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National Fossil Day 2013 Events

Please note: All events listed below haved passed.

For a listing of events for the upcoming year, please view the events page.


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.

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Alabama

bulletAlabama Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day
Date & Time: October 16th, 2013 from 4pm-6pm
Location: Hackberry Road, Tuscaloosa, AL
Contact:Dana Ehret
The UA Museums will hold a National Fossil Day event from 4-6pm on October 16th, 2013. The Paleontology collections will have specimens from the collections on exhibit, the UA Dept. of Engineering will be demonstrating how 3-D scanning and printing can be used with fossils, we will be unveiling the new Elasmosaur specimen collected this summer in Greene County, and there will be a talk and book signing by author Jim Lacefield on his new book "Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks" at 6pm.
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bulletGeological Survey of Alabama

Fossils of the Black Belt
Contact: dkm@gsa.state.al.us
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 8 am - 4:30 pm
Location: University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL
A field- and laboratory workshop for K-12 teachers and other educators. Collect Cretaceous fossils and make a fossil kit. Get lots of free stuff. Preregistration and $15 fee are required.

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California

bulletFossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19th, 9am to 4pm
Location: 19450 Ave 21 1/2 Chowcilla, CA 93610
Celebrating National Fossil Day and our 3 year anniversary. New exhibits including microfossils, plant and insect fossils, atlatl throwing, geology display, free "Mock Dig" for kids, demonstrations of the fossil screen washing machine, and more! For more information contact Blake Bufford or visit the website below.

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bulletDr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

Prehistoric OC
Contact: Cooper Center, 714-647-2100
Date & Time: October 12, 2013, 10am to 3pm
Location: Ralph B. Clark Park, Buena Park, CA
Event Description: Family fun and adventures in Prehistoric OC. Fossils and artifacts on display, activities for all ages, kids events, volcanoes, Jurassic Park exhibit, Native American activities and display booths, food, reed Native American houses and boats on the lake, the Los Coyotes Museum of Paleontology with ancient mammals, giant sharks, and other animals and plants on view. Talks about fossils and native americans. We celebrate National Fossil Day and National Archaeology Day at Prehistoric OC! To learn more visit the website below:

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Colorado

bulletDenver Museum of Nature and Science

National Fossil Day
Date & Time: Saturday October 19th, from 10am-4pm
Join the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Saturday, October 19th from 10am-4pm as we celebrate National Fossil Day! Visit Prehistoric Journey to explore the history of life on Earth, watch volunteers clean fossils in the Schlessman Family Laboratory of Earth Sciences and participate in exciting fossil themed activities throughout the Museum. Meet paleontologists from the museum and see specimens from our Earth Science collections. Partner organizations including the National Park Service will be featuring fun activities for fossil enthusiasts of all ages. Bring in your National Parks Annual Pass to receive a 10% discount on general admission. Also, a special event for kids and families to "Meet Dr. Scott from Dinosaur Train" will take place at 8:30am or 12pm. (Advanced reservations required for the program with Dr. Scott Sampson, Registration Details Here.

For more information contact Samantha Richards at Samantha.Richards@dmns.org, 303-370-6456 or visit the website below.

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bulletFriends of Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Discovery Day: National Fossil Day

Date & Time: October 12, 2013 from 10am-2pm
Location: 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO 80465

Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge on October 12th, 2013 from 10am-2pm for the National Fossil Day celebration. Guides will be stationed at the world-famous track site and other fossil sites along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail. Activities and exhibits at the Visitor Center include sifting for microfossils, dinosaur track painting, the Allosaurus vertebrae boulder, a life-size model Iguanodon, a dinosaur dig for kids, a life-size model Stegosaurus, dinosaur track painting, PLUS check out the new Triceratops replica skull, and model juvenile Allosaurus in "Trek Through Time". Several other activities and booths will be associated with Earth Science Week, International Astronomy Day, and International Archaeology Day including gold panning, solar observing, searching for iron meteorites, and age dating trees. Register for door prizes and try the scavenger hunt.

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For directions or more information visit the website below or contact tom_moklestad@dinoridge.org
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bulletUniversity of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Trilobite Cookies
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: CU Museum "Backyard", Broadway and 15th St, Boulder, CO
Contact: museumed@colorado.edu, 303-492-1666
We'll be outside the north entrance to the museum with our chocolate fondue pot so you can design your own trilobite cookie. Explore real trilobite fossils and other trilobite activities. Join us for a bite of fun in the middle of your day! FREE.
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bulletUSDA Forest Service

