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National Fossil Day 2011 Events Archive

NPS fossil activity at University of Colorado's STEMapalooza
Fossil education activity at the University of Colorado's STEMapalooza exhibit hall. Photo by NPS.

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bulletBirmingham Paleontological Society

Monday, October 10, 2011. The Birmingham Paleontological Society will have a special fossil display set up at the McWane Science Center (200 19th St North, Birmingham, AL). This event will coincide with a school group day at the museum.

bulletGeological Survey of Alabama

Event Name: Fossils of the Black Belt Public
Contact: David Kopaska-Merkel
Date & Time: Oct. 18, 2011, 8 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Livingston, Alabama & vicinity
Event Description: Field workshop for teachers (includes laboratory component). Participants must register in advance. Participants collect and identify Cretaceous marine fossils of West-Central Alabama, such as mosasaur bones, shark teeth, gastropods, and giant oysters. Attendees also receive free books and other educational materials, including the full-color book "Lost worlds in Alabama rocks." A small fee is charged.

A 1-day workshop in paleontology (the study of fossils) for elementary to high school science teachers (both in-service and pre-service). The workshop will help integrate real earth science into curricula. Participants will be better able to recommend meaningful science-fair projects in earth science and to assist students with them. Objectives:

  • - Participants will learn about fossils and geology, so they will be more comfortable teaching these subjects.
  • - Participants will learn about sites that can be visited by classes, or used to provide material for classes.
  • - Teachers will make fossil kits for classroom use.
  • - Teachers will get the book Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks, a major resource for teaching the geology and geologic history of Alabama, 3 Discovering Alabama DVDs (Geologic History of Alabama, Tracks Across Time, and Black Belt Part I) & more.
  • - This course supports Alabama Course of Study/Science Processes & Applications in all grades, high school Geology & Earth & Space Science electives, and life-science concepts at all grade levels.
  • - Alabama is one of the best places in the world for fossil collecting. In an area the size of England, Alabama has well-preserved fossils of almost every age. Paleontologists come from all over to collect in Alabama.
  • - The workshop begins at the University of West Alabama, where participants learn basic geologic field techniques. Next, they visit 2 or more fossiliferous outcrops near Livingston. Fossils include oysters, other bivalves, snails, bryozoa, worm tubes, and shark teeth. If very lucky, someone might find remains of sea turtles or a mosasaur (a giant sea lizard). Back at UWA, participants will identify and label fossils that were collected that morning, making kits they will take back to their schools.



bulletAlaska Public Lands Information Center (Anchorage)

Come and watch the film When Dinosaurs Roamed America's National Parks at the Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center on October 12. For more information about fossil activities at Alaska Public Lands Information Centers, visit

bulletGlacier Bay National Park

Event Name: Park Fossils Show and Tell
Date & Time: October 12
Location: Glacier Bay National Park Headquarters Event
Description: Gustavus school kids will be visiting park headquarters to meet with the park's curator and examine the park's collection of fossils.

bulletThe Pratt Museum (Homer)

Celebrate National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week at the Pratt Museum with local experts Geoff Coble and Lee Post. Bring your fossils to be identified or to share with the community. Saturday October 15, 12:00-3:00pm, Lower-level Gallery. For more information visit


bulletGlen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Park - will host event activities on October 8 at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Glen Canyon NRA from 9-noon. A local artist will help participants make clay dinosaurs with cutouts and freeform, and will provide instruction in watercolor using our Therizinosaur skeleton as a model. Other activities will likely include a faux dino bone dig, making dinosaur hats, and making fossil casts.

bulletGrand Canyon National Park

Event Name: Earth Science Week and National Fossil Day
Public Contact: Allyson Mathis, Science and Education Outreach Coordinator, at (928) 638-7923, or Donna Richardson, Deputy Chief of Interpretation at (928) 638-7835
Event Description: Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate Earth Science Week and National Fossil Day by offering a variety of special programs and events during the week of October 9–15, 2011.

    Daily Fossil Walks will be offered from Sunday, October 9 through Saturday, October 15.
    Fossil Walks begin at 10:00 a.m., meet at the patio behind Bright Angel Lodge and will visit a fossil bed containing the remains of a variety of marine organisms exposed near the rim of Grand Canyon. The programs will last approximately one hour and include an easy 1/2 mile walk.

    Ranger evening programs offered during the week will be on the earth sciences. Evening Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour and are presented in the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium. Topics include the geology of the canyon, the age of Grand Canyon rocks, caves, and weather.

    On Tuesday, October 11, the park will celebrate No Child Left Inside Day as part of Earth Science Week by offering a special family-oriented Fossil Walk at 4:30 p.m., meeting on the patio behind Bright Angel Lodge.

    The Junior Paleontologist Program, a self-guided activity booklet for kids ages 5 through 12, will also be available at Park Headquarters and Visitor Centers.

bulletMuseum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona will hold an event on October 8th as part of the family programming series "Discovery 2nd Saturdays".

bulletPetrified Forest National Park

There are a number of activities scheduled for National Fossil Day, Wednesday, October 12!
Park staff will be conducting a guided hike in an area called the "Clam Beds" as well as behind the scenes tours of the paleontology laboratory and museum collections. The laboratory tours will focus on how fossils are collected, cleaned, and entered into the park museum collection for preservation and future study. Participants will be able to view the fossil bones of a variety of ancient animals that lived in the area during the time of the dinosaurs.
The guided hike will briefly discuss the local geological history, as well as visit areas normally closed to the public. Participants will learn about the Late Triassic landscape and its inhabitants, as well as experience how fossils are discovered and collected.
The hike is considered moderately strenuous with a total distance of approximately 1 mile, beginning from the Rainbow Forest Museum at 10:00am.
For more information, visit:
The lab and collections tours will meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center:
9:30 to 10:30 am
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
1:00-2:00 pm
2:30-3:30 pm


bulletArkansas Geological Survey

The Arkansas Geological Survey will observe Earth Science Week 2011 and National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 12. The event includes a presentation on the rock formations around The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murphreesboro, Arkansas. After the presentation there will be an opportunity for participants to dig for diamonds. After lunch, the group will proceed to two Cretaceous fossil localities. Ostrea franklini can be found in the Dierks Member of the Trinity Formation in the Lower Cretaceous, and Ostrea falcatta and Gryphaea can be found in the Marlbrook Marl which is in the Lower Cretaceous.

bulletUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is having an open house Saturday, October 15 in the science building, where many fossils (real and casts) will be on display, not only from our collections, but from other institutions as well. Experts will be on hand for discussions and to answer questions. It is open to the public from 9-2 or until people leave. There will also be teacher workshops and a public lecture on fossils at the main library taking place later in the day. Information on these activities will be available at the open house. All the events will count for teacher professional development hours. For more information visit:

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bulletAnza-Borrego Desert State Park

Stout Research Center Paleontology Laboratory and Collection Hall Open October 22nd and 23rd
Date: Saturday, October 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, October 23, 9 a.m.- noon
Meet: ABDSP Visitor Center (Groups leave every half hour)
Jaws:Secret Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert will be on display at our Open House at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® celebrating National Fossil Day and the secret treasures in the Stout Research Center. Our fantastic collection of Jaws will be exhibited. Visitors will find out what we can learn about environments from fossils—especially teeth. The microchemistry of fossil teeth holds secrets waiting to be discovered. Many of these fossils have never been shown and will include carnivores, herbivores and omnivores that inhabited this region over the past 5 million years. Both our Paleontology Preparation Laboratory and Collection Hall will be open and volunteers from the Paleontology Society will be your guides. For more information about the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® paleontology and geology, visit us at

bulletNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Saturday, October 8th from 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM. In the format of our "Curator's Cupboard" program, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will have staff from Vertebrate Paleontology, Dinosaur Institute, Invertebrate Paleontology, and Malacology with tables of specimens throughout our halls (New Dino Hall, Age of Mammals, and Rotunda). Our scientists will have a show-and-tell of specimens from behind-the-scenes and be available to talk and interact with the public one on one. This will be presented with an emphasis on conservation/preservation of specimens found on public lands to better understand the past so it will help guarantee our future resources. We will also have our Junior Scientist program at NHM happening simultaneously - classes will be at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.

bulletThe Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits

Saturday, October 8th from 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM. At the Page Museum, we will have Vertebrate Paleontology represented with tables with specimens demonstrating the diversity of fossils recovered from the La Brea Tar Pits. Additional programming is pending...

bulletSan Bernardino County Museum

San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, California: National Fossil Day, Wednesday October 12, 2011:
9 am until 5 pm.
In celebration of National Fossil Day, geological sciences curators will offer sneak peek tours of the brand new paleontology exhibits in the San Bernardino County Museum's Hall of Geological Wonders. Ice Age fossils from southern California's inland valleys demonstrate the effects of climate change and the process of fossilization in the new exhibit Life to Death to Discovery. New exhibits on plate tectonics and earth processes provide keen insight into both the Earth and how scientists investigate its inner workings. Be among the first to see our new vision for the Hall of Geological Wonders.

bulletSan Joaquin Valley Paleontological Foundation and the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Event Name: Celebrate National Fossil Day!
Public Contact: Blake Bufford
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 19450 Avenue 21 1/2, Chowchilla, CA
Event Description: Come join us at the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County for National Fossil Day! We will have tours of the museum and the "Pleistocene Pond", Mock Digs, a visit from a special animal from the Chaffee Zoo, and more! We are also celebrating our first year anniversary. Please join us for a great day at the Museum!

bulletUniversity of California Museum of Paleontology

Event Name: East Bay Science Café: Astronomy and Evolution: From the Death of the Dinosaurs to the Stardust in Your Bones
Public Contact:
Date & Time: November 2, 2011; 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Café Valparaíso at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Event Description: Almost 14 billion years ago, the Big Bang created the seeds of our present-day Universe. Modern astronomers use telescopes and computers as time-machines, compressing millions of years of history into the blink of an eye to study the inexorable forces at work during that process. Material from space—the complex organic molecules necessary for life—has rained down upon our planet for billions of years. The history of life on Earth is unequivocally tied to the stars. Drs. Steve Croft and David Lindberg will discuss the interconnection between astronomy and evolution in this informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues.

