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National Fossil Day 2016 Events

To add your organization's National Fossil Day event to this page, please email national_fossil_day@nps.gov with event description, date, time, location, contact information, and website. 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.

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Alabama

bulletUniversity of Alabama Museum of Natural History

October 12th, 2016, 4:00 pm- 6:00pm
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0340

The Alabama Museum of Natural History (Smith Hall on the campus of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL) will be hosting a National Fossil Day event on Wednesday, Oct. 12th from 4-6 pm. This year we will be focusing on the Pleistocene of Alabama with a new display of Pleistocene fossils from Alabama and associated activities and crafts for children.

There will be displays from:

  • The museum's collections
  • The Alabama Paleontological Societ
  • University of Alabama Evolutionary Studies
  • Marine Science
  • Geology Clubs
  • The Alabama Geological Survey

Dr. Tom Tobin, Assistant Professor of Geology, will be giving a talk about his research on Cretaceous invertebrates from Antarctica. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their fossil finds for identification, this event is free and open to the public.
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Alaska

bulletAlaska Museum of Science and Nature

October 12th, 2016, 12:00pm- 6:00 pm
201 N Bragaw St, Anchorage, AK 99508

Identify Your Fossil Day!
Events Include:

  • Fossil identification

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American Somoa

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Arizona

bulletMuseum of Northern Arizona

October 8th, 2016, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
3101 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Discovery Second Saturday: National Fossil Day

A Discovery Program

Free with Museum admission or membership

Kids of all ages, join the Museum and celebrate National Fossil Day! Join paleontologists from Petrified Forest National Park for a fun-filled day! Learn how the remains of ancient prehistoric creatures can educate us about past climates and excavate your own fossil. Upcoming: Nov. 12 It's a Hoot

For more information, call 928.774.5211, ext. 222.
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Arkansas

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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California

bulletJohn D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

October 15th, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, 8800 Rosencrans Ave., Buena Park, CA

FREE educational family event, Prehistoric OC. The Prehistoric OC festival is an opportunity for the Cooper Center to share Orange County's rich history, prehistory and Native American culture with the community.
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bulletJoshua Tree National Park

October 12th-October 15th, various hours.
Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Boulevard, Joshua Tree, CA 92256

Events include Paleo Talk using our newly installed Paleo Mural in the patio exhibit of the visitor center; time, life zones and climate change presentations; and park collections tours.
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bulletThe Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

1175 W Base Line Rd, Claremont, 91711, California

October 15th, 1:00-4:00 pm
Special Admission: $3 per person, Free for kids 4 and under.

Join the Alf Museum as we celebrate National Fossil Day on Oct. 15th! Bring the whole family for a special afternoon at the museum filled with fun activities, amazing science, and even some special additions to our Fossil Touch Table. They won't even know they're learning!
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bulletThe Petrified Forest in Calistoga, California

October 12th-16th, 2016, tours at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
4100 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga Ca 94515

There will be naturalist educators giving tours at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm throughout the week of 10/12/16-10/16/16 with a focus on fossils, the fossilization process, their contribution to our understanding of the past and protection of the environment in which they arise.
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bulletSan Diego Natural History Museum

October 12th, 2016, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Balboa Park, 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Celebrate National Fossil Day at theNAT—the San Diego Natural History Museum! Learn more about San Diego's rich fossil history with a docent-led tour of our Fossil Mysteries exhibit. Meet a paleontologist, and see and touch real fossils we are bringing out from our collections. Try your hand at identifying fossils with a hands-on activity. Be sure to stop by the Hazard Family Demonstration Lab to watch our paleontologists as they prepare recently unearthed fossils. All National Fossil Day activities are included with Museum admission.
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bulletUniversity of California Museum of Paleontology

October 12th, 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm
1101 Valley Life Sciences Building, Berkeley, CA 94720-4780

The UC Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) will recognize National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 12, from 3-5 pm with a special open house for undergraduate students to highlight some of the Museum's online resources and collections-based projects. Come and meet UCMP staff, learn more about our programs and explore learning opportunities in the science of paleontology from UCMP resources. Space is limited, RSVP required:
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Colorado

bulletCanyon County Discovery Center

October 12th, 2016, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
1117 N Main St, Monticello, UT 84535

After School Dinosaur Dig: Plan and excavate a dinosaur dig, and maybe find a specimen to take home! Rubbing plates are available for younger paleontologists to create some dino art.
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bulletDenver Museum of Nature and Science

October 24th, 2016, 9:00 am-5: 00 pm
2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

Join us on Monday, October 24th for a very special SCFD Community Free Day as we celebrate National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week. Watch volunteers clean fossils, meet Museum paleontologists, see Mr. Bones the walking dinosaur, and learn about fossils with the Western Interior Paleontological Society. Find your park with the National Park Service, celebrate their centennial and discover this year's national fossil.

Event is free. Museum is open from 9a-5p, special activities from 10a-4p.
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bulletDinosaur Ridge

Girl Scout Day: National Fossil Day
Saturday October 8, 2016

Girl Scouts of all ages can walk where dinosaurs once roamed while fulfilling badge requirements. Experienced geoscientists will explain fossil footprints, show dinosaur bones, and make Mesozoic Colorado come to life! The following groups will have booths for the day with activities to help meet badge requirements: Women in Mining, Legendary Ladies, National Park Service, USGS, Lookout Mountain Nature Center, Butterfly Pavilion, Society of Women Engineers, and Mr. Bones. More information and registration http://www.dinoridge.org/scoutdays.html#gsa

 

bulletGarden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center

October 8th, 2016, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904

Garden of the Gods Fossil Day Celebration Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center will be the hosting the National Fossil Day Celebration - Oct. 8th, 2016 - from 10:00am - 3:00pm. This event will celebrate fossils and natural history. Attendees are encouraged to bring in their favorite fossils for information and identification. Learn about local collecting laws. Organized by Garden of the Gods Park and the Western Interior Paleontological Society - additional participants include the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, local Paleontological and Geology clubs. Don't miss this fun, NEW, not to be missed event. A more detailed schedule of activities will be added--see the website for the latest details!