Interagency (USDA) Collaboration in Purgatoire
Date & Time: October 14-18, 2013
Location: Comanche National Grassland
Comanche National Grassland (USDA) to Celebrate National Fossil Day with Inter-Agency Collaboration October 14 – 18, 2013. During the week of National Fossil Day (October 16th), the US Forest Service will host an ongoing volunteer field project in the Purgatoire River valley, Comanche National Grassland, southeastern Colorado. This region of the Comanche Grassland, called Picket Wire Canyonlands, contains an extensive paleontological record including Morrison dinosaur quarries and one of the largest Jurassic dinosaur trackways in the world. Volunteers will assist with excavation, mapping, and conservation of dinosaur bones, and excavation of alluvium which long ago buried previously exposed portions of the dinosaur trackway. The Forest Service is active with hands-on paleontological field projects throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, and in the spirit of the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, management of paleontological resources ‘emphasizes collaborative efforts with the general public’. Notably, the October 2013 project will include participation from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Western Interior Paleontological Society.Visit the website below or contact baschumacher@fs.fed.us for more information.
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Connecticut

bulletYale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Fiesta Latina
Date & Time: Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT
FREE and open to the public! Join us for our 12th annual celebration of Latin American cultures! Following last year's favorable reception, we are bringing back our fantastic fossil dig, where visitors find, identify, learn about and keep real fossils. In addition, visitors will enjoy performances of traditional and contemporary Latin American music and dance, along with games, crafts, face painting, live animals, and storytelling for the whole family. For more information contact peabody.events@yale.edu or visit the website below.
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District of Columbia

bulletNational Mall and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day Celebration on the National Mall
Date & Time: October 16th from 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Activities will take place on the National Mall between the Smithsonian Castle and the Museum of Natural History. Museum activities will take place at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (10th and Constitution Aves, NW)
Come celebrate National Fossil Day with the National Park Service, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and other National Fossil Day partners! Events celebrating National Fossil Day take place across the country, but the kick-off event is happening in Washington D.C. on the National Mall and atthe Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. There will be fossiliferous events and activities, and the Smithsonain National Museum of Natural History will be unveiling their new Tyrannosaurus rex. For more information contact Cassi Knight, cassi_knight@nps.gov, or visit the website below.
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Florida

bulletFlorida Paleontological Society

"Fossils at the Shore" - Canaveral National Seashore
Come join us on Wednesday October 16th 2013 to celebrate this year’s National Fossil Day. Travel through time to learn about prehistoric animals. Hear guest lecturers talk about Florida’s prehistoric past. See Florida museum fossils from around the world. Speak with paleontologists and bring your fossils for identification.

Location: Canaveral National Seashore, Apollo Visitor Center, 7611 S. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (park hours 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Cost: Free with park entrance fee (Cars - $5.00)
Activities: Speakers, Fossil Giveaways, Fossil Displays, Junior Paleontologist Program...

Sponsored by:
Florida Paleontological Society
Florida Geological Foundation
Florida Fossil Hunters
Florida Museum of Natural History
Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences
National Park Service

bulletFossil Club of Lee County

National Fossil Day @ Paynes Creek Historic State Park
Date & Time: October 12th, 2013 9am-5pm
Location: 888 Lake Branch Road NE, Bowling Green, FL 33834
Fossil Fun!!! Kids Dig - Lectures by Zack Deyo and Frank Garcia -Vendors - Book signing by Frank Garcia - Black powder demonstration - Hamburgers, Hotdogs and Pulled Pork sandwiches by J&M Rollinsmoke. For more information contact Pam Plummer fcolctreasures@yahoo.com.

bulletMulberry Phosphate Museum

Classify Your Collection
Location: 101 SE 1st Street, Mulberry, FL 33860
Our museum contains a wonderful collection of Ice Age fossils recovered within fifty miles of our museum in the fossil rich area known as "Bone Valley". In conjunction with National Fossil Day, we will be hosting "Classify Your Collection" day on October 19th from 10am-4:30 pm. A panel of four experts, including paleontologists, geologists, and Native American projectile specialists, will classify/identify guests' personal collections of geological finds for free! We are happy to announce that Frank Garcia, celebrated amateur paleontologist and author of Sunrise at Bone Valley, will be on the panel. Guests will also enjoy activities, music, and food, by the food truck, "Fork in the Road". Admission for the event is free! Contact Chelsea Young (cyoung@cityofmulberryfl.com) or visit the website below for more information.
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Georgia

bulletFernbank Science Center

National Fossil Day Celebration
Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 12:30-4:00 pm
Location: 156 Heaton Park Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307
The Center will be full of displays of fossils and fun activities for all ages, including the ever-popular shark tooth dig. Fernbank geologist Bill Witherspoon will make a presentation, and there will be samples of Georgia fossils for sale. For more information visit the website below.

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Idaho

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Illinois

bulletBurpee Museum of Natural History

Date & Time: Saturday October 19, 2013 10am to 2pm
Location: 737 North Main Street, Rockford, IL
Contact: Betsy Carlson betsy.carlson@burpee.org
Have you a fossil that needs identifying? Come to Burpee Museum and participate in National Fossil Day, where you can have your fossil identified, see the unique fossils of Rockford and explore the Museum getting "up close" to recent finds of dinosaur bones from Montana and Utah. Visit the new "Hoer's Odyssey: From the Badlands to Burpee" exhibit to see a real sub-adult (teenaged) Triceratops, skulls depicting the growth of a Triceratops from infancy to adulthood, and nice skulls of other horned dinosaurs, including Pachyrhinosaurus, the star of the upcoming BBC "Walking With Dinosaurs". Special hands-on fossil activities will be in the Mahlberg Auditorium.