Event Name: Who lived here before the Giants?
Public Contact:
Date & Time: November 5, 2011
Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Event Description: AT&T Park may now be home to the San Francisco Giants, but let's go back in time—waaay back. Graduate students from the University of California Museum of Paleontology will share fossil evidence of some of the much earlier inhabitants of the Bay Area—just one of many activities of the 2011 Bay Area Science Festival and National Fossil Day!

bulletWestern Science Center

Event Name: Science Saturday: Earth Science
Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet CA
Event Description: Hands-on activities, games and demonstrations bring kids together with WSC educators and experts, and bring concepts of geology and paleontology to life. Science Saturdays are always free.

Event Name: Mammothfest
Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Location: 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet CA
Event Description: Our annual birthday celebration has entertainment, games, and fun activities for all!

Event Name: Be the Dinosaur exhibit opening
Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Location: 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet CA
Event Description: This special exhibit gives you a dinosaurs-eye view of the Mesozoic, showing how they lived and interacted with their world. (Included with regular museum admission).

Event Name: National Fossil Day
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2011.
Location: 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet CA
Event Description: Museum paleontologists will be on the floor with special demonstrations of the fossil preparation tools and techniques used at the museum.

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bulletBureau of Land Management (BLM) areas

BLM will be hosting events on several days in several locations. For up-to-date event information, visit:

Saturday, Oct. 8, Canon City, CO:The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO) with the Dinosaur Depot Museum and the Garden Park Paleontology Society will be hosting special activities. These will tentatively include tours, an historic dinosaur talk at the Marsh Quarry in the Garden Park Fossil Area (ACEC/NNL/RNA/NA), an historic downtown talk/tour, and other visitor activities at the Dinosaur Depot Museum, including a paleontology magic show. Hosting these events will be Melissa Smeins (BLM RGFO Geologist/Paleo Coordinator), Dan Grenard (retired BLM Geologist/ Paleo Coordinator), and Harley Armstrong (BLM Regional Paleontologist).

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 11 & 12, Fruita, CO:The BLM McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA), Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) together with the National Park Service and Museum of Western Colorado (MWC) will be hosting special activities in and near the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, CO. Hosting these events will be, among others, Rebecca Hunt-Foster (MWC Paleo Collections Manager), John Foster (MWC Curator of Paleo), MCNCA staff, and Harley Armstrong (BLM Regional Paleontologist).

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 (10 AM to 2 PM): School groups will get a chance to hike around the FPA trail and they will learn how dinosaur tracks are made. Admission to the museum is $1 per student.
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 (2:30 to 5PM): Come to the museum to participate in a coloring contest, watch a fossil video, and participate in "Ask a Paleontologist." Open to the public at regular admission prices.

bulletColorado National Monument

Event Name: National Fossil Day
Public Contact:
Date & Time: Throughout October
Location: Fruita & Grand Junction, Colorado
Event Description: Jr. Paleontologist books are available at the Visitor Center the entire month of October. In addition, rangers will be partnering with the Museum of Western Colorado and the BLM hosting school groups and public on October 11-12 at the Dinosaur Journey Museum.

bulletCurecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Public Contact: Ellen Petrick: 970-641-2505 Ext:203
Event Description: Between October 15 and 23, families are invited to stop at the Elk Creek Visitor Center at Curecanti, or the South Rim Visitor Center at the Black Canyon to view examples of dinosaur bones and petrified wood found in both parks. Free Junior Paleontologist booklets are available, for children ages 5-12, with a Junior Paleontologist badge to be recieved upon completion.
Visitor Center hours are from 8:00AM to 4:00PM at Curecanti, and 8:00AM to 5:00PM at Black Canyon.

bulletDenver Museum of Nature and Science

Event Name: National Fossil Day
Public Contact:
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 9am-5pm
Location: 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205
Event Description: Celebrate National Fossil Day 2011 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Visit Prehistoric Journey and say hello to your favorite fossil! Wander prehistoric habitats and examine ancient plants and animals. Stop by Museum Touch Carts and touch real fossils from ancient seas, dinosaurs, mammoths and more. Visit the Schlessman Family Laboratory of Earth Sciences in Prehistoric Journey and see fossils being prepared by Museum staff and volunteers. Dig at Dinosaur Gulch and check out fun dinosaur crafts, songs and storytimes in the Museum's Discovery Zone. And come face-to-face with the moving, roaring prehistoric icon, Tyrannosaurus rex, in our immersive bilingual (English/Spanish) new temporary exhibition, T. rex Encounter.

Event Name: Cretaceous Dinosaur Carnival
Public Contact:
Date & Time: Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 from 10am-4pm
Location: 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205
Event Description: Experience a weekend of dinosaur family fun. Visit our new temporary exhibition, T. Rex Encounter, and enjoy dinosaur fun throughout the Museum. Dig for cast dinosaur fossils in our dig pits, play dinosaur themed carnival games, learn how to draw dinosaurs at Art Station: Dinosaur, make your own dinosaur costume and parade around in our Mesozoic March, check out Mr. Bones and his life-size dinosaur skeleton puppets and more. Included with Museum admission.

bulletDinosaur Depot Museum

Event Name: National Fossil Day Celebration 2011
Public Contact: Jon P. Stone
Date & Time: October 8, 2011 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 330 Royal Gorge Blvd, Canon City, CO
Event Description: A full day of activities are planned to celebrate National Fossil Day for people of all ages starting with a free day at the Museum. Kids will be able to make footprints and dinosaur masks. A limited number of fossil extraction kits will be available to discover what is hidden in the rocks. Tours will be available at local fossil sites, downtown buildings, and the gravesite of Amanda and Marshall Felch, the local rancher that recovered most of the signficant fossils for Othniel Marsh. The Great Harlini (Harley Armstrong, BLM State Paleontologist) will perform Dinosaur Magic. New podcasts and web site updates featuring the Garden Park Fossil Area also be highlighted. See the Museum's website for detailed schedule information - look for the National Fossil Day link.

bulletFriends of Dinosaur Ridge

Event Name: Dinosaur Discovery Day: National Fossil Day
Public Contact:
Date & Time: Saturday, October 8, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO 80465
Event Description: Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for the free National Fossil Day celebration. Guides will be stationed at the world-famous track site and other fossil sites on the Dinosaur Ridge Trail. At the Visitor Center activities include free admission to Trek Through Time, a fossil identification table manned by paleontologists, the Allosaurus boulder, the life-size Iguanodon, a dinosaur dig for kids, sifting for microfossils, fossil prepping, and dinosaur track painting with a free track to take home. Several other activities and booths will be associated with Earth Science Week and International Astronomy Day including gold panning, solar observing, searching for iron meteorites, and telling time with a sundial. Register for door prizes and try the scavenger hunt.
Girl scouts must register at

bulletFlorissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will celebrate National Fossil Day on Sunday, October 16. Activities include:

    11:00 Ranger Guided Hike on the Petrified Forest Loop

    1:00 - 3:00 Visit the Fossil Lab

    Junior Paleontologist and Junior Ranger program offered all day!

bulletMorrison Museum


bulletMuseum of Western Colorado and Dinosaur Journey Museum

A coloring contest is being held for children ages 2-14. Coloring sheets can be picked up at Dinosaur Journey, Museum of the West or Colorado Baby. Coloring Contest sheets may also be found on our website at
Please note: All entries must be received by October 10, 2011.

On October 11, the Museum of Western Colorado, along with the Colorado National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management, will host 4th grade classes from local elementary schools. This fun-filled day will involve a field trip to the Fruita Paleontological Area for a hike and fossil activities at the Dinosaur Journey Museum.

There will be special activities for kids of all ages on October 12 from 2:30–5:00 pm at Dinosaur Journey.
---The public will have the opportunity to speak with our staff paleontologists, try their aim at a bean bag toss, have their fossils and rocks identified and also learn more about our local fossils. Representatives from Colorado National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management will also be on hand to discuss the paleontological and geological treasures from our area.
---Visitors will be given a sneak peak during our laboratory tour, which will focus on how fossils are collected, cleaned and entered into the museum collection for preservation and future study. Participants will be able to view the fossil bones of a variety of ancient animals that lived in the area during the time of the dinosaurs. Lab tours will take place from 3:00-3:30 pm and 3:30-4:00 pm.
---A talk by Dr. John Foster, Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of Western Colorado, on Dinosaurs from the Grand Valley will be given at 4 pm. The National Fossil Day event will be concluded with an unveiling of Dinosaur Journey's new "top secret" exhibit and the announcement of our coloring contest winners.
---These events are included in the admission fee.