Cost: Included in admission
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bulletThe Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center

October 1st and October 8th, 2016
612 Royal Gorge Blvd, Canon City, CO 81212

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center's (RGRMHC) Junior Fossil Program is an introduction to the Royal Gorge area's paleontology history for children ages 9-11. The students will visit and research local fossil sites and learn about the people who discovered them. The program will include one full Saturday touring the local fossil sites and the fossil exhibit at the museum. The next Saturday, students will be doing hands-on activities at the museum. The field trip day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1st from 8am - 3pm. The following Saturday, Oct. 8th, the activity day will be from 9am - 2pm. The program is limited to 12 students. Parents must register their child for both Saturdays by Friday, September 23rd at 4pm. Parents can pick up a registration form at RGRMHC located at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. on Wednesday, September 14th. The program is free and is sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office. Students will be required to walk and stand for long periods of time. Sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather and the terrain are recommended.
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bulletThe University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

October 12, 2016, 11:00 am- 1:00Pm and 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309

Join us for a bite of fun in the middle of your day and after school! Explore real trilobite fossils and make a paper trilobite model to take home. We'll be outside the north entrance to the museum with our chocolate fondue pot so you can design your own trilobite cookie. Follow up with visits to our Paleontology Hall to explore other fossil plants and animals, and to the BioLounge to learn about condors.
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Connecticut

bulletYale Peabody Museum of Natural History

October 8th, 2016, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
170 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511

¡Fiesta Latina!
Join us for our annual celebration of Latin American cultures! Within the Museum's iconic Great Hall of Dinosaurs, you'll enjoy performances of traditional and contemporary Latin American music and dance, along with games, live animals, crafts, face painting, a mineral dig, and other activities for the whole family.
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Delaware

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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District of Columbia

bulletSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Kirk Johnson

October 15th, 10:00am- 4:00pm

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will celebrate National Fossil Day 2016 with an all-day family festival. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in family-friendly, fossil-themed activities presented by volunteers and fossil scientists who work with the museum, the National Park Service, and other partner agencies and organizations.

Visitors can explore the exhibition, Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World (2nd floor), and see ongoing research and fossil preparation at the FossiLab.

Activities in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, (ground floor, Constitution Ave. entrance), will include opportunities for visitors to handle fossils and to talk to fossil scientists about what fossils can teach us about life on Earth.

Experience Dinosaurs Alive! 3D at the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX® Theater. Runtime: 40 minutes. Showtimes throughout the day.
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Florida

bulletArchaeologist for Autism

November 19th, 2016, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
3365 Heather Drive, Titusville, Florida 32796

Where: Sams House at Pine Island, Pine Island Conservation Area, Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida.

What: The Archaeologists for Autism mission is to unlock the potential of children with developmental disabilities. We aim to provide children with autism spectrum disorders and their families a chance to experience archaeology in a fun, low stress environment. At our Archeologists for Autism event, children on the autism spectrum and their families will be walking the grounds of an actual archaeological site and be able to enjoy a wide range of activities related to archaeology and paleontology, live music, face- painting, and much more. Participants will be able to use social skills, and use various functional skills, all while having fun! A list of some of our activities can be found on our website.

Who: Children on the autism spectrum ages 6 to 17 years and young adults on the spectrum ages 18 to 22 who are enrolled in public school or equivalent.

Cost: FREE

Important Dates:

  • Participant Registration-Tuesday, August 9 through Monday, August 22, 2016.
  • Vendor/Exhibitor/Activity Registration: Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 30, 2016.
  • Volunteer Registration: Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 30, 2016

For more Information: Phone Number: 321-567-4335 or 576-3225 Website: http://archaeologistsforautism.org Email: arch4autism@gmail.com

 

bulletBiscayne National Park

Date &Time: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Location: 9700 SW 328 Street, Homestead, FL 33033

Celebrate National Fossil Day at Biscayne National Park! Learn about the amazing plants and animals that once inhabited this area. There will be lots of interesting information, activities for kids, real fossils to see and touch and the chance to earn your Junior Paleontologist badge. Contact Denise Ratajczak, denise_ratajczak@nps.gov, 786-335-3653.

 

bulletFlorida Paleontological Society

—NFD 2016 MEGA EVENT !—

National Fossil Day Celebration at the South Florida Museum
Date: Saturday October 1st, 2016
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. NFD Festivities 10 a.m. to 4 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 3 FREE.

Activities: Fossil Displays, Fossil Giveaways, Fossil Vendors, Kids Fossil Dig Pit, Speakers, Florida Paleo Authors & Book Signing, Junior Paleontologist Badge Program presented by the De Soto National Memorial Park Rangers, Special exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History: "Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas". Special Screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure in the Bishop Planetarium, Meteorite Display, Stone Knapping Demonstrations, and so much more!

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

  • Florida Paleontological Society

  • Florida Fossil Hunters

  • Southwest Florida Fossil Society

  • South Florida Museum

  • Florida Museum of Natural History

  • Florida Geological Survey

  • Florida Geological Foundation

  • Fossil Club of Lee County

  • The FOSSIL Project

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bulletFlorida Museum of Natural History

October 12th 1:00pm-4:00pm
Florida Museum - 3215 Hull Road, SW 34th Street and Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611

Celebrate National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week with the Museum. Enjoy docent-led tours of the Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land exhibit and experience hands-on exploration at the Discovery Cart.
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bulletMulberry Phosphate Museum

October 15th, 2016, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
101 S.E. 1st Street, Mulberry, Florida 33860

The Mulberry Phosphate Museum will be hosting "National Fossil Day Celebration" on October 15th, 2016 from 10:00a.m. -2:00p.m. The day is a free event which will feature a shark tooth dig contest, fossil displays, and a panel of experts to classify your own collection.
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Georgia

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Guam

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Hawaii

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Idaho

bulletHagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

October 12th and 15th , 2016, various times
221 N State St, Hagerman, ID 83332

Wednesday, October 12--  the park visitor center will be open! (winter hours- the visitor center is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday after Memorial Day)
Special program working with 20 real fossils spanning geologic time to understand where Hagerman fits into the fossil record

Saturday, October 15-- Celebrate Fossils with the park paleontologist. Get the story behind the fossils in the park visitor center. Learn what special markings on the fossils tell more of their life story- it is more than identification of what fossil animal was found! What happened to that animal? How did it live and what may have attacked it when it was alive? Who were its competitors and how limited was its range?
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Illinois

bulletBurpee Museum of Natural History

October 15th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
737 North Main St., Rockford, IL 61103

Celebrate NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY at Burpee Museum of Natural History on Saturday, October 15th, 2016. This special event will feature several local fossil collectors/exhibitors, hands-on activities, fossil IDs by Burpee Staff, a Jurassic Park Jeep for photo ops, a special presentation on "saber-toothed" cats by noted paleontologist Dr. Virginia Naples, Northern Illinois University and the first 100 children will receive a free fossil to start their own collection. National Fossil Day is held in partnership with the National Park Service and promotes responsible fossil collecting and stewardship (by people of all ages), and encourages science education.