Participate in "Burpee Explorers" to further your fossil fun! This class will be from 1:00 - 1:45 pm, so come early to be a part of the National Fossil Day activities before class. Participants will engage in an examination of Ammonites and make their own replica Ammonite fossil to take home. Ages 6 and up. Pre-registration required. $5.00 additional fee. Call 815-965-3433 ext 1029 to register. For more information visit the website below.
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bulletEarth Science Club of Northern Illinois

Paleontology Study Group Meeting - Bring a Fossil to Identify!
Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 7:30pm
Location: College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn, IL - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B
ESCONI Paleontology Meeting 7:30pm College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038B (Map) Topic: Continuation of Show and Tell. Celebrate National Fossil Day by bringing in a fossil to identify! For more information contact John Good, Paleontology Study Group Leader, or visit the website below.
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Indiana

bulletIndiana Geological Survey/Indiana University Geosciences Department

Date & Time: October 15 at 6:30 pm
Location: 202 E 6th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408
The Monroe County History Museum will host this year's National Fossil Day event on October 15 at 6:30pm. Dr. David Polly of the IU Geosciences Department will provide a presentation in addition to several special fossil exhibits for participants. Please RSVP to Walt Gray at grayw@indiana.edu. The cost of the event is free with a maximum of 65 participants. For more information contact Walt Gray (grayw@indiana.edu) or visit the website below.
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bulletIndiana State Museum

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 10am-2pm
Location: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Celebrate National Fossil Day with the Indiana State Museum! All are invited to search for microfossils, discover what it means to be a fossil and explore the natural history galleries including fossils from the Age of Ice! Visit the website below or contact Carrie M. Miller for more information.
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Iowa

bulletUpper Iowa University

Iowa Rocks!
Date & Time: October 16th, 2013, 4-6pm
Location: UIU Fayette Campus, 605 Washington Street, Fayette IA
The mastodon molar and the team of young fossil hunters who found it in a Sumner creek recently will be the guests of honor during the fourth annual "Iowa Rocks" event at Upper Iowa University from 4 to 6 pm on Wednesday, October 16, in Baker-Hebron Auditorium, Room 101. Dr. Kata McCarville, associate professor of geosciences in the UIU School of Science and Mathematics, said this year's event will focus on Famous Iowa Fossils" and the extinction of megafauna from the Pleistocene era. "This summer's discovery of the mastodon tooth in Sumner is evidence that this area was once home to some of these enormous beasts during the Ice Age. Mastodons, mammoths, camels, giant bears, American lions and cheetahs were among the giants that might have been found here tens of thousands of years ago," McCarville said. McCarville and Dr. Gale A. Bishop, professor emeritus from Georgia Southern University will host the UIU event to celebrate National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week. Participants will have the opportunity to view the Iowa Department of Natural Resources map of Iowa geology and receive help identifying any of their personal rock and fossil discoveries. For more information contact Dr. Katherine McCarville, mccarvillek@uiu.edu.


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Louisiana


Maine

bulletL.C. Bates Museum

Maine Fossils for National Fossil Day!
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3pm
Location: 14 Easler Rd off Route 201 Hinckley, ME 04944
Discover some of the history of Maine through fossils, the story of Maine state fossil and look at some fossils that are new to our collection this year. Visitors will also make their own fossil of clay to bring home and get to look at some of our dinosaur fossils from places far from our Maine home. For more information contact L.C. Bates Museum at lcbates@gwh.org or visit the website below.
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Maryland

bulletCalvert Marine Museum

Dino Daze
Date & Time: October 18th, 2013 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688
Our nod to National Fossil Day will focus on eery kid's favorite prehistoric characters - dinosaurs! Be a paleontologist for the day and uncover dinosaur bones, make a dino hat, find a dinosaur egg, do the dinosaur stomp dance, and hear dino stories. Free with museum admission. No age limit. For more information contact Diane Milgrim or visit the website below.
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bulletMaryland Geological Society and The Natural History Society of Maryland

Fossil Festival 2013
Date & Time: October 20th, 2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore MD 21206
The Maryland Geological Society and the Natural History Society of Maryland will be co-hosting a Fossil Festival to be held on Sunday, October 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The event is being held in association with National Fossil Day as part of Earth Science Week. The Festival is free and open to the public. It will be held at the NHS-Maryland facility in Overlea (address: 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore 21206) located in the northeast area of Baltimore. Please join us for an afternoon of fossil activities. We will have a number of fossil displays from Maryland, from other areas of the US, and even from other countries. Additionally, there will be children's activities and a fossil raffle. We hope you can join us. Please contact Rick Smith at rick.smith.mgs@gmail.com or visit the websites below for more information.