For more information, call ReBecca Hunt-Foster at (970) 858-7282.

bulletUniversity of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Event Name: Trilobite Cookies for National Fossil Day
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Backyard - Outside the North Entrance
Event Description: Celebrate National Fossil Day with us by decorating a trilobite cookie, while you learn a bite about these cool creatures that crawled on earth 500 million years ago! Free!

bulletWestern Interior Paleontological Society

The Western Interior Paleontological Society's (WIPS) October meeting will be a "Celebration of National Fossil Day" at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, in Ricketson Auditorium. On Monday, October 3 at 7 p.m., members will "show and tell" what they found during their summer field trips and foraging. The public is encouraged to attend. WIPS is a Denver-based non-profit organization dedicated to scientific, educational and charitable activities relating to paleontology. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in fossils and the earth-sciences—from the novice to professional. For more information about the October 3rd event, visit

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bulletYale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Event Name: Earth Science Day
Date & Time: Monday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Event Description: This October, Earth Science Week will engage people around the world in learning about the natural processes that shape our planet. This year's theme, "Our Ever-changing Earth," gives us the opportunity to take a closer look at the tectonic forces involved in the many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the last few years, along with other interesting and exciting ways our planet is changing. In celebration of National Fossil Day, you'll also have a chance to consider the ways living organisms have changed over time, evidenced by our phenomenal collection of animal and plant fossils. Learn about these geologic processes through expert-led demonstrations and activities, and have the chance to touch rocks, minerals and fossils, watch stones being polished, play games, make crafts and more! Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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District of Columbia

bulletNational Mall and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Join the National Park Service and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall for the National Fossil Day Kick-Off Event on October 12 from 10am-2pm. Join the National Park Service, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and other National Fossil Day partners for a day of fossil fun on the National Mall!
Visit the National Mall event page for more information.

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bulletFlorida Geological Foundation

Event Name: 2011 Florida Fossil Hunters Annual Fossil, Mineral, and Gem Show.
Public Contact: Paul R. Roth III
Date & Time: October 8th & 9th, 2011
Location: 2011 Florida Fossil Hunters Annual Fossil, Mineral, and Gem Show. Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, Florida
Event Description: National Fossil Day Info Table and Raffle for NFD T-shirts and NFD Medallion.

bulletFlorida Museum of Natural History

Event Name: Fall 2011 Thomas Farm fossil dig
Public Contact: Richard Hulbert,
Date and Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21-30; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11-20
Location: Thomas Farm; Gilchrist County, Florida
Event Description: The Florida Museum of Natural History is seeking volunteers to work with Florida Museum staff and students at a fossil dig at the Thomas Farm site in Gilchrist County, Florida. The Museum will host two 10-day digs at the site, which formed about 18 million years ago. No previous experience is necessary and the Museum will provide training to those who needed it. Volunteers must be 15 years old as of Oct. 21, 2011 to participate. Visit our website for more details.

Event Name: Visit the Hall of Florida Fossils
Public Contact: Paul Ramey,
Date and Time: October 12 and every Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
Location: SW 34th Street and Hull Road, The Cultural Plaza, Gainesville, Florida
Event Description: Drawing upon the museum's internationally acclaimed fossil collections, the "Hall of Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land" encapsulates the last 65 million years of Earth's history (since the extinction of the dinosaurs), using the Florida Platform as the stage on which this fascinating story is told. Over 90 percent of the exhibit's 500 fossils are real, and many were found within 100 miles of Gainesville. For more information, a 360-degree view of the hall, and Charles Knight paintings see:

bulletTampa Bay Fossil Club and Florida Aquarium

The Tampa Bay Fossil Club will host National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 8 at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. If you've ever wondered what kind of animals used to roam and swim around Florida, stop by and find out. Talk with Tampa area collectors and see the skulls and bones they have found. You can even touch and examine some specimens. Learn about these aquatic wonders alongside their marine cousins in the aquarium.


bulletFernbank Science Center

Event Name: Earth Science Day
Public Contact: Rick Spears
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15 from noon to 5:00 pm
Location: 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307
Event Description: The Fernbank Science Center will host Kylie Ferguson, the discoverer of a fossil cat skull from Badlands National Park We will have a graphic panel display about the story of her find and a case display with casts of fossil cats. In addition to Kylie, we will have other fossil presentations, fossil displays, fossil cast painting, shark-tooth dig, face painting, door prizes, and a paleo art contest for students in our local school system.

bulletGeorgia College

Georgia College will celebrate National Fossil Day on October 12 at 9:00am at the Natural History Museum, Herty Hall in Milledgeville. For more information: Phone: (478) 445-2395 Email:



bulletHagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Hagerman Fossil Beds will celebrate on October 15, with special paleontology activities from 1-3pm.
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bulletIdaho Museum of Natural History

Idaho Museum of Natural History (Pocatello) will host Fossil Identification Day on Wednesday, October 12, and will also feature new components to their fossil exhibits, including Utahceratops and a new featured exhibit for Arctodus simus. Stay tuned for plans to open a 30' long Heliocoprion exhibit with artist Ray Troll. For more information, visit

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bulletIllinois State Museum

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Special programs will include fossil-related hands-on activities and crafts. Museum Docents will be available to answer your questions. Free and open to the public.
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bulletChildren's Discovery Museum

Stop by the Innovation Station and become a Jr. Paleontologist for the day! Get your hands dirty as you look at real fossils, dig in our dinosaur excavation unit and clean real dinosaur bones. Wednesday, October 12 at 10:00am. For information about Museum hours, admission, directions and special events, visit our website at or call 309-433-3444.

bulletEarth Science Club of Northern Illinois

Event Name: ESCONI Paleontology Study Group Celebrates National Fossil Day!
Public Contact: John Good,
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 7:30
Location: College of Dupage, Building K, Room 161, Glen Ellyn, Illinois Event
Description: Bring your fossils for identification! We will have fossil experts on hand to answer all your questions. In addition, we will have special Mazon Creek fossil displays. Free and open to the public.

Event Name: Paleontological Building Stone Tour of Michigan Avenue
Public Contact: Peter Kaplan
Date & Time: 11:30am 10/12/11
Location: 420 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Event Description: Bedrock is tough to come by in Chicagoland, except in the Loop, where it's exposed everywhere you look -- in architectural form. Ever wanted to know more about all those rock textures and colors you see, and the fossils that live within them? Well then . . . . . . . . . . . JOIN US for the inaugural Paleontological Building Stone Tour of the Chicago Loop. We'll be making stops at notable fossil-bearing building stones in lobbies and exteriors north of the Loop, ending up in Water Tower Place. A self-guided tour handout will also be made available for those who cannot take lunchtime off to look at rocks :) But really, what better to do with your lunchtime hour on NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY than join your fellow paleophiles for a day of celebrating Chicago's unique fossil-architectural legacy? MEET AT 11:30 AT THE MARILYN MONROE STATUE ON MICHIGAN AVENUE JUST NORTH OF THE RIVER. Hope to see you there.

bulletSagawau Environmental Learning Center, Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Event Name: Fossil Hunt
Public Contact: phone: 630-257-2045
Date & Time: October 30th at 1:00 pm
Location: 12545 W. 111th St., Lemont, IL
Event Description: Meet at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center for an introduction to Silurian sea life. We will drive over to the fossil reserve quarry and find evidence of this ancient coral reef. After viewing the fossils exposed in dolomite limestone, individuals may collect fossils in the loose rock. Please leave your picks and hammers at home. Please call to register for this free event: 630-257-2045.

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bulletFalls of the Ohio State Park

Falls Fossil Festival - Falls of the Ohio State Park September 17, 2011 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. & September 18, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Vendors sell fossils, minerals, books, food and jewelry; children's activities, fossil dig, mineral dig, fascinating guest speakers on geology topics, free brochures from almost every fossil park in North America, teachers can sign up and win a 50, 75 or 100 piece geology collection, guided outer and Indiana shore fossil bed hikes, and more! Free rock and fossil identification - bring in your unknowns!
Sponsors: Falls of the Ohio Foundation, Kentucky Paleontological Society and Indiana Society for Paleontology.

bulletIndiana Geological Survey

Event Name: Fossil Day and Scout Night at the IGS
Public Contact: Walt Gray
Date&Time: Wednesday, October 12 from 6:30-8:00pm Location: 611 N. Walnut Grove Avenue; Bloomington, IN 47401 Event Description: This event will provide scouts and interested students the opportunity to learn about Indiana fossils while focusing on goal 5d of the Geology Merit badge requirements.
The cost is free and reservations are required.

bulletWonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology

Discovery Time topic: Fossils
Wednesday, October 12 10:30 - 11:00 am
Audience: preschool children with caregiver Join WonderLab education staff for a story and hands-on science activity about fossils.

Science on the Spot Activity Station:
Fossils in Salem Limestone
Wednesday, October 12 museum open hours (9:30 am - 5:00 pm)
Audience: preschool through adult Visitors can use a special microscope to investigate the diversity of tiny micro-fossils in Salem Limestone, the world-renowned building stone that is quarried in Monroe and Lawrence Counties, and take home a FREE sample of this fossil-rich local treasure.