ADMISSION
$8.00 ADULTS
$7.00 CHILDREN
$4.00 MEMBERS http://www.burpee.org/event/national-fossil-day-2016/
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bulletThe Fryxell Geology Museum

October 15th, 7:30 pm- 9:00 PM
Augustana College, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois, 61201

The Fryxell Geology Museum, which features one of the best collections of minerals and fossils in the Midwest, will be open to the public. Highlights include: A wall of glowing, fluorescent rocks, and casts of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, and a complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica.

Event also includes an open house of the John Deere Planetarium for stargazing and planet viewing, weather permitting. Also on display will be a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteorite and a planetarium show with images and information on the wonders of the night sky. Event is free to the public.
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bulletEarth Science Club of Northern Illinois

The Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois is hosting the 2nd Annual "Best Fossil Contest".

Bring your best plant and invertebrate and vertebrate animal fossils. Everyone in attendance will vote and we'll pick winners in each category.

Even if you don't want to participate, please come by and checkout the fossils on display. Additionally, bring anything in you want identified, there will be qualified people with lots of experience in attendance.

 

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Indiana

bulletJoseph Moore Museum/ Earlham College

October 12th, 2016, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
801 National Rd W, Richmond, IN 47374

The Joseph Moore Museum will celebrate Fossil Day on October 12th! From1-5pm, visitors can dig for fossils at our dig station, learn about the geologic history of Richmond, and sign up for a local fossils scavenger hunt. At 4pm, we will have a free fossil tour of Ordovician fossils and Pleistocene mammals. We have posted our event to our website (http://www.earlham.edu/joseph-moore-museum/upcoming-events/) and will share some fun fossil facts on our Facebook page the day of the event.
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Iowa

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Kansas

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Kentucky

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Louisiana

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Maine

bulletL.C.Bates Museum

October 15th, 2016, 10:00 am
14 Easler Rd, Hinckley, ME 04944

Fossil Day Guided Tour of the Fossil Collection at L.C.Bates Museum Guided Tour of the fossil exhibitions in the L.C.Bates Museum followed by hands-on activities and making a fossil craft. Good activity for families and children looking to learn about fossils. The tour will include Maine fossils and an explanation about a recently added inland Maine fossil.
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Maryland

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Massachusetts

bulletHarvard Museum of Natural History

October 12th, 2016, (All Day) 9:00am- 5:00pm
26 Oxford St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Harvard Museum of Natural History with ancient trilobites, sea scorpions, sabertooth cats, giant ground sloths, and everything in between. Meet Harvard paleontologists Phil Lai (10:00am–11:00am) and Christopher Capobianco (3:00pm–4:00pm). Learn about the amazing prehistoric animals on exhibit from museum volunteers. Bring your questions and curiosity to this all-ages event!
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bulletMartha's Vineyard: Oak Bluffs Public Library

October 13th, 2016, 4:00 pm - 7:45 pm
56R School St, Oak Bluffs, MA 02568

Come celebrate National Fossil Day on Martha's Vineyard: Thursday October 13th from 4pm to 7:45pm with MPRI at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. The event is free to all, and everyone is 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 our presenters:

  • education director Ann DuCharme, Martha's Vineyard Museum
  • geological oceanographer Dr. Meg Tivey, Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
  • radiocarbon dating researcher Dr. Ann McNichol, National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (NOSAMS) facility at WHOI
  • prehistorian and artist Duncan Caldwel
  • diving contractors and diving instructors Heidi Raihofer and Joe Leonardo
  • eighth and sixth grade students Jacob and Sam Gurney who like to travel to fossil destinations
  • artist and swimming instructor Michael Wooley
  • archaeologist, published author, and fossil collector Bill Moody
  • zoologists/ecologists/paleontologists Scott Smyers and Kyle Cormier from Oxbow Associates, Acton MA,
  • who will present for the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
  • marine ecologist Wendy Culbert and paleobiologist Fred Hotchkiss of MPRI
  • and our public!

This event is for all ages. Students and families are especially welcome. Last year some attendees brought fossils of beauty, interest and variety, most of which were found on the island; 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. Last year we had about 350 people drop in - many grade schoolers with parents; but all age groups came.
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Michigan

bulletMichigan State University Museum

October 9th, 2016 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
409 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824

National Fossil Day (NFD) is a celebration organized by The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

Activities Include:

  • Michigan fossil dig & sift
  • Junior Paleontologist hunt
  • Fossil molds to make and take
  • Face painting
  • Guided tours of the Hall of Evolution
  • "Ask the Expert": a paleontologist answer your fossil questions and identify specimens
  • Fossil Puzzle Station
  • Fossil ID competition with prizes!

New this year!

  • Amazing Amber - learn how insects get preserved in amber
  • Make and take home your own "amber" specimen!
  • Help create a mural of ancient Michigan
  • Special activity "How many Velociraptors can our elevator hold?"
  • Fossil or Not? - learn to identify fossils from fossil look- alikes
  • And much more!

Special opportunity: A "fossils only" version of MESTA's famous Rock Shop will be set up for educators to acquire invertebrate fossils for study in the classroom or at home.

In partnership with Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA), brought to you by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU).
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Minnesota

bulletMississippi National River and Recreation Area

Saturday 10/08/2016 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join NPS rangers and paleontologist to wander through the rich ancient history of an ancient and foreign world of long ago. Kids and youth earn a special paleontologist Junior Ranger badge.
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bulletScience Museum of Minnesota

details pending...

 

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Mississippi

bulletDunn-Seiler Geology Museum at Mississippi State University

October 12th, 2016, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm
Mississippi State University, MS-12, Mississippi State University, MS 39762

The Dunn-Seiler Museum presents Fossil Extravaganza 2016!

The Dunn-Seiler Museum celebrates National Fossil Day on October 12, 2016 with Fossil Extravaganza! We will host a public reception 5:30pm-7:00pm, and will provide museum tours, children’s activities, and refreshments! The museum has mammoth and mastodon remains, dinosaur bones, an extinct crocodile, and much more on display. We also have a replica of the jaw from the extinct lion whose fossil was FIRST found in Mississippi! Join us for a night of discovery!
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bulletGulf Islands National Seashore

October 15, 2016, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
3500 Park Rd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

National Fossil Day is a celebration to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils and to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. Meet at the William M Colmer Welcome Center, complete the program and become a Junior Paleontologist and earn a special badge.
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Missouri

bulletBollinger County Museum of Natural History

October 15th, 2016, 12:00 pm- 4:30 pm
207 Mayfield Dr, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History in Marble Hill, Missouri on Saturday, October 15 from 12:00 (noon) to 4:30 p.m.