Maryland Geological Society

The Natural History Society of Maryland

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Massachusetts

bulletMarine and Paleobiological Research Institute

National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Public Library
Date & Time: Thursday, 17th October 2013 from 4pm to 7:45pm
Location: Oak Bluffs Public Library, 56R School St., P.O. Box 2039, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
We are celebrating National Fossil Day on Thursday, 17 October, at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, from 4pm to 7:45pm. The event is free to all, and all are invited. This is a drop-in and mingle event. Bring fossils to show to others, or to ask about. Or just come and see what others bring. Share knowledge with MV Museum educator Nancy Cole, Dr. Maurice Tivey of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, dinosaur hunter and ophthalmologist Dr. Henry Kriegstein, Amy Sklar and John Bassett of Galadriel's on Circuit Ave, paleobotanist and landscape designer Dr. Alicia Lesnikowska, diving contractors and instructors Heidi Raihofer and Joe Leonardo, grade schoolers Jacob and Sam Gurney who like to travel to fossil destinations on family vacations, artist and swim instructor Michael Wooley, Sondra Murphy of the OB Library, Fred Hotchkiss, and others. This event is for all ages. Students and families are especially welcome. Last year, some attendees brought fossils; and others described things they had found but did not have in hand. The presenters showed to the interested public, and especially to youngsters, special pieces from their private collections. They shared their knowledge and passion, and they mingled and conversed and listened and explained. Our event is a partnership between the nonprofit Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute -- aka MPRI -- and the Oak Bluffs Public Library, especially the Children's Librarian. For more information contact hotchkiss@MPRInstitute.org or visit the website below.
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bulletOak Bluffs Public Library

National Fossil Day
Date & Time: October 17th, 2013 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 56R School St. Oak Bluff, MA 02557
MPRI collaborates with the Oak Bluffs Public Library to celebrate National Fossil Day on Martha's Vineyard. All ages welcome! Attendees bring fossils, and others describe things they have found. The presenters show to the interested public, and especially to youngsters, special pieces from their private collections. They share their knowledge and passion, and they mingle and converse and listen and explain. For more information contact zthompson@clamsnet.org or visit the website below.
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Michigan

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Minnesota

bulletScience Museum of Minnesota

Fossil Day
Date & Time: October 19, 2013 1-4pm
Location: 120 W. Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Free with paid admission
. The Science Museum of Minnesota will host National Fossil Day on Saturday October 19 from 1-4pm. All activities are free with paid admission into the museum. Please join us for an afternoon of fossil fun around the museum.

Help clean a fossil fish from Green River Wyoming!
Learn about Ice Age Mammals
Hear about Twin Cities' fossils with a Park Ranger at the Mississippi River National Park Visitor Center
Peer through a microscope to see and learn about microfossils
See fossil insects
Enter a raffle for a fossil
Make your own fossil to take home
See historic artwork of dinosaurs and other fossils
And more!

For more information contact Kate Clover or visit the website below.
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Mississippi

bulletDunn-Seiler Geology Museum at Mississippi State University

Fossil Extravaganza! 
Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Dunn-Seiler Museum, Hilbun Hall, 355 Lee, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Fossil Extravaganza returns to the Dunn-Seiler Museum! The event is free and open to the public. Fossil Extravaganza features museum tours, informal fossil "digs", Adopt-a-Fossil, and gravel investigations. rclay@geosci.msstate.edu
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Missouri

bulletBollinger County Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day Celebration
Date & Time: October 19, 10a.m.-4:30p.m.
Location: 207 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill, MO 63764
Brent Ashcraft, amateur paleontologist and local educator, will present "Stromato-what? How Bacteria Shaped Life on Earth" at 2:00p.m. See examples of Stromatolites found in Missouri as well as other fossil examples from Missouri's geologic past. Other activities of the day include special exhibits of Missouri fossils and a fossil prep demonstration. Professor Mike Fix will be working on the dinosaur bone bed in our lab and will do fossil ID for visitors who bring in fossils for identification. Children's activities include a fossil dig (you keep one fossil you find in the fossil dig), a chance to make your own fossils; ages 5-12 years earn you Jr. Paleontologist badge, dinosaur dig, and other activities that fit in with the fossil and geology theme of the day. Bring your fossils or come to see our fossils and help us celebrate National Fossil Day 2013 on Oct. 19. For more information contact bcmnh@sbcglobal.net or visit the website below.
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bulletMissouri Geological Survey, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Crinoid Giveaway at the Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology
Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, MO 65401
Visit our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, where you will see special exhibits and pick up a crinoid stem fossil to add to your collection. Located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, Missouri, we are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Missouri Geological Survey's Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology promotes the understanding and appreciation of fossils, rocks, minerals, and the important role geologists play in society. Museum exhibits include a mastodon tusk that was unearthed in the northwest Missouri county of Holt, medals won by the Missouri Geological Survey from the St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco World's Fairs. The museum also boasts an impressive display of meteorites, various rocks, minerals and fossils found in Missouri along with geologic maps, tools used by geologists through the years. The museum pays tribute to the Missouri Dinosaur, Hypsibema missouriensis, and offers much more to stimulate curiosity and promote enjoyment of learning for the young and young-at-heart. For more information, visit the website below or email Hylan Beydler (hylan.beydler@dnr.mo.gov).
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bulletSaint Louis Science Center