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bulletEffigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument will lead special fossil-themed hikes to their fossiliferous limestone wall throughout Earth Science Week (October 9-16) for all visitors. Call 563-873-3491 for more information.

bulletUniversity of Iowa Museum of Natural History

Public Contact: Ashlee Gloede -
Date & Time: October 9th, 2011 - 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Macbride Hall, Iowa City, IA
Event Description: Fossil, Rock, & Artifact identification with experts!
Special Presentations: Paleontologists & Geologists discuss their work and how it relates to YOU! Fossil hunt & pterosaur excavation activities Hands-on rock & fossil displays Handouts with resources and science investigations to do at home.


bulletKU Natural History Museum

Organization: The KU Natural History Museum (University of Kansas)
Event Name: What on Earth? Fossils, Rocks and Meteorites
Public Contact:
Date & Time: Sunday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
Event Description: Bring your rocks, fossils and meteorites to the KU Natural History Museum to be identified by our experts. Scientists with specialties in invertebrate and vertebrate fossils, plant fossils and geology will help you find out what your treasures really are. They will also have examples of fossils, rocks and geology on display. While you're here, check out our new exhibit on trilobites, too.

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bulletCalvert Marine Museum

The Calvert Marine Museum will celebrate NFD on October 8 at the Museum during our annual PRAD (Patuxent River Appreciation Days) event. The Department of Paleontology and the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club will participate with exhibits on fossils. In addition to which, the Paleontologists on hand will identify fossils brought to the Museum by members of the public.
Admission to the museum is free during PRAD celebrations!

bulletChesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Students participating in the Williamsport Visitors' Center canal interpretation programs on October 26 and 27 (9:30 am to 1:30 pm) will have a chance to get in on the National Fossil Day action by learning about the geologic and paleontologic history of the region. The paleontology module will be offered in addition to modules about the history and culture of the C&O Canal.

On October 29 (noon to 3:00 pm), the Great Falls Visitors' Center will celebrate the end of the season for canal boat operations. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the paleontology of the C&O Canal and view fossil specimens from the park. This event is open to the public and free with admission to Great Falls.

bulletDinosaur Park (PG County Department of Parks and Recreation)

Organization: Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation
Event Name: Dinosaur Park Open House
Public Contact: Don Creveling
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15th, Noon to 4:00 pm
Location: 13200 block of Mid-Atlantic Boulevard, Laurel, MD 20708
Event Description: Come join paleontologists in discovering Prince George's County's ancient past at Dinosaur Park! Join experienced paleontologists and volunteers on-site to interpret fossil deposits from the Early Cretaceous period about 110 million years ago. Over the last 150 years numerous fossils of dinosaurs, early mammals, and flowering plants have been found at Dinosaur Park. Come visit and participate in finding fossils from dinosaur times! Participants will receive an introduction and orientation to the paleontological and cultural history of Dinosaur Park. A paleontologist and volunteers will introduce participants to park fossil deposits, what is found there, its significance, and provide an opportunity to see, touch, and find fossils. Depending on conditions, activities may include sifting, screening, sorting and searching of fossil bearing clay. These are hands-on activities that involve a moderate amount of work. Clay sifting is somewhat messy and appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes are a must. Admission is free.


bulletHarvard Museum of Natural History

Event Name: National Fossil Day, Celebrating Earth Science Week
Phone Number: 617-495-3045
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 12, 1:00-5:00 pm
Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street (Red Line T to Harvard Square), Cambridge, MA.
Event Description: Join us for a variety of hands-on activities with fossils. Explore the amazing prehistoric world of fossils including trilobites, dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals, and other creatures. Discover how fossils form and investigate fossilized bones, teeth, claws, and footprints. National Fossil Day is offered as part of Earth Science Week, encouraging people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences. Free with museum admission.

bulletMarine and Paleobiological Research Institute

The Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute will celebrate National Fossil Day on Thursday October 13, from 4pm to 7:45pm at the Oak Bluffs Library on Martha's Vineyard. The public is invited to come and mingle with knowlededgeable collectors and to bring fossils that they would like to show and tell, or that need identifying.

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bulletUniversity of Michigan's Exhibit Museum of Natural History

Sunday, October 9th; 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Visitors are invited to bring in objects and collections for identification by experts at the Exhibit Museum's annual ID Day. Experts join us from the fields of paleontology, anthropology, archaeology, botany, zoology, and geology. Visitors may bring in such items as shells; rocks and minerals; invertebrate fossils; arrow heads; shards of pottery; vertebrate bones; insects; skulls; seeds, leaves and twigs; and fish. The event is also fun for visitors who don't have objects to bring in. Learn about the specimens and artifacts in the experts' collections, and find out what surprises other visitors have brought in! Kids will also be able to earn their Jr. Paleontologist badges by participating in the event! Sorry, no appraisals will be given.

bulletMichigan State University Museum

Event Name: National Fossil Day Celebration
Public Contact: 517-355-2370
Date & Time: Sunday, October 9th, 2011 from 1-5 pm
Location: West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824
Event Description: Young paleontologists can examine real fossils and learn about Michigan's geologic past. Special talks and tours planned during the day including a special program at 2 p.m. in the Museum Auditorium: "Dinosaur CSI: Who or What Murdered the Dinosaurs?" by Ralph E. Taggart, professor in the departments of Geological Sciences and Plant Biology at MSU.
Taggart's passion is the reconstruction of ancient environments, weaving fossil studies into realistic snapshots of ancient worlds and the plants and animals that lived in them. One of his favorite case studies involves dinosaurs: these always-captivating creatures dominated life on land for over 150 million years, yet 66 million years ago, all of them, except for birds, disappeared. For many, the obvious suspect in this dinosaur homicide is an asteroid that collided with the Earth at just that time, but murder investigations are rarely that simple. Taggart will take visitors through a network of clues that reveal some totally unexpected "partners in crime".

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bulletDuluth Children's Museum

The Duluth Children's Museum will celebrate National Fossil Day on October 12th from 5-7 pm This event is free and open to the public.
Activities include:
---Dinosaur related crafts
---View a fossil collection from Wyoming
---Learn about fossil preparation
---Dig for dinosaur bones

bulletScience Museum of Minnesota

National Fossil Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Date & Time: Saturday October 22, 2011 1-4 p.m.
Event Description: Free with paid admission! Join us on October 22 as we celebrate Earth Science Week and FOSSILS at the Science Museum of Minnesota. We'll have activities around the museum where museum visitors can learn about Twin Cities fossils, fossil prep, fossil research, trilobites and more. Activities include:
--Observe fossil fish from Green River, Wyoming being cleaned by preparators.
--Learn about fossil zooplankton and diatoms and what they tell scientists about ecosystems.
--Learn about Twin Cities fossils and where you can collect.
--See a world-class collection of trilobites.
--Hear talks about Twin Cities fossils with Park Rangers at the Mississippi River National Park Visitor Center.
--See how a fossil mammoth skull is being prepared.

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bulletDunn-Seiler Geology Museum at Mississippi State University

For this special day the Dunn-Seiler Museum is focusing on the fierce reptilian predator that prowled the ocean waters that covered Mississippi during the Cretaceous Period—the Mosasaur!
As part of the celebration, the Dunn-Seiler Museum is sponsoring a special contest for Mississippi students in grades K-12th. Mosasaurs are now extinct, but we want you to draw a picture or tell a story about a Mosasaur living in Mississippi during the late Cretaceous Period (100–65 million years ago)!

    Art Contest (Categories: grades K-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-12th). Students should draw a picture recreating a Mosasaur living in Mississippi during the Cretaceous Period.

    Writing Contest (Categories: grades 4th-6th and 7th-12th). Students should write an essay or creative short story about the life of a Mosasaur living in Mississippi during the Cretaceous Period. The essay or short story should be 1000 words or less.

    Completed art projects and essays must be turned in by October 7, 2011. Submissions will be judged by our MSU team on creativity and accuracy. Three winners for each grade category (in both art and writing competitions) will be awarded. The top winner in each category will receive a FOSSIL KIT!

We also invite you to visit the Dunn-Seiler Museum during Earth Science Week. Make plans to visit our dinosaur bones, an extinct crocodile, a mosasaur coprolite (fossilized dung)...and much more!
Visit our museum website ( or call (662) 325-3915 for more information about scheduling a tour of the museum.

bulletMississippi Museum of Natural Science

Event Name: Fossil Friday
Public Contact: Megan Sewall, Special Events Coordinator,
Date & Time: Friday, October 14, 2011 10:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: 2148 Riverside Dr. Jackson, MS 39202
Event Description: Come for Fossil Fun on Friday, October 14, 2011 from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. Visit informative stations and make crafts to learn about the fossils of Mississippi. You can even dig up your own, in our red hot fossil pile.


bulletEd Clark Museum of Missouri Geology

Visitors to our museum on National Fossil Day, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 will receive a small Crinoid stem fossil to add to their personal collections. Stop by and learn about the Crinoid, our official state fossil, about collecting Missouri fossils, and other interesting facts about the geology of Missouri in our special exhibits for the event. "Our Ever-Changing Earth," the theme of Earth Science Week 2011, will engage young people and the public in learning about the natural processes that shape our planet over time. The Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology is located in the Buehler Building, 111 Fairgrounds Road.

bulletGeorge Washington Carver National Monument

George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri is kicking off Earth Science Week with a Fossil Hike on Sunday October 9, at 3 p.m.  All ages are welcome to this free program and no registration is required.  Learn about Carver's childhood rock collection and the common fossils we find in Missouri.  Wear rain boots or shoes that can get wet as we will be in the creek to search for fossils.

bulletMastodon State Historic Site

Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Mastodon State Historic Site will celebrate National Fossil Day with activity tables stationed throughout the museum. In addition to the museum activities, the Museum Annex will be open. The Annex features a hands-on activity room for children with a paleontological dig box.
There is a nominal fee for the museum: $4.00 for ages 15 & older and 14 & under is free!