Learn about the Missouri dinosaur discoveries, see bones from our state dinosaur plus a full size replica of the Missouri dinosaur, Hypsibema missouriense. Watch as our scientists work on a bone bed from the dinosaur dig site.

Bring in your fossils and "finds" for our scientist to identify, then explore the fossil record of Missouri through our exhibits. By studying fossils, scientists gain knowledge about how our world has changed and how different life forms have adapted to those changes.

Native American tools display from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Try your hand at different types of primitive skills while you explore the world of ancient cultures. You may bring your Native American relics or finds to the museum for identification.

Become a Jr. Paleontologist or a Jr. Archaeologist through our children's activities. Activities include a fossil dig, make your own fossil, and fossil scavenger hunt. Pick up a free Missouri fossil as a prize for participating in our fossil scavenger hunt.

Young archaeologists can experience identifying different objects by following the clues archaeologists uncover or try their hand at reassembling a puzzle of an ancient vase through our hands on children's' activities.

Children ages 5-12 years can learn about fossils and earn an official Junior Paleontologists badge through the National Park Service program by completing fossil activities at the Bollinger County Museum.

All activities are free with your paid museum admission.
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Montana

bulletGreat Plains Dinosaur Museum

October 12th, 10:00am-5:00pm
405 North 1st St East, Malta MT, 59538

Sponsored by the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum, activities will be available for the students at the Whitewater Public School throughtout the day on National Fossil Day.
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bulletThe Museum of the Rockies

October 12th, 2016, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
600 West Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, Montana 59717

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

October 12th, 2016, 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm
32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812

The University of Montana Paleontology Center invites the public to "follow the dinosaur footprints and party with paleontologists" at the seventh annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The free event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Charles H. Clapp Building on the southeast corner of campus. Attendees are asked to enter through the building's breezeway.

Activities include rock and fossil identifications; tours of the Research Collections Room, which only happen once a year; a screening of a short film about the coelacanth; and a chance to hear about current paleontological research going on at the center. Activities geared especially for kids ages 5 to 12 will take place in the Junior Paleontologist Room.

The UMPC collections represent the ancient heritage of Montana and western North America. There are more than 50,000 vertebrate, invertebrate and plant specimens in the research collection, which was started in 1898.

For more information call UMPC Collections Manager Kallie Moore at 406-243-5406, email kallie.moore@mso.umt.edu or visit http://www.hs.umt.edu/paleo.

 

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Nebraska

bulletAgate Fossil Beds National Monument

October 8th, 2016, Starts at 10:00 AM

On Saturday, October 8, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument will celebrate National Fossil Day with a "back by popular demand" accounting of the excavation and preparation of the Palaeocastor, ancient land-loving beaver, found weathering out of a Daemonelix in 2015. Learn about the Daemonelix on a walk on the Daemonelix Trail at 10 a.m. A presentation about the excavation will be at 1 p.m. in the theater with another hike on the Daemonelix Trail following the talk at 2 p.m. Fossil games and the Junior Paleontologist books and badges will be available throughout the day. The exposed fossil will be available for viewing.

In August Badlands National Park Lead Paleontological Technician Ellen Starck and Lead Fossil Preparator Mary C. Carpenter gave presentations about their involvement with the excavation and preparation of the Palaeocastor in a Daemonelix fossil found at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. During the day that prepared fossil will be available for viewing. At 1 p.m. the Agate Fossil Beds staff will explain the methods used by Starck and Carpenters to excavate the most recent specimen from Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. The discussion will continue with the preparation of the Daemonelix (fossil burrow) and the exposed in-situ skull, dentary, and caudal vertebra of the Palaeocastor. During sediment removal, at least 10 more bones were unexpectedly discovered. This June, two more bones within burrow sediments were uncovered. With the potential for more fossils to be discovered, learn about how this specimen is still full of surprises. At 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m., after the presentation, walk the Daemonelix Trail with a ranger and learn more about Daemonelix and where to look for them. Kids of all ages will enjoy fossil games and the Junior Paleontologist book.
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Northern Mariana Islands

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Nevada

bulletLas Vegas Museum of Natural History

October 8th, 10:00 am-3:00 pm 900 Las Vegas Blvd North, Las Vegas, NV 89101

On October 8, celebrate National Fossil Day at the Museum! Join the Protectors of Tule Springs and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum as we celebrate fossil discovery in Southern Nevada.

Fossil Day Activities: Las Vegas Natural History Museum "Southern Nevada During the Pleistocene" Student art contest exhibition and award ceremony - Awards presented at 11:00am by the Protectors of Tule Springs and other Special Guests. Art work on display in the Grand Hall. Grand Opening - Richard Ditton Learning Lab See science happening live!!! On Fossil Day, visitors will see paleontology in action as Paleontology students and paleontologists prepare, clean and repair fossils collected right here in Southern Nevada.

The Lab is a collaborative effort with UNLV and the Museum's research associate program. It is in part, a learning laboratory for college students; in part a research facility for research associates and; in part a live exhibition for Museum visitors.

The Protectors of Tule Springs will have an information table set up and we will also offer short presentations on the new National Monument, including info on Ice Age mammals, history of the area, what the future holds and more.

Nevada Friends of Paleontology Museum Activities:

  • An Edible Fossil Excavation Visitors young and old can explore fossil discovery through this fun and tasty activity
  • Fossil Cart Experiences See, touch and learn more about real fossils. Discover the stories they reveal about the past.
  • Shark Feeding - 2:00pm
  • Critter Connections to the Past: SNAKES As a preview for the upcoming Smithsonian Exhibition: Titanoboa (opening in October), visitors will discover live snakes in this hand’s on experience with some of earth's oldest surviving

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bulletThe City of Las Vegas

October 7th, 2016 7:00 pm
Centennial Hills Park Amphitheater

Ward 6 Movie in the Park: The Good Dinosaur, with extra Fossil Day Fun!

The City of Las Vegas with Mayor Pro Tem Steve Ross will be hosting a movie in the park on October 7th, 2016 as our observance of Fossil Day. The Tule Springs National Parks service has been invited to participate in this outreach as well.

 

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

bulletRutgers Geology Museum

October 5th and October 16th, 2016
85 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Fossil and Dinosaurs Late Night
Visit us on Wednesday, October 5th for our monthly late night event. Take a step back in time and come with us to discover the different types of dinosaurs and other prehistoric plants and animals that have inhabited the Earth during the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras!

Demonstrations, arts and crafts and educational activities will be set up around the museum for this event and people are welcome to come and go as they please. We encourage all ages to come participate and learn something new!