Festival of Fossils
Date & Time: October 19th, 2013 from 10am-3pm
Location: 5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis MO 63110
Celebrate National Fossil Day with the Science Center! Spend the day exploring paleontology and dinosaurs through exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations; participate in our Paleo 101 program; jacket a real fossil; help find and identify fossils from a real micro-site; and join us as we unveil this year's Paleotrek finds. You can even bring in your own fossils to be identified. For more information contact Betsy O'Brien, bobrien@slsc.org, or visit the website below.
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Montana

bulletBureau of Land Management/Pompeys Pillar National Monument

Clark Days
Date & Time: July 27 and 28
Location: Pompeys Pillar National Monument, east of Billings, Montana
Clark Days are held at Pompeys Pillar each year on the last weekend of July. The event commemorates William Clark's stop at the site on July 25, 1806, on his trip down the Yellowstone River. Activities include interpretive programs, demonstrations, nature walks, and a main presentation. One of the programs includes information about fossils from Montana and the area.
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bulletThe Museum of the Rockies

Tours For Tots: Fantastic Fossils
Date & Time: October 15-17; Tues & Thurs: 10-11am, Wed: 2-3pm
Location: 600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman MT
This program continues our efforts to introduce little ones (ages 3-5) to the wonders of museum learning. Each program offers a chance to ask questions and explore with a hands-on activity. In this program, early learners will look closely at the fossils on display in the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, learn how dinosaur bones are preserved, and discover why we find so many dinosaurs in Montana. Young scientists will enjoy making their own fossil to take home after this exciting exploration. For more information visit the website below or contact Angie Weikert: angela.weikert@montana.edu 406-994-6618

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bulletThe University of Montana Paleontology Center

National Fossil Day Celebration
Date & Time: October 16, 2013 from 4pm-8pm
Location: The University of Montana, C.H. Clapp Building, 32 Campus Dr. #1296, Missoula, MT
The University of Montana Paleontology Center invites you to celebrate National Fossil Day. This FREE event will include tours, kids' activities, and more! Kicking off the even is a lecture by Dave Trexler, head paleontologist of the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center (Bynum, MT). We will be showing the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes' short film, "The Day the Mesozoic Died". There will be a raffle and silent auction. Paleontologists will also be on hand to identify fossil finds for the public, so be sure to bring your treasures! For more information contact Kallie Moore, kallie.moore@mso.umt.edu, or visit the website below.

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Northern Mariana Islands


Nevada

bulletNevada State Museum, National Park Service

Sloths: Strangest Members of Nevada's Ice Age Fauna
Date & Time: Saturday, October 5th from 1 to 3 pm
Location: Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas. 309 South Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, 89107
A presentation by National Park Service Paleontologist Dr. Greg McDonald titled Sloths: Strangest Members of Nevada's Ice Age Fauna. Admission to the program is free. Admission to the galleries is $9.95, free for members and children under 18. For more information, please contact Stacy Irvin at 702-822-8746 or sirvin@nevadaculture.org.

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New Hampshire


New Jersey

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

The Extinct New Jersey workshop will be presented at the New Jersey Science Convention to be held on October 15th and 16th, 2013 at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal.

Come examine fossils of native New Jersey residents from twelve thousand to over one billion years old.
The program includes a powerpoint presentation featuring:

    The geographical evolution of our state
    The effects of extreme climatic changes
    Dinosaurs, mammoths, and sharks (Oh my!)
    How and where to go hunting extinct wildlife
    And more!

A hands-on activity will allow participants to sift through 15 million year old sediments and identify (and keep) the fossils they find.

Samples of New Jersey fossils from the presenters' private collection, the New Jersey State Museum, and the New Jersey Geological Survey will be available for examination.
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bulletNew Jersey State Museum

Natural History Highlights: Juvenile Mastodon Skull
Date & Time: October 16, 2013 at 12:00pm
Location: 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625

Join Curator David Parris for a gallery tour of the exhibit Natural History Highlights with a focus on our newest addition, a juvenile Mastodon skull from Monmouth County. The skull was discovered by avocational paleontologist Glenn Harbour. For more information contact Beth Cooper or visit the website below.
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New Mexico

bulletMesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum

Lecture on Late Triassic Fossils
Date & Time: 1PM Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Location: 222 East Laughlin
The Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Science Laboratory is located in Tucumcari, New Mexico, on old Route 66. The Museum houses the world's largest collection of life-sized bronze skeletons created through the Fine/Arts Bronze Program at Mesalands Community College. Many genuine fossils, collected by students enrolled in the MCC Paleontology Program, are also on display. In recognition of 2013 National Fossil Day, Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Science Labroratory will host a lecture on Saturday, October 12th at 1pm in Classroom 410 of the Museum. Dr. Jeffery Martz, a STEM field researcher who assisted with MCC 2013 summer field season, will discuss the fossil record of the Late Triassic. This lecture will be open free to the public thanks to a grant from U.S. Department of Education- Hispanic Serving Institution's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program. For more information contact Gretchen Gurtler, Director, or visit the website below.
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New York

bulletAmerican Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day School Group Drop In-Event
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 10:00am-Noon
Location: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY