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bulletUniversity of Montana Paleontology Center

National Fossil Day Celebration
Public Contact: Kallie Moore 406.243.5151 or 406.243.5406,
Date & Time: Wednesday October 12, 6-8pm
Location: Clapp Building, University of Montana Campus, Missoula
Event Description: The University of Montana Paleontology Center (UMPC) will host events Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 6-8pm to celebrate National Fossil Day. In addition to celebrating the history of ancient life, National Fossil Day aims to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. Please meet in the atrium outside of lecture hall CHCB 131 for a reception with light refreshments, lectures, tours, kid activities and more. FREE!

bulletThe Museum of the Rockies

Museum of the Rockies will host three types of activities on and around National Fossil Day.

Happy 150th Birthday, Archaeopteryx! Celebrate the naming and discovery of the first feathered bird on Earth on this day, 150 years ago with cake and crafts while learning something new about the world's first bird. Saturday, October 1 from 10am to Noon.

TOURS FOR TOTS (Ages 3-5 years)
Continuing our efforts to introduce preschoolers to the wonders of museum learning, this special series of tours examines a different area of the Museum each month. Each program offers a chance to ask questions and explore with a hands-on activity. Tuesday and Thursday tours meet from 10 to 11 am, and Wednesday tours are from 2 to 3 pm; all in the Redstart Classroom. Tours are free for members and $5 for non-members.

1. Tuesday, October 11
2. Wednesday, October 12
3. Thursday, October 13

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bulletAgate Fossil Beds National Monument

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument welcomes Dr. Robert Hunt, emeritus curator and professor, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Nebraska State Museum. Dr. Hunt will speak at 1:30 on Saturday, October 8th in the visitor center theater. Museum fossil preparator Ellen Stepleton, Dr. Hunt's wife, will explain the recent preparation of a small slab from the Agate bonebed that appears to have come from the edge of the prehistoric waterhole. Ms. Stepleton was instrumental in preparing the fossil reproductions installed Agate Fossil Bed's Visitor Center in 1997.

Ranger-led walks will be offered in the morning of October 8th before Dr. Hunt's talk.

The Junior Paleontologist Activity Book is available for youngsters to work on. They will receive a badge and a special Junior Paleontologist certificate for completing the booklet.

The Oregon Trail Museum Association bookstore in the Agate Fossil Beds Visitor Center is carrying the official National Fossil Day pins, magnets, and postcards. These products, featuring some of the amazing fossils found in this country, are great keepsakes for Fossil Day. Books about fossils, fossil exploration, and The Cook Collection of American Indian Artifacts are also available.

bulletOmaha Children's Museum

Event Name: Paleo Plunge
Public Contact: Sara Sherman
Date & Time: October 12, 11:30 am & 2 pm
Location: 500 S. 20th St. Omaha, NE 68102
Event Description: Join us in our Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age exhibit for special editions of our Paleo Plunge program to celebrate National Fossil Day!

Get ready for an autumn of fun as roaring robotic dinosaurs and ice age mammals invade the museum at the latest traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age. Don't miss archaeological digs in Paleo Camp, serve up some food for the hungriest herbivores and carnivores in the Dino Diner, and survey the dinosaur and ice age kingdom from the Frosty Fortress. Open through January 12, 2012.

bulletUniversity of Nebraska State Museum

The University of Nebraska State Musuem will host a special fossil-themed "Sunday with a Scientist" on October 16th from 1:30 to 4:30pm. The museum's vertebrate paleontology staff will be presenting and identifying fossils:

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bulletLas Vegas Natural History Museum

Event Name: National Fossil Day!
Location: 900 Las Vegas Boulevard N, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Public contact:
Date & Times: Saturday, October 8, 2011
11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.: Make a Fossil Sandwich
12:00–12:40 p.m.: Movie in the Jr. Scientist Club Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure by National Geographic Event Description: Activities are free with paid admission. Junior Scientists can unearth fossils in the hands-on room dig site and learn how fossils are made by making a fossil sandwich. Guests can wander through the museum and get a glimpse of Nevada's State Fossil, the Ichthyosaur, observe Jurassic dinosaur tracks and Ice Age fossils, including a Rhynchotherium skull and Columbian Mammoth teeth and tusks.

bulletProtectors of Tule Springs

The Protectors of Tule Springs will be conducting a free Mammoth fossil and endangered bearpoppy plant walk on Saturday October 22nd at 9am in North Las Vegas. Please contact Jill DeStefano at for more information as to exact meeting place.

New Hampshire

New Jersey

bulletNew Jersey State Museum

Celebrate NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY on Wednesday, October 12 with an "unveiling" of dinosaurs and other spectacular specimens from the Museum's collection

Celebrate SEA MONSTERS DAY on Saturday, October 1, 2011 and Saturday October 22, 2011:

  • - Free Posters all day
  • - Sea Monster shows on the hour, Noon 1, 2, 3, 4
  • - New Jersey State Museum paleontologists will be showing real specimens, identifying natural history objects and answering questions all day.
  • - All Planetarium tickets will be at child rates. $5 all seats (regularly $7 adult; $5 child) all day!
Other special activities scheduled for October 22 include:
  • - Paleontological societies from the region will be showing continuous demonstrations.
  • - For Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts: New Jersey State Museum scientists will present programs about Merit Badge and Interest Patch requirements in Geology and Archaeology.( Inquire for details.)
  • - Special Performances: Science Troubadour Leigh Russ will be performing educational songs for your listening pleasure in free performances during the day.

bulletThe Rutgers Geology Museum

Event Name: National Fossil Day Events
Public Contact:
Date & Time: see list below
Location: 85 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Event Descriptions:

Fossil Hunting! Saturday, October 1st, 2011 - Big Brook Preserve, Colts Neck, NJ and Sunday, October 16th, 2011- Fossil Fern Locality, Saint Clair, PA. Find your own fossils on these guided trips to Saint Clair, PA and the Big Brook Preserve in Colts Neck, NJ with Rutgers University geologists. These sites are famous for their prolific marine (Big Brook) and terrestrial plant (Saint Clair) fossils. Pre-registration is required. Please contact us at for more information.

Late Night at the Museum: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Spend some time after hours at the Rutgers Geology Museum, exploring exhibits and engaging in hands-on discoveries. Rutgers geologists will be leading activities and available to answer questions. Museum will be open till 8pm.

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New Mexico

bulletBureau of Land Management (BLM) areas

BLM will be hosting events on several days in several locations. For up-to-date event information, visit:

As part of the National Fossil Day celebration, BLM's Heritage program takes a look at the amazing educational and scientific opportunities to be found at the BLM's Prehistoric Trackways National Monument located outside Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Prehistoric Trackways National Monument staff will be visiting Desert Hills Elementary School to give students the opportunity to learn about paleontological resources at the monument.

Field trips to the Bisti-De-Na-Zin Wilderness hosted by the Farmington Field Office that highlight the paleontological research and resources of the wilderness will be held during Earth Science Week.

Drop by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque where students will play the role of paleo-illustrators. They will solve mysteries to create a picture of what the world looked like 280 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

bulletCarlsbad Caverns National Park

Event Name: National Fossil Day
Public Contact: For reservations, call Madelaine Hunt at 575-785-3134
Date & Time: Saturday October 8, 2011
Location: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad, New Mexico
Event Description: Are you fascinated by fossils? Then come to Carlsbad Caverns National Park on National Fossil Day, Saturday, October 8, 2011, where park rangers will lead special children’s activities and guided tours. Throughout the day, children can earn a commemorative badge by completing a Junior Paleontologist booklet.
From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., park staff will lead free activities for kids that include digging for "dinosaur bones"!
At 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., park rangers will lead special tours with a focus on fossils and geology. Each tour will last about two hours and include an in depth explanation of how the landscape and caverns formed, a visit to the observation deck above the visitor center, and a guided tour of the Natural Entrance route of Carlsbad Cavern. The trip to the observation deck requires climbing three stories of stairs, and the cave tour is steep and strenuous, not recommended for anyone with health concerns such as, problems with their heart, breathing, knees, back, or diabetes. Participants on these National Fossil Day tours must be at least 12 years old and have a general admission ticket.
General admission costs $6.00 for adults; children 15 and younger are free. The tours are limited to 20 people, so call Madelaine Hunt, Education Assistant, at 575-785-3134 to make a reservation.

bulletMesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum

Public Contact: Kimberly Hanna
Date & Time: Friday, October 14th & Saturday, October 15th
Location: 222 Laughlin, Tucumcari, New Mexico
Event Descriptions:
- Admission to the Museum will be free for children under 12.
- The staff will offer behind the scenes tours of the Dinosaur Museum's Preparation Lab at 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm.
- See the grand opening of our new exhibit: Student Field Discoveries. This exhibit will showcase the newest discoveries from our 2011 Summer Field Classes.

bulletNew Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Adult Class - The Lives and Times of Triassic Amphibians
Celebrate National Fossil Day with this one-session class
Instructor: Larry Rinehart, Senior Preparator, Paleo-prep Laboratory, NMMNHS
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 12, 9 a.m. to noon

Event Description: Picture a ten-foot-long salamander that has fangs and weighs nearly a ton. Amphibians have not always been the toads, frogs, and newts with which we are familiar. During the Triassic of New Mexico and around the world, they often reached heroic proportions and were major players in the local ecosystems.
We will take a look at several populations of these animals that NMMNHS scientists have studied; some from Europe or Africa, and some from within an hour's drive of Albuquerque. We will attempt to answer questions regarding their lifestyle, environment, and behaviors. People often ask, "How do you know all that from a pile of dead bones?" After this class, you will understand how we know what we know about these fascinating animals.
There will be touch specimens for the participants, and a tour of exhibits, the Paleo Prep Lab, and Museum Collections.