For more information about our late night events, please check out the Late Night at the Museum page.
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Big Brook Field Trip
The Rutgers Geology Museum hosts a number of field trips throughout the year, where participants are able to explore and uncover many mysteries of local geologic history. All field trips are fun and educational, so children (ages 5+) and adults are welcome to come along for the adventure.

Join the Rutgers Geology Museum on a fossil field trip to the Big Brook Preserve located in Colts Neck, NJ! During this trip you will be able to find your very own fossils with the guidance of Rutgers University geologists. This field trip is great for all ages and guaranteed fun for everyone. Prior registration and payment is required for this event. Address and directions will be provided after completing registration.

Field Trip Registration Form
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New Mexico

bulletMesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory

October 14th and 15th 2016, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm
222 East Laughlin, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory in Tucumcari, New Mexico will offer free admission in celebration of the National Parks Service Annual National Fossil Day on Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th, 2016. Visit our Museum from noon to 5 pm, and see our recently updated exhibit that features two complete, life-sized, bronze skeletons of Smilodon (saber-toothed cat). Smilodon is the featured creature on this year's National Fossil Day logo.
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bulletNew Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

October 12th 2016, 3:00pm- 6:00pm
1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

"Afternoon Science Adventures" - National Fossil Day

Who: Children of all ages

What: Activities to celebrate National Fossil Day to include hands-on fossil activities, fossil id station, museum scientists sharing their fossil finds, Fossilworks showing off the progress made on the baby Pentaceratops fossil

Where: NMMNH&S Atrium and Fossil works area (free with paid museum admission)

When: October 12 from 3pm - 6pm (note open an hour later than normal hours)

Why:

  1. Creation of a new educational program branded "Afternoon Science Adventures" - more themed afternoon events will occur randomly throughout 2017 to celebrate other aspects of the museum and national days of scientific importance.
  2. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. The NMMNH&S was founded because of NM's fossils and created to store and share them with the public.

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New York

bulletAmerican Museum of Natural History

October 19th, 2016 10:00 am- 12:00pm
Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024
Grand Gallery, First Floor and 4th Floor Fossil Halls

Drop-In Event for School Groups

In celebration of National Fossil Day, this special event will help students understand how studying fossils teaches us about the history of life, past climates, and ancient landscapes. Activities explore fossil formation, extinction theories, fossil diversity and much more.

Free admission for New York City school and camp groups to the American Museum of Natural History is generously supported by the Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.
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bulletPaleontological Research Institution and Museum of the Earth

Museum of the Earth celebrates 2016 National Fossil Day with Fossil Mania

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
10 am - 1pm. Admission costs apply- no extra charge for event.
1259 Trumansburg Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850

Celebrate National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week at the Museum of the Earth!

This year's theme is Pleistocene ("ice age") life and landscapes. Enjoy a trip to the museum including Pleistocene educational activities for all ages and Pleistocene artwork. Discover ice age fossils, including skulls, teeth, claws, ivory, and even pieces of mammoth and elephant fossils at our fossil touch table. Get an up-close view of our Pleistocene fossil collection, measure fossils and shells like a true scientist, and more!
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North Carolina

bulletAurora Fossil Museum

October 15th, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
400 Main St, Aurora, North Carolina 27806

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Aurora Fossil Museum. Activities include fossil displays, fossil talks, games, prizes, and music in the Fossil Park! A day of community, fun, and FOSSILS!
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bulletImagination Station Science & History Museum

October 12th, 2016, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
224 Nash Street East, Wilson, NC 27894

  • Imagination Station Science and History Museum will be celebrate National Fossil Day by having:
  • Fossil display table
  • Fossil Dig
    • Participants can find their own fossils such as shark teeth from the Miocene time period of North Carolina.
  • Fossil related give-a-ways

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North Dakota

bulletFargo Public Library

October 15th, 2016, 10:00 am
102 3rd St N, Fargo, ND 58102

Giants in Your Own Backyard
Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Main Library when NDSU geologists Dr. Lydia Tackett and Jessie Rock present on Ice Age fossils. Attend an exciting talk about the Pleistocene organisms that lived in our region, experience fossils from the NDSU Geoscience collections, and participate in hands-on science activities. Join us on Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m. for this all-ages event.
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bulletGrand Forks Public Library

October 30th, 2016, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
2110 Library Cir, Grand Forks, ND 58201

STEM Makerspace in the Library: Geoscience
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bulletNorth Dakota Heritage Center/ North Dakota Geological Survey and State Historical Society

October 12th, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
612 East Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, North Dakota 58505

Come join the NDGS staff and State Historical Society staff in celebration of National Fossil Day, October 12, 2016! Join in activities from 10am-5pm at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. An identification table will be available throughout the celebration. Geologists, Paleontologist, and Archaeologists will be available to help identify your rocks, fossils, and artifacts.

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:00am-5:00pm – Rock-Fossil-Artifact Identification table. Located at the Russell Reid Auditorium.
  • 10:00am-10:40am — Take a Prehistoric Fishing Trip with paleontologists Jeff Person and Becky Barnes! The audience is encouraged to participate in this learning activity. Find out what type of creatures lived in the seas that once covered North Dakota. From fancy fish to giant sea monsters. Located in the Auditorium.
  • 11:00am-4:00pm – Coloring activities will be available for those interested, located in the Project Room.
  • 4:00pm-4:40pm – Take a Prehistoric Fishing Trip with paleontologists Jeff Person and Becky Barnes! The audience is encouraged to participate in this learning activity. Find out what type of creatures lived in the seas that once covered North Dakota. From fancy fish to giant sea monsters. Located in the Auditorium.

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Ohio

bulletNATIONAL FOSSIL DAY - OHIO STATEHOUSE FOSSIL TOUR

Join us for National Fossil Day, held during Earth Science Week, and enjoy a Statehouse Fossil Tour--a geology tour of the Statehouse with special guest Dale M. Gnidovic, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum and Mike Angle, Asst. Division Chief at ODNR Division of Geological Survey. Experts will discuss the "Building Stones of Capitol Square." For more information, visit www.earthsciweek.org. To reserve a free spot, call 614/728-2130 or lstedke@csrab.state.oh.us.
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bulletCincinnati Museum Center, Duke Energy Children's Museum/ University of Cincinnati

October 12, 2016, various times
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203

Stop by Nature's Trading Post in the Duke Energy Children's Museum's to partake in a variety of fun activities celebrating National Fossil Day. Use your creativity and investigation skills with our coloring sheets and fossil facts to discover more about Cincinnati's past and the sea that used to cover the Tri-State area.

Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, Brenda Hunda, will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. to answer your questions and talk about fossils.
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bulletUniversity of Cincinnati

October 19, 2016, 7:00pm- 8:00pm
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203
McMicken Hall 127

Insights Lecture: Professor Philip Gingerich- Origin of Whales
In this lecture, renowned expert Professor Philip Gingerich will examine evidence of when, where, how and possibly why whales evolved from land mammals. His lecture will highlight how the species evolved and changed throughout time, beginning 48 million years ago.

Evolutionary biologists trace the evolution of animals by studying fossils that link organisms as they change through time. In this case, the link between fossils showed more differences than links, making it difficult to understand Cetaceans' evolutionary origin. New fossils link land-mammal ancestors to semiaquatic 'archaeocetes' and finally to fully aquatic modern whales.

Every discovery of an intermediate divides a gap in our knowledge into two, but the new gaps are smaller and thus the course of evolution is clarified.
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Oklahoma

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Oregon

bulletUniversity of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

October 15th, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
1680 E 15th Avenue, Eugene, OR

Bring the family to the museum, and dig into Northwest natural history with University of Oregon scientists! Enjoy crafts, snacks, hands-on activities, and more!

  • Learn about rocks with the UO Geology Club
  • Prepare a fossil with museum paleontologist Edward Davis
  • Join a fossil-finding field trip at 1:30 p.m. (weather permitting)

Admission is $10 per family (up to two adults and four children) and free for MNCH members. Not a member yet? Sign up during Fossil Family Day and receive a 50% discount on your new family membership.
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Pennsylvania

bulletAcademy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

October 12th, 2016 10:00am-4:30 pm
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Join us on National Fossil Day to celebrate fantastic fossils that tell stories of our ancient world.

Check out gigantic dinosaur bones, tiny shark teeth, and everything in between! Talk with Academy experts to learn how fossils form, and see some cool (touchable!) specimens. Drop by Science Now to find out about current events in paleontology, and make a fossil craft to take home. Don't forget to spend some time in Dinosaur Hall to check out our incredible permanent collection of dinosaur skeletons, plus visit our Fossil Prep Lab, where technicians are unveiling dinosaur fossils fresh from the field. Be sure to visit the amazing Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit to see fossils brought to life as roaring, moving, animatronic dinosaurs! National Fossil Day activities are free with admission. (Fee required for Dinosaurs Unearthed)

Link for Parking: https://www.parkme.com/philadelphia-parking/event/celebrate-national-fossil-daya
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bulletThe State Museum of Pennsylvania

October 12th, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm
300 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120

Join Museum educators and the Curator of Paleontology in celebrating National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 12 at the Mastodon in the Paleontology Gallery. This year's theme is "Pleistocene Life and Landscapes". The Pleistocene is commonly referred to as the "Ice Age", the slice of geologic time spanning from 2.58 million to 11,700 years ago. This event is included with General Admission to the Museum.
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Puerto Rico

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Rhode Island

bulletRoger Williams Park Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

October 8th and 9th, 2016
Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907

Fossil Frenzy Weekend: National Fossil Day Celebration
Saturday, October 8, - Sunday, October 9, 2016
From the Coal Age to the Ice Age, the museum's collection of fossil specimens brings the past to life! Come join in the festivities and see fossilized plants and animals that once roamed the Earth.

Fossil Frenzy Family Fun
Cost: Free with museum admission
Activities include: Displayed fossils from the museum's vaults, special fossil quest, fossil puzzle, make your own trilobite mask and more.

2:00pm: Cosmic Collisions Planetarium Show
Cost: $3.00 (includes museum admission fee), Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium.
Take a thrilling trip through space and time, well beyond the calm face of the night sky, to explore cosmic collisions, hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe. Show produced by the American Museum of Natural History.
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South Carolina

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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South Dakota

bulletThe Mammoth Site

October 12th, 2016, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Hot Springs, SD 57747

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs South Dakota will be holding a series of events to celebrate National Fossil Day:

  • Ice Age Art Contest (mixed media, crayon, clay, cardboard, yarn, chalk, paint, etc.) Preschool, Grades K-5, Grades 6-12, and adult – Ribbons and best in show will receive a Mammoth Site Gift Card. – Submission deadline is noon October 6th.
  • Storytime in the Bonehut at 11:30 a.m.
  • Scavenger Hunt- available all day
  • Prehistoric Road Show 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Classroom stations from 9:30 a.m. to Noon
    • Mini Screenpicking Station
    • Fossil Impression Station
    • Fossil Prep Station
  • Lecture by Dr. Jim Mead, Mammoth Site Chief Scientist/Site Director at 1:00 p.m.
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Tennessee

bulletEast Tennessee State University Gray Fossil Site & Museum

October 15th, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray, TN 37615

Fossil Finders program 10am-3pm: Examine fossil replicas, play Fossil or Fake?, and even get a chance to dig through micro-fossil sediment.
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bulletMcClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, University of Tennessee

October 16th, 2016, 1:30 pm- 5:00 pm
1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-3200

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 16 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

bulletDinosaur Valley State Park

October 22nd and 23rd, 2016, various times
1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043

October 22nd, Limestone Ledge Trail Hike
Walk the rivers edge in search of dinosaur tracks.

The Limestone Ledge Trail Hike will begin at the park store parking lot. The hike will follow the river, stopping to view dinosaur tracks along the way. This hike is an intermediate level hike and is approximately 2.5 miles long.

  • Strollers are not recommended!
  • Wear good walking/hiking shoes.
  • Water and protein snacks recommended!

October 23rd, Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.

  • Meet Ranger Phil at the main track area in the park, track site #2, for an interpretive story on the dinosaur tracks in the park.
  • Event Times: 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

 

bulletHeard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

National Fossil Day Celebration
10/09/2016, 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Description: Come explore the exciting world of fossils with members of the Dallas Paleontological Society. Learn about ancient teeth, see casts of animals, and become a member of the "PIT" Crew (Paleontologists in Training). You can even bring in your own fossils and have them identified. DPS will also be giving away free fossils (while supplies last)! Event open to the public 1:30-4 p.m. map

 

bulletMayborn Museum at Baylor University

October 12th, 2016, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
1300 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76706

National Fossil Day Event: a fossil find scavenger hunt as well as a fossil making activity.
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bulletNortheast Lakeview College Library

October 11th to 15th, 2016
1201 Kitty Hawk Rd. Universal City, Texas 78148

The Northeast Lakeview College Library will be displaying several books from the collection along with fossils on loan from our faculty and staff to encourage students to think about our past. Students, faculty, staff, and community visitors are welcome to view the display during normal library hours.
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bulletLewisville ISD Outdoor Learning Area

October 12th, 2016

Grade 4 students will be onsite all day (9-2) and as part of their outdoor day they will inaugurate the Geological and Paleontological interactive display and trail. LISD district officials including will be present for the Ribbon Cutting of the Earth History Trail 'Time Machine' which is an outdoor display space for interactive and digital displays that highlight rock cycle processes, fossil formation, work of paleontologists and fossil from the local site. The Earth History trail itself leads past interpretive signage through he woods to a cliff overlooking a creek where the local fossils were found. At this cliffside site students are able to dig in constructed fossil dig areas that have been seeded wit rocks and local fossils (ammonites and gryphaea mostly), use binoculars/monoculars to check out the bedrock shale creaked, and learn about other prehistoric creatures that existed during the same geologic time (Cretaceous)

Ribbon Cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11:30-12:30 pm, but students will be hiking the Earth History trail all day and Ribbon Cutting visitors are invited to join in.
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bulletTexas Memorial Museum

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Admission: FREE (donations welcome)

Held in Mid-October, National Fossil Day is an annual celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.