In celebration of National Fossil Day, this special event will help students understand how studying fossils teaches us about the history of life, pasts climates, and ancient landscapes. Activities: explore fossil formation, extinction theories, fossil diversity and much more. Contact MCohen1@amnh.org
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bulletFort Stanwix National Monument

Celebrate National Fossil Day with Backyard Rangers Public
Date & Time: September 21, 2013, from 10am to 3pm
Location: 112 East Park Street, Rome, New York

Join Backyard Rangers in celebrating National Fossil Day on September 21st, from 10am to3pm, at Fort Stanwix National Monument. Children ages 5-12 can become "Junior Paleontologists" and receive an official badge 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 help protect fossils by engaging in hands-on activities.
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bulletMuseum of the Earth

Fossil Mania
Date & Time: October 12, 2013 from 10am-1pm
Location: 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
Are you ready to become a Junior Paleontologist? Museum of the Earth is here to help! Bring your whole family for a day of great activities celebrating the opening of our new temoparary exhibit, Rock of Ages, Sands of Time: A Look Back with Barbara Page, and National Fossil Day. Make you own edible tile, similar to the ones Barbara Page created for our amazing mural; make an Eurypterid bookmark, and much more! For more information contact info@museumoftheearth.org, or visit the website below.
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North Carolina

bulletAppalachian State University, Department of Geology

"Hot Blooded Dinosaurs?"
Date & Time: Thursday October 3rd, 2013 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: College of Education Building, Appalachian State University, room 124A
Dr. Andy Heckert will speak on the topic of what the fossil evidence is for (and against) "hot-blooded dinosaurs" for the Math Science Education Center at Appalachian State University. These Thursday seminars are from 6:00-8:00pm with refreshments from 6:00-6:30pm in the new College of Education Building, Room 124A. The presentation is geared for college students and interested amateurs and will begin at 6:30pm. For more information contact Dr. Andy Heckert, heckertab@appstate.edu, or visit the website below.
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bulletAurora Fossil Museum

NC Coastal Fossil Identification
Date & Time: October 16, 2013 at 10:00am
Location: 400 Main Street, P.O. Box 352
Dr. George Oliver, Jr., Museum Educator will be doing a program on local fossil identification including shark teeth, whale and dolphin, along with shells and other fauna found in the Miocene layer of Aurora. For more information contact aurfosmus@yahoo.com, or visit the website below.
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bulletDiscovery Place

Fossil Day
Date & Time: October 12th, 2013 10am-5pm
Location: 301 N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
This year, Discovery Place's event is scheduled for Saturday, October 12th. We will have lots of activities planned including crafts, fossil collections, fossil digs, and much more. For more information contact Chris Eckart, ChrisE@discoveryplace.org, or visit the website below.
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bulletNorth Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Fossil Fair
Date & Time: November 2, 2013, 9am-5pm
Location: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Take a giant step back … in time! The nation's largest event dedicated to fossils and paleontology returns to the Museum for the first time in three years. Discover what it's like to be a paleontologist as you meet the experts, and their fossils, face to face. Meet Museum paleontologist Paul Brinkman, author of "The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush." Bring in your own discoveries for identification, and enjoy dozens of displays, activities and presentations about fossils from North Carolina and around the world.

Kids can: Make a Dino Glider, Put together a Dinosaur Puzzle, Help to color a 50' Titanoboa and learn about the biggest snake that ever lived!

Kids of all ages can also dig for fossils at the Fossil Dig, where you are guaranteed to find prehistoric shark teeth, as well as many other interesting marine fossils.

Contact: Kari Wouk, kari.wouk@naturalsciences.org
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North Dakota

bulletFargo Public Library

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Fargo Public Library!
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Jessie Rock, a geologist in the Geosciences Dept. at North Dakota State University, will be in the Community Room at the Main Library from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to help local fossil hunters identify fossils they may have discovered. At 6:30 p.m., Ms. Rock will conduct a presentation for all ages on life in the Paleozoic Seas. Kids can also paint plaster fossils and then dig for a genuine fossil to take home.
No registration is required for this event.

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Ohio

bulletKent State University, Department of Geology

Geology Open House and Fossil Day/Homecoming 2013
Date & Time: October 5, 2013, 12-3 pm
Location: 221 McGilvrey Hall, Corner of Lincoln and Summit Streets, Kent, Ohio
Contact: Carrie Schweitzer
Explore the Earth Sciences at Kent State University on Saturday October 5 from 12-3 pm. The Department of Geology will open its doors to alumni, students, and the community in celebration of Homecoming. See mastodon, dinosaur, and local Ohio fossils on display. Visit our rock and gem displays, and have the opportunity to try out laboratory activities including our Em-River simulator and Groundwater models in newly renovated labs. Talk to geologists about research and geological issues. Bring your rocks, minerals, and fossils to be identified by professional geologists. Kids can go on a scavenger hunt in the department and make their own "fossil." Unique gifts at our rock and mineral sales table support scholarships for undergraduates! Please come to the second floor of McGilvrey Hall, across from DuBois Bookstore and about one-quarter mile south of Starbucks, on the corner of Lincoln and Summit streets.
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bulletOhio Geological Survey