Instructor Bio: Larry Rinehart. While working as an electrical engineer at Sandia National Labs, in 1994, Larry Rinehart began volunteering at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and studying paleontology at UNM. In 2003, he retired from Sandia and started working at the Museum. He is currently the Senior Preparator at the Museum, where he organizes and conducts digs, manages the fossil preparation laboratory, and currently is conducting research on fossil amphibians of the Triassic Period.

Event Cost and Registration: $35 (10% discount for Museum members) Pre-registration required. For more information or to guarantee your place in this class, register online, go to
Questions: contact August Wainwright email: call 505-841-2861.

bulletPrehistoric Trackways National Monument

The monoment will be hosting an event for students and staff of Desert Hills Elementary School. The event is not open to the public.

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New York

bulletAmerican Museum of Natural History

Bring your school group to the American Museum of Natural History to study fossils in one of the world's preeminent institutions of paleontology research. On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, in celebration of National Fossil Day, we are hosting a variety of special drop-in activities for school groups at different locations around the museum. Visiting classes will have a chance to engage in hands-on investigations, specimen observation, interactive stations and much more. Please visit the Museum's web site for more about the event and how to register your school group to participate. While you must pre-register your group in order to visit the Museum, no reservations for the special National Fossil Day activities are accepted; all offerings are first-come, first serve.

bulletBuffalo Museum of Science

Event Name: National Fossil Day Activities
Public Contact: Betsy Vazquez /
Date & Time: 10/10/2011 / 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211
Event Description: Learn about fossils via fun hands-on activities.

bulletPaleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth

Event Name: Teacher Resource Day 2011
Public Contact: Johanna Batman, 607-273-6623 x 13
Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 2011 (9AM-1PM)
Location: 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY
Event Description: Celebrate National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week with scientists and educators at Museum of the Earth's Annual Teacher Resource Day, held on Saturday, October 1st! This year: experience our newly renovated science labs and collection facilities; participate in our free fossil & modern specimen giveaway; receive free publications; and preview our newest exhibit "Treasures of Earth: The Nature of Collecting." First 50 receive gift bags; refreshments provided for all.
Contact Johanna Batman ( to RSVP.
Teachers FREE 9am - 1pm; Guests FREE from 9am - 10am.

bulletVassar College's Warthin Museum of Geology and Natural History

Event Name: Special National Fossil Day Lecture
Public Contact:
Date & Time: October 12 at 5:30pm
Location: Ely Hall on the Vassar campus
Event Description: Paleontologist Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian of Temple University in Philadelphia will be giving a public talk titled: "Life from Old Bones: Dinosaur Bones as Revealed by Fossil Microstructure." She will talk about two projects she is currently working on--one that involves polar dinosaurs from Alaska, and the other dealing with bone pathology and reproductive signals in dinosaurs. The talk will take place in the AULA in Ely Hall on Vassar's campus, at 5:30 p.m. It is open to the general public. The museum will also be open for the evening for visitors to check out.

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North Carolina

bulletAurora Fossil Museum

The Aurora Fossil Museum will host a lecture on October 12th in the GB Learning Center Annex at 11:00am. Michael Morris, BA will present "Anthropology and its Link to Pleistocene Fossils." Light refreshments to be served afterward.

bulletThe Discovery Place

Public Contact: 704.372.6261
Date & Time: October 15th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
Event Description: Join us as we welcome collectors from the North Carolina Fossil Club. Other activities include fossil crafts, fossil digs, and presentations on archaeology running all day.

bulletNorth Carolina Museum of Natural Science

Celebrate National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 12 from 10am to 3pm on the museum's 3rd floor. Museum Paleontologists and the NC Fossil Club will have fossils on display, and participants will have the chance to meet live animals and learn how they are linked to fossil ancestors. Our daily animal programs and story time for the public will have the topic of "Ancient Animals" in honor of National Fossil Day (10:30, 11:00, 11:30, and 1:30). There will also be a special lecture: "Dinosaurs on Ice: Hunting for Fossil Vertebrates in the Jurassic of Antarctica" by Nathan Smith at 2:30pm. The museum is located at 11 W. Jones Street in Raleigh. It's FREE!

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North Dakota

bulletFargo Public Library

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Fargo Public Library! Jessie Rock, a geologist in the Geosciences Dept. at North Dakota State University, will provide kids an opportunity to "come and touch the ancient" on Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library. Kids are invited to handle fossils from millions of years ago, and then make one of their own! No registration is required for this event.

bulletNorth Dakota Geological Survey and the State Historical Society of North Dakota

Come help us celebrate the diversity found in fossils as we look for clues to understanding the past. Bring your fossils in for identification and talk with Paleontologists Becky Gould and Jeff Person from 1:00pm to 5:00pm to the Heritage Center Lobby in Bismarck, ND on October 12th!


bulletCincinnati Museum Center

Celebrate National Fossil Day with Cincinnati Museum Center, Museum of Natural History & Science, Duke Energy Children's Museum and Geier Collections and Research Center on October 12.

12 to 12:30 p.m. Insights Lectures presents: "A Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region (Life of the Past)" Dr. David Meyer, Professor of Geology, University of Cincinnati, discusses the Cincinnatian fossil beds of 450 million years ago in Reakirt Auditorium. The lecture is appropriate for 7th grade students and above. A book signing for "A Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region (Life of the Past)" immediately follows the lecture.

Other Activities taking place in the Museum of Natural History & Science:

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fossil Scavenger Hunt - Rock the museum and complete the scavenger hunt to earn points in Nature's Trading Post.

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ask the Geology and Paleontology Experts - See some of the best-detailed fossil collections when you meet and talk with local geology and paleontology experts to learn fascinating fossil information and help identify fossils found in our area.

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Identify Sheridan Pit Materials - Help our collections department sort through Sheridan Pit materials to identify microfossils such as voles, fish, and bird bits using laboratory microscopes in L.I.T.E. Lab. Chart identified microfossils on the smart board to tell the story of local fauna and the environment. Identified microfossils remain the property of Geier Collections and Research Center.

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nature's Trading Post Special! - Bring your favorite fossil to share with Nature's Trading Post staff and receive an additional 300 points for your fossil information and trade.

    11:30 a.m. to Noon Kids Dig! Are you ready for an archeological or paleontological adventure? Then join us in Preschool Sandplay as children 5 and under take part in an excavation.

    1 to 2p.m. What's My Lime? - Spin the wheel and read the clue to identify various products used in everyday life made through or with limestone...the mineral of the coral reef and a natural resource! This activity is appropriate for ages 4 years and older.

    2 to 3 p.m. Make Your Own Fossil - Stop in L.I.T.E. Lab to make your very own Ordovician fossil to take home!

bulletKent State University

Departmental Open House on Saturday October 15, 2011, departmental displays open to the public, "make your own fossil" for kids, scavenger hunts in the department, Em-River river simulator, Geo-Wall, and other labs open to the public.

bulletOhio Geological Survey

Ohio Geological Survey presents the Ohio Statehouse Fossil Tour—Columbus
Friday, October 14, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join experts from The Ohio State University and the Ohio Geological Survey on a geologic tour of the Ohio Statehouse as they discuss the building stones of Capitol Square and look at the structure's fantastic fossil specimens. Visit to discover the other ways the Ohio Geological Survey is celebrating Earth Science Week.

bulletOhio State University - Newark

Ohio State University - Newark Branch (contact Mark Kleffner) Celebrating 2011 National Fossil Day from 12:30-4:00 on October 12. This year the focus of the activity I will be doing on the Lima campus of Ohio State is on fossils of Ohio. I will have a table set up where participants can try and match fossils found in Ohio with some fact(s) about the organism they represent. There will be ten fossils to match up with those details, and the participants that have the most correct matches will win fossils from Ohio. I will also attempt to identify any fossils participants might bring with them.

bulletCollege of Wooster

Dr. Mark Wilson, Geology Professor and Paleontologist, will give a talk on October 20 at 11:00am in Scovel 205, titled "How Fossils Saved Civilization".

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bulletJohn Day Fossil Beds National Monument

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is excited to celebrate National Fossil Day with a special open house at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center! On Wednesday, October 12, as a part of Earth Science Week, the Center will be offering a variety of activities celebrating this event. Learn about Oregon's past with hands on activities for young and old alike and gain a greater appreciation of the fascinating fossils of the Age of Mammals.

    By participating in these activities, which include painting fossil casts and making your own fossil molds, children will be able to earn their very own Junior Paleontologist badge! Special tours of the fossil gallery will be provided as well.

    A highlight of the day will be fossil identification hosted by Josh Samuels. Bring your fossils to learn what they really are!

The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, located 2 miles north of the intersection of Highways 19 and 26, will be hosting this free event. Don't forget your camera so you can take your picture with the Pogonodon.

