 teachers are invited to register their classes for a day of hands-on learning, scientific investigation, and all things fossil! Student groups will meet paleontologists, make fossil prints, sort and identify fossils, and learn about the most interesting fossils in Oregon. A $40 per classroom, preregistration payment is required. For more information and to register, contact Robyn Anderson, mnhtours@uoregon.edu
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Pennsylvania

bulletThe State Museum of Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

bulletOhiopyle State Park

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Puerto Rico


Rhode Island


South Carolina


South Dakota

bulletBadlands National Park

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bulletThe Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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bulletMuseum of Geology - South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
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Tennessee

bulletEast Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum Visitor Center and Gray Fossil Site

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bulletMcClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

Can You Dig It? Archaeology and Fossil Day Celebration
Date & time: 10/12/2014, 1:30-5 pm
Location: McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996
Contact: Debbie Woodiel
In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee, and the Archaeological Institute of America, East Tennessee Society, are hosting Can You Dig It?–an event for families and the public on Sunday, October 12 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. at the Museum. A number of activities for children, including games, demonstrations, and take home crafts related to archaeology and fossils, will be available. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification by experts. Archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists will be on hand to talk with visitors about their work, and present displays about their research around the world. All activities are free and open to the public.
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Texas

bulletArlington Archosaur Site

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bulletBrookhaven College

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bulletDinosaur Valley State Park

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bulletFossil Rim Wildlife Park

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bulletLadonia Fossil Park

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bulletSul Ross University

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bulletTexas Memorial Museum at Texas Natural Science Center

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bulletTexas Parks and Wildlife Department

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bulletUniversity of North Texas

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bulletWaco Mammoth Site

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Utah

bulletBureau of Land Management/Utah Friends of Paleontology

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bulletKanab Field Office

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bulletUtah State University - Science Unwrapped

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bulletUtah Friends of Paleontology, Gastonia Chapter

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Vermont


Virginia


Virgin Islands


Washington

bulletBurke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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bulletStonerose Interpretive Center

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West Virginia

bulletClay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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Wisconsin


Wyoming

bulletBighorn Basin Geoscience Center

The GeoScience Adventures and Bighorn Basin Geoscience Center is offering two workshops during July, 2014. Two 3-day workshops will be held, one featuring Geology of the Big Horn Mountains and the other on the History ot life in the Fossil and Rock Record. Both workshops will be based out of Shelly, Wyoming. The cost is $250 per 3-day workshop which includes box lunches, refreshments, handouts, handbook, and two hours recertification credit from the Professional Teaching Standards Board. For more information, please see the program flyers below:

Geology Workshop [PDF 316 KB]

Paleontology Workshop [PDF 300 KB]

bulletFossil Butte National Monument

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bulletTate Geological Museum

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More to come...

Many activities are in the planning stage. Please check back soon.

To add your organization's National Fossil Day activity to this page, please submit an event information form.

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Last Updated: August 25, 2014