Fossil Hike at Hueston Woods
Date & Time: October 16th, 2013 9:00am
Location: 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner, Ohio 45003
Join the Ohio Geological Survey for a fossil hike to search for some of the best preserved Ordovician-age fossils in the world. Meet at the Nature Center at 9:00am. Attendees may bring tools, gloves, and safety glasses if desired. For more information contact Doug Aden, doug.aden@dnr.state.oh.us, or visit the website below.
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Pennsylvania

bulletThe State Museum of Pennsylvania

The State Museum will mark National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with a Learn at Lunchtime program featuring museum paleontologist Steven Jasinski in the museum's Dino Lab. He will discuss Pennsylvania's state fossil, the Trilobite Phacops rana. Jasinski will be on hand between 11am to 1:30pm, and museum general admission will be free during that time. The State Museum's celebration is part of an annual celebration event by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils and to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

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Pennsylvania

bulletOhiopyle State Park

Geology Field Day

Date & Time: October 19, 2013 9 am - 3 pm
Location: Ohiopyle State Park Train Station Visitor Center, 7 Sheridan Street, Ohiopyle PA 15470
DCNR Geologist, Jim Shaulis, will guide us through Ohiopyle's Geology. We will stop at several unique spots where Jim will explain the geologic significance of what we are seeing and how it has impacted the park's history. Bring a lunch and long pants as there will be some bushwacking involved to get to a least one target site. Pre-registration is required for this program by calling 724-329-0986 or email: bawallace@pa.gov and visit the website below to learn more.

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South Dakota

bulletBadlands National Park

National Fossil Day LIVE! - Interactive Distance Learning Video Conference with a Ranger
Date & Time: by request on October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
Location: Your classroom
Teachers, take your students on a virtual visit to Badlands in celebration of National Fossil Day! Badlands National Park harbors the richest known beds of mammal fossils from the late Eocene and Oligocene. For National Fossil Day 2013, we're bringing these fossils to classrooms around the country by offering special distance learning videoconferences on six days in October. Teachers and students can use Skype or IP Contact to join a park ranger for a live, interactive program introducking the beauty of the Badlands rock layers and the fossil wonders contained within. Programs will last approximately 30 minutes (20 min. presentation + 10 min. Q&A) and will include examples of fossils from creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. For more information contact Cathy Bell, cathy_bell@nps.gov, or visit the website below.
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bulletMuseum of Geology - South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
ID Day
Date & Time: October 16, 2013 from 9am to 4pm
Location: 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD
The Museum of Geology will be hosting a Fossil and Rock Identification Event. The public is encouraged to bring their items that they would like to have identified to the museum. Contact Samantha or visit the website below for more information.

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Tennessee

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

National Fossil Day
Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: ETSU & GS Natural History Museum, 1212 Suncrest Dr., Gray, TN 37615
We will have activities for kids to learn about the fossils and geology of some of our national parks. There will be guest speakers talking about fossils and other aspects of science throughout the day. For more information contact Rachel Short or visit the website below
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bulletMcClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

Can You Dig It?!
Date & Time: October 13, 2013; 1:30-5 pm
Location: 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville TN
Can You Dig It?! will feature fossil and rock identification, Ask a Paleontologist, and visiting the exhibit Geology and the Fossil History of Tennessee. Also available will be activities about archaeology. For more information contact Catherine Shteynberg, cshteynb@utk.edu, or visit the website below.
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Texas

bulletDinosaur Valley State Park

National Fossil Day-Fossil Excavation
Date & Time: October 12, 2013; 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, Texas, 76043
Come and join in celebrating the 4th Annual National Fossil Day! The celebration will be filled with fun activities that will include: "Dino Dig", "Dino Excavation", "Cookie Excavation", and "Fossil ID". Visit Dinosaur Valley State Park Website and Facebook page for more information.
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bulletLadonia Fossil Park

Date & Time: October 13-October 19, 2013
Locations: Ladonia Fossil Park and Fannindel School Gymnasium, Ladonia, Texas

Events:
Weeklong: Fossil Park Open for Canyon Exploration at no cost
Sunday, October 13 at 10am: Tailgate Fossil Show at Ladonia Fossil Park with Fossil Exploration to follow in adjoining North Sulphur River Canyon. This tailgating event is being lead by the Dallas Paleontological Society.
Saturday October 19 at 9am: Family Fossil Fun Day for new hunters and kids starting at Fannindel School Gymnasium. Adult workshop and kids creative fossil art and sandpile fossil digs to be followed by guided exploration in North Sulphur River Canyon at Ladonia Fossil Park.