For information on the event call Ranger Michelle Ordway or Paleontologist Josh Samuels at 541-987-2333. Maps to the monument can be found at Programs at John Day Fossil Beds are always free and open to the public. No reservations required.


bulletCagnegie Museum of Natural History - Bonehunters Quarry

For children 10 and under accompanied by an adult. Free with museum admission. Experience the thrill of hands-on excavation at Bonehunters Quarry, Carnegie Museum of Natural History's interactive fossil dig! Use tools just like paleontologists do in the field and scrape away the simulated earth and rock to reveal realistic fossil mammal or dinosaur casts.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 1-4:30 p.m. *
Thursday, 1-7 p.m. *
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m.

* May also be open weekdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. when not reserved by groups

bulletPennsylvania State Museum

The State Museum will mark National Fossil Day October 12 with public tours of the special paleontology exhibit "Life Through Time," featuring the recently restored Marshall's Creek mastodon at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m., with a special tour for pre-schoolers at 9:45 a.m.
Tours are free with museum admission!

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Rhode Island

bulletMuseum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park

The Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park will be celebrating National Fossil Day with special fossil events and activities from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm on Monday, October 10, 2011. Join Museum educators at activity stations throughout the Museum to discover some of the fossils from our collections. Special fossil-themed scavenger hunts and craft activities will also be available. Bring in your own fossils to have them identified by the Museum's paleontology curator. After the program, stay for a special planetarium show at 2:00 pm. All activities are free with Museum admission. For more information, please go to

South Carolina

bulletSouth Carolina State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum — See how fossils are prepared for display! The Museum will have a specimen set up to prepare in the dedicated lab space in the natural history gallery. Visit for more information

South Dakota

bulletThe Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

October 12, 2011. Activities are free with regular paid admission.

  • "Ice Age" Coloring and art contest (mixed media, cardboard, Paper Mache, etc.) - Preschool, Grades K-5, Grades 6-12, and adult - prizes will be awarded.
  • Prehistoric antique road show. Patrons may bring rocks and fossils to the museum to be identified by Dr. Larry Agenbroad (9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m)
  • Lecture regarding Giant short-faced bear research "Goldilocks and the Five Bears: How a Handful of Very Different Bruins Shared Ice Age America" by Don Esker and "My, what a big nose you have! Arctodus simus and the power of smell" by Justin Wilkins (1 and 7 p.m.)
  • "Make your own plaster cast of the surface of a mammoth tooth" (on the hour 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.)
  • Learn about The Mammoth Site's "Adopt a Fossil" program

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bulletBig South Fork National River and Recreation Area

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is featuring a display of some fossils common to the Cumberland Plateau at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center. Park Rangers at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center will present a special program about fossils on Saturday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time).
Children will have the opportunity to earn their Junior Ranger Paleontologist Badge and have an opportunity to make their very own "fossil". Visitors to the Blue Heron Mining Community will have the opportunity to learn more about the important role that coal, a true fossil fuel, played in the history of the Big South Fork. For additional information about these opportunities to learn about fossils and the Big South Fork, call 423 286 7275.

bulletETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site

The ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site will celebrate National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 8th.

The museum will offer a chance for visitors to go "behind-the-scenes" in the Paleontology Lab and Collections Area at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Visitors can also try their hand at finding micro fossils-- both marine specimens from Aurora, N.C., and Miocene-aged fossils from the Gray Fossil Site, at picking stations throughout the day.

The "Create-a-Cast" program, allowing visitors to take home their very own plaster fossil cast will be offered free of charge at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Resin-casting demos will also be shown in the Basler Exhibit Hall Lab, showing how plastic casts are created for museum displays.

At 3 p.m., Dr. Michael Whitelaw, Geologist and Associate Professor of Geology at ETSU, will present a free talk titled "What's in a Fossil Name?" in the Eastman Credit Union Multi-Media Classroom.

The ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum is located 1.8 miles from the I-26 Gray Exit 13. For information on the museum or the National Fossil Day event, call toll-free 866-202-6223 or visit


bulletArlington Archosaur Site

The Arlinton Archosaur Site is planning an open public fossil-fest event called Archosaur Park that will be timed with National Fossil Day.

On October 15th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, the site will be teaming up with the Dallas Paleo Society to host many activities including tours of this great site, mock excavations in a sandbox seeded with fossils, screening for micro-fossils, demonstration of fossil prep work, fossil identification, displays of tools used in fossil collecting and some great material the group has found in Texas over the years.
Visit for more information.

bulletBig Bend National Park

Event Name: "Fossils of Big Bend National Park: A Lost World Revealed"
Public Contact:
Date & Time: Sunday, October 9th, 8:00 PM
Location: Chisos Basin Amphitheater, Big Bend National park, TX.
Event Description: Sunday, October 9th, 8:00 PM Special Evening Program - "Fossils of Big Bend National Park: A Lost World Revealed"
Please join us for a special program celebrating National Fossil Day as we welcome back Dr. Thomas Lehman, vertebrate paleontologist from Texas Tech University, and long-time researcher of Big Bend’s Cretaceous age fauna. Dr. Lehman will provide an overview of the dinosaurs and environments of the Cretaceous Big Bend. Park Paleontological Technician Steve Wick will be on hand to present a life-sized skull cast of the duck-billed dinosaur Kritosaurus, and to discuss current projects underway in the park.
Bring a flashlight. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour. Chisos Basin Amphitheater.

bulletCentennial Museum at the University of Texas-El Paso


bulletChihuahuan Desert Nature Center

Event Name: Earth Rocks 2011
Public Contact:
Date & Time: October 11th, from approximately 9:00am-2:00pm (possibly 3:00pm depending on the number of students)
Location: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center
Event Description: This years theme for Earth Science Week is "Our Ever-Changing Earth." This theme will be present in the scheduled activity stations ranging from dinosaurs, soils, astronomy, volcanoes, mining, erosion, earthquakes, rain simulation, and many more!

bulletDallas Museum of Nature and Science

Wednesday, October 12, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The Museum of Nature and Science will have fossil-related activities going on in our buildings. This is during the State Fair of Texas and the Museum is on fair grounds. Visitors will need to pay to get in to the fair in order to get in to the event.

bulletDallas Paleo Society

Public Contact: Stephan Gozdecki
Date & Time: 10/15/11 10:00 till 3:00

Location: Heard Museum, McKinney Texas
Event Description: Hey! We will teaming up with the folks at the Heard Museum with many activities, including presentations by two guest speakers, mock excavations in a sandbox seeded with fossils, screening for micro-fossil, demonstration of fossil prep work, fossil identification, displays of tools used in fossil collecting and some great material our group has found in Texas over the years

Location: Mineral Wells Fossil Park, Mineral Wells, Texas
Event Description: We will joining the folks at the Mineral Wells Fossil Park with a number of activities, including collecting at this great site, demonstration of fossil prep work, fossil identification, displays of tools used in fossil collecting and some great material our group has found in Texas over the years

bulletDinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park - Come and join Dinosaur Valley State Park in celebrating the second annual National Fossil Day October 15, 2011 from 1 PM until 3 PM. The celebration will be filled with fun activities that will include:

    Dino Dig: search for dinosaur bones just like a paleontologist

    Dino Excavation Station: Dinosaur nests filled with dinosaur eggs will be on site. Select an egg from the nest for excavate to discover the baby dinosaur inside. Excavation tools will be available.

    Fossil ID: bring fossils from your collection to be identified by Dr. Philip Murry, a professor of Chemistry, Geosciences & Environmental Science Department at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas

    Dinosaur Coloring Packs will be available to take home.

The activities celebrating National Fossil Day are free.

bulletGuadalupe Mountains National Park

Saturday, October 15
Permian Reef Trail Fossil Hike
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Ranger-guided Hike.
Meet at the McKittrick Canyon Contact Station at 9:45 AM.
Hike is 8.4 miles roundtrip, strenuous, with 2000 feet of elevation gain. Bring water (1 gallon per person recommended), food, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and sturdy hiking boots. Weather may change rapidly, so dress in layers.

We will also have the Frijole Ranch History Museum Open from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM, and are planning some children's activities at our visitor center.

bulletHeard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Event Name: National Fossil Day Celebration
Public Contact: Stephanie Jennings,
Date & Time: October 15, 2011; 9AM-5PM
Location: 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX, 75069
Event Description: Presented by the Dallas Paleo Society and the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Featured speakers will include Ed Swiatovy, paleontological advisor to the Sherman Museum and co-author of A Fossil Collector's Guide to the North Sulphur River, and Roger Farish, co-author of The Collector's Guide to Fossil Shark and Rays from the Cretaceous of Texas. Activities will include demonstrations on preparing recovered fossil remains, a "seeded" fossil sand pit with specimens for kids to find and keep, and more.

bulletLadonia Fossil Park

Event Name: Ladonia Fossil Week
Public Contact: PK Kirkpatrick:
Date & Time: October 9 thru 15, 2011
Location: Highway 34 North at North Sulphur River, Ladonia, Texas 75449
Event Description: Ladonia Fossil Park will observe weeklong free access to the North Sulphur River fossil beds daily. The park offers Cretaceous Period and Ice Age fossils for collectors and research. Groups and individuals are invited to visit during the special week. Partnering with the City of Ladonia are the Ladonia Chamber of Commerce, Bois d' Arc Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist, and Dallas Paleontological Society.