Join Texas Memorial Museum in this nationwide event promoting awareness of fossils and the science of paleontology.

Scheduled activities:

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fossil Identifications
Meet a paleontologist to learn about your personal fossil finds and the fabulous fossil record of Texas.
(1st floor, Paleo Lab)

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fossil Dig Pit
Young paleontologists can make their own discoveries of Texas fossils.
(Outdoor classroom, weather permitting)

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Saber-toothed Cats of Texas 
Meet a paleontologist and learn more about these fascinating felines!
(1st floor, in front of the Ice Age exhibit)

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ice Age Arts
Learn about giant ground sloths and glyptodonts while creating your own masterpiece.
(1st floor, across from the Paleo Lab)
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bulletNSR Ladonia Fossil Park

October 9th thru October 15th, 2016
Various locations

Fannin County makes ready for National Earth Science Week To Conclude with National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 15th, at North Sulphur River/ Ladonia Fossil Park

Fannin County-- Ecosystems that covered Fannin County eons ago will be the focus of weeklong events October 9th through October 15th as locals, students, visiting scientists, fossil hunters and enthusiasts gather here during National Earth Science Week. Object of the fanfare is four days of learning opportunities, displays of rare and unusual fossils from the Cretaceous and Pleistocene Periods, and fun of exploring for more of the same at the North Sulphur River.

This year marks the sixth year for a local observance. In 2011, the local Bois d' Arc Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist teamed with the Dallas Paleontological Society, the Ladonia Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ladonia to become sanctioned by the National Park Service and become a sponsoring participant in National Fossil Day.  Other organizations contributing to the 2016 observance include the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, the Blackland Prairie Chapter and the North Texas Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist, the Fannin County Amateur Radio Club, and the Ladonia Volunteer Fire Department.

A TMN training class at the Darrell Hall Education Center on October 11 begins the weeklong events. Local Master Naturalists PK Kirkpatrick and Jody and Mike Lindsey will conduct training in Fannin County anthropology and paleontology beginning at 6pm and is open to the public at no charge.

On October 13 and 14, the Dallas Paleontological Society will take part at Honey Grove's Bertha Voyer Memorial Library in the Discover Earth Series beginning at 5pm. In addition to their display of North Sulphur River fossils, DPS members Mick Tune and Tom Dill will present special programs on fossils, followed by Q & A, again open to the public at no charge.

On Saturday, October 15th, the focus moves to Fannindel High School Cafeteria, Ladonia, for a workshop starting at 10 am.  Registration begins an hour earlier with fossil identification table, local fossil displays, and special meet the long time collectors’ tables.

The workshop will open with a welcome from Mayor Protem Todd Akers to be followed by Kenny Karl of the Bois d' Arc Chapter Master Naturalist. He will give history of the North Sulphur River (NSR) and how the park came to be among the best fossil hunting locations in Texas.

Fossil collector PK Kirkpatrick, collector in NSR for more than 25 years will address safety issues for hunting at the Park and share information on what to look for and how to have a great hunt at the North Sulphur River Canyon, located a couple of miles north of Ladonia.

Special guest speaker for the workshop is Geologist Diane Brownlee, a staff member of Heard Museum, McKinney, and a docent at Perot Museum, Dallas, who will present "Ladonia NSR and Tectonic Plates".

By 11 am, the day’s events will adjourn from the school to nearby North Sulphur River Canyon fossil beds for guided and individual exploration. The North Sulphur River in southeast Fannin County is noted for Cretaceous Period marine megafossils such as mosasaurs and plesiosaurs and for Ice Age fossils such as mammoths and mastodons.

Volunteers from Dallas Paleontological Society, Bois d' Arc Chapter and the Blackland Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist will be present to assist at the park. Mick Tune of DPS will lead identifying finds and offering information about what is found.

Special sales will be made of the DPS book, Fossil Collector’s Guidebook to the North Sulphur River. The book is a reference guide to fossil identification for fossils from the NSR in Fannin, Delta, and Lamar Counties of Texas. Souvenir tee shirts marking the annual event will be on sale, and food concessions will be available from members at the Ladonia Volunteer Fire Department booth.

The Fannin County Amateur Radio Club will have a booth set up to promote good communications and safety in the NSR area, and all participants are invited to take time to develop a method to communicate from the riverbed floor.

Chairperson of the Ladonia Fossil Park event, PK Kirkpatrick tells participants, “While workshops and explorations of this caliber are usually with significant fee, these National Fossil Day events are free, thanks to a number of volunteers from our sponsoring organizations!”

In event of heavy rainfall, the river excursions will be postponed. PK Kirkpatrick said those going on the excursion need to pack water, wear close-toed shoes or mud boots or mud wading shoes if there has been rain within the past week.  Also, those with arthritic knees, ankles, backs, and mobility problems may want to stay topside at the park and not enter the river bed because of steepness and height of steps at the park.

Ladonia Fossil Park is located two miles north of Ladonia on Highway 34. Ladonia is located about 75 miles northeast of Dallas, midway between Greenville and Paris and is accessible by highway 34 and highway 50. 

For more information on the event or directions, call 903-456-2687.
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Utah

bulletDinosaur National Monument

Various Dates and times
11625 East 1500 South, Jensen, UT 84035

Celebrate Earth Science Week, National Fossil Day, International Archeology Day and the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. For more information visit nps.gov/dino, follow DinosaurNPS on Facebook, or call (435) 781-7700

Rock Art Caravan
October 8, 9 & 15 10:00 am - Noon Quarry Visitor Center Join park rangers on October 8 and 9 or Utah State University Archeologists on October 15 for a tour of several rock art locations along the Cub Creek Road. Meet at the Quarry Visitor Center and be prepared to drive your own vehicle to three sites, ending near Josie's Cabin. You may drive back at your own pace.