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bulletSul Ross University

Hunting & Preparing Dinosaurs in Big Bend
Date & Time: Tuesday, 19 November at 2:00 pm.
Location: Warnock Science Building, Sul Ross State University
Stephen L. Wick from Big Bend National Park will give a talk titled "Hunting and Preparing Dinosaurs in Big Bend". Touch an actual bone of Alamosaurus, the largest dinosaur known from Texas, and hear how it was discovered in Brewster County and prepared for exhibition. The event is open and free to the public. For more information contact David Rohr.

bulletTexas Memorial Museum at Texas Natural Science Center

Date & Time: October 16, 2013
Location: Texas Memorial Museum, on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin
Event Description: Join paleontologists at Texas Memorial Museum in this nationwide celebration promoting awareness of fossils and the science of paleontology.
Scheduled Activities:
Fossil Identifications at the Paleo Lab: 9am-noon and 2-4pm
Fossil Dig Pit: Young paleontologists can make their own discoveries from 2-4 p.m.
Teacher Workshop (pre-registration required): Deep Time Explorations, 6-9 p.m.
For more information contact p.owen@austin.utexas.edu
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bulletWaco Mammoth Site

Fall Fossil Festival
Date & Time: Saturday October 19th, 2013, 10am to 4pm
Location: 6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, TX
Free fun for the whole family: Live animals, arts and crafts, games, food, art contest and so much more. Bring your fossil treasures and have them ID'd by scientists. Dig up fossils in our new Excavation Station. And remember to take a tour of our extraordinary in situ fossil bed and learn the amazing stories of the Waco Mammoths! For more information contact mammoths@ci.waco.tx.us.
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Utah

bulletBureau of Land Management/Utah Friends of Paleontology

Triassic Fossils of Lisbon Valley, Utah
Date & Time: August 28, 2013, 6 PM
Location: Zions Bank, 330 South Main, Moab, UT
Contact: rhuntfoster@blm.gov
The Bureau of Land Management & the Utah Friends of Paleontology, Gastonia Chapter, welcome Andrew Milner, from the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm in St. George, Utah. Andrew will be giving a talk about his work in the Triassic age rocks of Lisbon Valley. This talk will be Wednesday, August 28, 6:00 PM at Zions Bank, (330 South Main, Moab), Downstairs Conference Room. All talks are free and open to non-members. We encourage the public to attend.
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bulletUtah Friends of Paleontology, Gastonia Chapter

Tracks, Trilobites, and Triconodonts: Recent Museum of Western Colorado Paleontological Research Projects
Date & Time: September 25th, 2013 at 6:00pm
Location: Zions Bank, 330 South Main, Moab, UT
Contact: ReBecca Hunt-Foster rhuntfoster@blm.gov
All talks are free and open to non-members. We encourage the public to attend. Meeting is held in the Downstairs Conference Room.
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Washington

bulletBurke Museum of Natural History and Culture

National Fossil Day at the Burke Museum
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, from 10 am - 5 pm
Come to the Burke Museum to celebrate National Fossil Day! Burke educators will lead activities for students ages 4 to 14. Find out about the work of paleontologists, sort and identify real fossils, make your own drawings from the fossils on display, and learn about Washington's 500 million year geological history in the exhibit Life and Times of Washington State.
National Fossil Day activities are included with museum admission. To schedule a group of 10 or more, please call 206-543-5591 or email burked@uw.edu. For more information visit the website below.
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bulletStonerose Interpretive Center

Date & Time: October 9-14, 2013
Location: 15-1 N Kean Street, Republic, WA 99166
The Stonerose Interpretive Center is hosting a National Fossil Day event from October 9 to 14, 2013. The event will encompass scientific presentations by various Stonerose affiliates, events centered around public education, and a timeline painted by schools from around the state. Event details are still in progress, if you would like more information please contact Stonerose via e-mail at srac@rcabletv.com or by phone at (509)775-2295.
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West Virginia

bulletClay Center for the Arts and Sciences

Fossil Day Celebration!
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, 10am-5pm
Location: One Clay Square, Charleston, WV 25301
In conjunction with our current "Be the Dinosaur" traveling exhibit, the Clay Center will be bringing out its fossil collection for all to view. Fossils will be on view on the lobby, so join us for this intriguing trip back in time! For more information contact R. Lewis Ferguson or Katrina Harmon, or visit the website below.
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Wyoming

bulletFossil Butte National Monument

Learn the Art of Fossil Preservation
Date & Time: October 16, 2013 1pm-4pm
Location: 864 Chicken Creek Road, Kemmerer, Wyoming 83101
Ever dreamed of being a paleontologist? Visitors to Fossil Butte National Monument are invited to learn the art of fossil preparation on October 16, 2013 from 1-4pm in celebration of National Fossil Day. Park staff will train participants in the use of a microscope, air scibe and air abrasive tool. For more information contact marcia_fagnant@nps.gov or visit the website below.
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bulletTate Geological Museum

National Fossil Day Open House
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16th, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 125 College Dr. Casper, WY
Contact: Gift Shop 307-268-2447
Join us for NFD 2013! We will have our ever popular "Fossil Road Show" and encourage our visitors to bring in their rocks and fossils for identification. There will be Make & Take fossil casting, an Euripides activity for the kids, tours of the Prep Lab and the Lee Rex Barn and of course cookies and beverages, furnished by P. Hawks Coffee! We will also have NPS Jr. Paleontologist books and badges available for those kids who want to become a Jr. Paleontologist.
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Many activities are in the planning stage. Please check back soon.

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Last Updated: February 26, 2014