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National Fossil Day 2016 Events

To add your organization's National Fossil Day event to this page, please email 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.

Events by State:

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To view past years NFD events for ideas and inspiration, please visit our event archive pages | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 |


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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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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bulletArizona State University

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bulletGlen Canyon NRA

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bulletGrand Canyon National Park

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bulletPetrified Forest National Park

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bulletDiscovery Museum Science & Space Center

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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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bulletNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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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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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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bulletBlack Canyon of the Gunnison

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bulletDenver Museum of Nature and Science

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bulletDinosaur Ridge

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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 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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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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bulletFlorida Paleontological Society


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

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bulletTampa Bay Fossil Club and Florida Aquarium

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bulletKa'u Learning Academy

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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.

$8.00 ADULTS
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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

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bulletNational Geographic in Chicago

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bulletSouth Suburban Earth Science Club and Prairie State College

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bulletFort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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bulletThomas Stone National Historic Site

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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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bulletMichigan Mineralogical Society

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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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bulletMississippi National River and Recreation Area

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bulletScience Museum of Minnesota

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bulletDunn-Seiler Geology Museum at Mississippi State University

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bulletMississippi Museum of Natural Science

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bulletBollinger County Museum of Natural History

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bulletThe Museum of the Rockies

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bulletThe University of Montana Paleontology Center

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bulletAgate Fossil Beds National Monument

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bulletUniversity of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall

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Northern Mariana Islands


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

New Jersey

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New Mexico

bulletChaco Culture National Historical Park

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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)


  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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bulletPenn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center

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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 between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm

The Imagination Station Science & History Museum will be hosting a National Fossil Day event on October 12th between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the museum.

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North Dakota

bulletFargo Public Library

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bulletGrand Forks Public Library

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bulletNorth Dakota Geological Survey

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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 To reserve a free spot, call 614/728-2130 or
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bulletCincinnati Museum Center

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bulletCuyahoga Valley National Park

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bulletFriends of Big Bone

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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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bulletDelaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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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)

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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

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

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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bulletBadlands National Park

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bulletGray Fossil Site

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bulletMcClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

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bulletDallas Paleontological Society

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bulletDinosaur Valley State Park

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bulletDallas Zoo

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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

bulletMineral Wells Fossil Park

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bulletPaleontological Society of Austin

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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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bulletWaco Mammoth Site

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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 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 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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Virgin Islands


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

bulletC&O Canal National Historical Park

details pending...

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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bulletDinosaur Discovery Museum

details pending...

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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
Park staff will train participants in the use of a microscope, air scribe and air abrasive tools.
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bulletTate Geological Museum

details pending...

bulletUniversity of Wyoming Geological Museum

details pending...

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More to come...

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

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Last Updated: September 28, 2016