Junior Paleontologist
October 8, 9 & 15 10:30 - 11:00 am Quarry Exhibit Hall A fun activity for kids of all ages, including kids at heart. Note: Free activity books are available upon request at anytime

Petroglyphs on Paper
October 8, 9 & 15 2:00 - 4:00 pm Quarry Visitor Center Explore your creative side and make your own paper petroglyph

Profiling Paleontology
October 12 & 14 2:00 - 2:30 pm Quarry Exhibit Hall Get to know an interesting cast of characters who have influenced the discovery and understanding of fossils through time.

Twilight Tour of the Quarry
October 12 5:00 - 8:30 pm Quarry Exhibit Hall Drive directly to the Quarry Exhibit Hall anytime between 5:00 and 8:30 pm to see the Wall of Bones in a whole new light. 6:00 - 6:30 pm Uncovering the Past Join Dinosaur's Park Paleontologist for a short talk about the history and future of the Carnegie Quarry, followed by Q & A. Dinosaur Rocktoberfest

 

bulletMoab BLM, the Utah Friends of Paleontology, and Grand County Trail Mix

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail Repair: September 17, 2016 - Interested members of the public are invited to join the BLM, the Utah Friends of Paleontology, and Grand County Trail Mix as we work together to replace 17 signs along the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail, north of Moab, Utah. Paleontologists and volunteers will be onsite removing the old signs, installing new signs, and doing general trail maintenance and improvements. During the work, participants will learn how paleontologists find dinosaur bone, and how they were deposited and became fossilized, as well as the importance of protecting fossils like these. Please join the BLM for this unique, educational opportunity. Please meet us at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail at 9 AM. Those interested in volunteering should contact the BLM-Utah Canyon Country District paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster at the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office at rhuntfoster@blm.gov or at 435-259-2179.

Participants are reminded that summer temperatures in the Moab area can be extreme and should plan accordingly and bring their own bottle and sunscreen. Water will be provided. Although the hike to the site is relatively short, working in the sun and heat may not be enjoyable or advisable for everyone. While the hike is very short (1/4 mile), and your volunteer hours can vary in duration, participants should be aware of their own skill level and health, and proceed accordingly.

 

bulletMoab BLM, U.S. Geological Survey, Utah State University—Moab, National Park Service, Beacon After School Program, Clark Planetarium, Four Corners School, Grand Country Public Library, Museum of Moab, and the Utah Friends of Paleontology


Moab Festival of Science: September 23-25, 2016

Join in the fun at the first ever Moab Festival of Science. This multi-day program strives to connect and inspire the citizens of southeastern Utah with the wonder of science and the thrill of scientific discovery. Events will include a dark sky and star watching party, a tour of the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project, a tour of the new Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite, as well as a day full of hands on activities for the public that will target local science concepts and projects. Join us for free tours of the new Early Cretaceous Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite with a paleontologists, as well as fun geology activities, on Sunday, September 25, from 10 AM to Noon. Join us to have all your dinosaur questions answered! Contact the BLM-Utah Canyon Country District paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster at the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office at rhuntfoster@blm.gov or at 435-259-2179 for more information. Participants are reminded that summer temperatures in the Moab area can be extreme and should plan accordingly and bring their own water bottle and sunscreen. Water will be provided. The hike to the site is relatively short (1/4 mile).

 

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Vermont

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Virginia

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Virgin Islands

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Washington

bulletStonerose Interpretive Center & Fossil Site

October 7th-10th
15-1 North Kean Republic, WA 99166

Join Stonerose Eocene Fossils for a weekend of fun, fascinating fossils, October 7th-10th!

Friday is Kid's Day; Republic, Curlew and Orient schools are bringing students for digging fossils, painting a Geologic timeline on the street, and a session with Dr. Bruce Archibald to talk bugs. There will be a special time set aside for those adults interested, to do maintenance on the Members Area of Boot Hill.

Friday from 5:30-6:30 attend a free presentation at the Republic Senior Center. Arizona State University PhD Graduate Students will present "Adventures in Yakima Canyon: Fun in a Miocene Swamp" and "Pink Bollworm Moths and Stonerose Acer Fossils".

Saturday dig for fossils at the Boot Hill quarry from 8-4 and meet Dr. Bruce Archibald (Simon Fraser University). Dr. Archibald is a paleo-entomologist, which is the study of ancient insects. His dedication has been invaluable to Stonerose for many years, and he has made many exciting discoveries.

Later Saturday, join us at the Freckles' Gourmet between 5:00 and 7:00 for a social hour, silent auction, and dinner on your own. From 7:00-8:00, Dr. Bruce Archibald will present "The surprisingly diverse and plentiful Eocene damselflies of the Okanagan Highlands: preliminary results" The presentation is free.

Saturday and Sunday take in one of three guided fossil digs with fossil hound, Gregg Wilson! This unique opportunity to dig in the "Corner Lot", a site reserved for researchers, will cost $40 per person and include instruction, excavation, a snack and identification of fossils found. Per Stonerose policy, each digger will be allowed to keep three of the fossils that they find! You must preregister for the guided dig, as space is limited.
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West Virginia

bulletNew River Gorge National River

October 14th, 10AM - 4PM

The National Park Service and US Forest Service (Monongahela National Forest) will be setting up a display about fossils in West Virginia and the New River Gorge.

 

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Wisconsin

What's going on in your state? Contact your local museums or geologic sites, and share what you find—email national_fossil_day@nps.gov. Get involved by helping to host an event for the next Fossil Day celebration!

 

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Wyoming

bulletFossil Butte National Monument

October 12th, 2016, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Ranger Led Tours of Fossil Butte's Outside Timeline of Earth's History 10am and 2pm (these will last 30-45 minutes each)

Learn the Art of Fossil Preparation
1030am-130pm
Park staff will train participants in the use of a microscope, air scribe and air abrasive tools.
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bulletTate Geological Museum

October 15th, 2016, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
125 College Dr, Casper, WY 82601

We will have our annual National Fossil Day open house on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Join us for cookies, games, a peek at the progress on our new Rex Annex, face painting, door prizes and fun activities such as panning for minerals, creating a saber-tooth book mark and Make & Take Fossil Casting. We will have local author, Arnold Woods, on hand to sign copies of his newest edition of "The Dinosaurs of Wyoming". Also, the first 100 kids can take home their very own Wyoming fossil ID kit. Don't forget to bring your rocks and fossils for identification at our Fossil Road Show!
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More to come...

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

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Last Updated: October 11, 2016