On Saturday, October 15th at 9:00am, a workshop for volunteers and docents will be held at Fannindel School in Ladonia, with presentations by the Director of SMU's Museum of Paleontology Dr. Lewis Jacobs and Dallas Paleontological Society's David Hill. The workshop will eventually move into the field at Ladonia Fossil Park. For more information, call City Hall at 903-367-7011 or email PK Kirkpatrick.

bulletMineral Wells Fossil Park

Public Contact: Stephan Gozdecki
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15th 10:00 am till 3:00 pm
Location: Mineral Wells Fossil Park, Mineral Wells, Texas
Event Description: The Dallas Paleo Society will be joining the folks at the Mineral Wells Fossil Park with a number of activities, including collecting at this great site, demonstration of fossil prep work, fossil identification, displays of tools used in fossil collecting and some great material our group has found in Texas over the years!

bulletMuseum of Texas Tech University

Event Name: National Fossil Day
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15th; 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Event Description: Come & go event in conjunction with an exhibition, gallery, or Museum collection. Free!

bulletPanhandle-Plains Historical Museum — Canyon Texas

On October 12, Dr. Jeff Indeck, Chief Curator and Curator of Archeology, Paleontology, Ethnology, Geology and Biology at PPHM, will offer tours through the paleontology gallery for museum visitors at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. The tour is free with museum admission. Dr. Indeck will also conduct special group tours for $15 per person for groups of 20 or more; the price includes regular museum admission as well.

bulletSul Ross State University

Wednesday October 12. Dr. David Rohr of Sul Ross State University Department of Earth and Physical Sciences will be giving a presentation on the geology and paleontology of Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska) on National Fossil Day at Sul Ross (Alpine, Texas). The public and the local schools are invited to attend.

bulletTexas Memorial Museum at Texas Natural Science Center

The Texas Memorial Museum will be hosting a "Family Fossil Fun Day" on Sunday, October 9 1 pm to 4:45 pm.
Fossil identifications, presentations by paleontologists, storytime, fossil dig pit, and paleo-themed crafts and activities. Free admission and free activities! Website:

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 3 pm and 4 pm: Sarahsaurus and the success of dinosaurs—a gallery talk with a Texas Natural Science Center vertebrate paleontologist. (2nd floor, Sarahsaurus exhibit).
Ongoing 1 pm to 4:45 pm: Fossil Identifications and more! Meet with museum paleontologists and members of the Paleontological Society of Austin to learn about the fabulous fossil record of Texas and explore paleontology as a career or hobby. (1st floor, Paleo Lab area) Website:

bulletWaco Mammoth Site

The Waco Mammoth Site will host a National Fossil Day event on Saturday, October 22. We will be combining Fossil Day activities with our Fall Festival, which has now evolved into Fall Fossil Festival!! We will have lots of fun fossil activities for children, our art contest, education stations, along with face painting, pumpkin patch, costume contest and "Tusk or Treat."

bulletThe Witte Museum

The Witte Museum in San Antonio is hosting Family Fossil Day on Saturday, November 5th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Have you ever wondered about a fossil you have found? Bring your fossils and the entire family to this identification day where fossil experts will be on-hand to examine and identify these natural objects. Plus, excavate a miniature dinosaur and learn how to handle fossils in the field. Included with museum admission.

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bulletCleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry (UT) will be celebrating NFD on August 29th, the last day of the 2011 season for the quarry. It will be a fee-free day for all who want to come on out.

bulletEarth Science Education

Event Name: Teachers Trilobite Day
Public Contact:
Date & Time: October 8, 2011 Saturday
Location: U-Dig fossil quarry 50 miles west of Delta, UT
Event Description: The Utah Geological Survey provides sample bags. Earth Science Education provides snacks/sandwiches. Genevieve Atwood, former State Geologist, and other Earth scientists talk geology.
This informal (non-credit) event celebrates Earth Science Week, National Fossil Day, and Utah's remarkable geology. You'll find specimens of very very old (half a billion year old) fossils. The trilobites weather from the shale as though they had always wanted to be in your classroom. Earth scientists will be at the quarry to discuss the geology. Quarry fees are discounted. Consider collecting complete slabs of rock in addition to individual specimens. Slabs weather outside in a few years and sometimes have specimens within.

bulletSt. George Dinosaur Discovery Museum

On October 12, at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site Museum at Johnson Farm, there will be fossil preparation people working in the lab, which is visible to visitors, and guides available for tours and discussions of the world-famous Early Jurassic tracksite. This site now houses the only Scelidosaurus replica in the Americas! In addition to free admission for children under 12 who are accompanied by a parent, there will also be additional fun activities like coloring pages, dino mazes, and word searches.

bulletUtah Geological Survey

Event Name: Earth Science Week Activities at the Utah Geological Survey
Public Contact: Sandy Eldredge
Date & Time: October 11-14
Location: 240 North Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah
Event Description: Observe paleontologists working in the Utah Geological Survey's paleotological lab. Learn about Utah's dinosaurs!

bulletZion National Park

On October 15th, there will be two volunteers from the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Zion National Park to talk about local fossils and show how fossils are prepared.

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bulletUniversity of Vermont Department of Geology and the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust

Saturday, September 17th
The University of Vermont Department of Geology and the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust will be hosting an open house event at the site of the "World's Oldest Coral Reef". There will be guided tours and the museum at the Preserve will be open.
For more information, visit:


bulletThe Virginia Museum of Natural History

Virginia Museum of Natural History
Address: 21 Starling Avenue Martinsville, VA 24112
Date(s)/Time: Thursday, October 13, 2011 (10:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Phone: (276) 634-4141

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bulletBurke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Event Name: Fossil Day at the Burke Museum
Public Contact: Diane Quinn
Date & Time: October 12, 2011, 10 am - 4pm
Location: Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Event Description: Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Pacific Northwest's only home to real dinosaur fossils. The Burke's outstanding exhibit of fossils dates from long before the dinosaurs to the last Ice Age, and provides the perfect setting for learning about geological time, the formation of fossils, Washington State's rich geological history, and the work of paleontologists. Fossil Dig Site Uncover the past in our new simulated, indoor fossil dig. A special day of hands-on activities with real fossils led by geology staff and museum educators for explorers of all ages. Free with museum admission. Please contact us for more information. Phone: 206.543.5591 Email:

bulletGinkgo Petrified Forest State Park

Public Contact: Veronica Glasgow -
Date & Time: October 12, 2011, 10am-2pm.
Location: Ginkgo Petrified Forest S.P. Interpretive Center
Event Description: Children in 3 different age groups, "Junior Fossil Hunters In Training" ages 7 and under, "Junior Fossil Hunters" ages 7-10, and "Fossil Hunters" Ages 11 and up, can choose from a Crossword Scavenger Hunt or a Word Search Scavenger Hunt. These Scavenger Hunts are designed to take children and families through our Interpretive Center, reading different informative signs about the fossils that are found in this area.

bulletStonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site

The Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site will be offering National Fossil Day activities throughout Earth Science Week
Friday, Oct 14 - The Stonerose Interpretive Center is offering free scheduled field trips for local schools and staff/scientists will be available for classroom visits.
Friday, October 14 - "The Science Behind Stonerose" Open House 6 - 8 pm. Meet the dedicated people who have worked to advance Stonerose's mission in science, education and the preservation of our natural history. Presentations will be given by:

  • Dr. Caroline Stromberg, Paleobotanist, UW Burke Museum of Natural History
  • Dr. Greg Wilson, Vertebrate Paleontologist, UW Burke Museum of Natural History

Other guests and speakers include:

  • Dr. Bruce Archibald, Paleoentomologist, Simon Fraser University
  • Jack Nisbet, Local Author and Renowned Speaker, Winner of 2010 Pacific Northwest Book Award
  • Lisa Barksdale, Stonerose Curator, 1990 - 2003
  • Madilane Perry, Stonerose's First Curator

Saturday, October 15

  • 9 - 12 Experts will teach proper techniques in quarrying and collecting fossil specimens
  • 1 - 2 No host group lunch with guest speaker
  • 2 - 4 Fossil Identification Workshop & Tour of the Stonerose Collections
  • 6 - 8 Mini presentations at the Republic Elementary Multi-Purpose Room by Dr. Bruce Archibald, Jack Nisbet, and Regan Dunn, graduate student of Dr. Caroline Stromberg

Sunday, October 16

  • 9 -11 Expert led fossil dig at Stonerose's original fossil location, the "Corner Lot"
  • 1 - 4 Guided geological tour of unique features in and around the Republic and Curlew area

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West Virginia


bulletMilwaukee Public Museum

The Milwaukee Public Museum will celebrate National Fossil Day on October 12 with four interactive stops in its Third Planet Exhibit. Stop and talk with an interpreter at the Torosaur exhibit, figure out which is the real fossil at our "Pick the Fossil" spot, learn about ancient reefs at "When I was Alive in the Silurian" and learn about Earth's oldest fossils, the stromatolites, and the effect of cyanobacteria on your world. Remember to stop and see MPM's most famous local fossil The Heibor Mammoth! Learn more:

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bulletBureau of Land Management (BLM)

For up-to-date event information, visit:

The Buffalo Field (BFO) is celebrating National Fossil Day on October 10, 2011 in conjunction with the Jim Gatchell Museum.

bulletFossil Butte National Monument

Ever dreamed of being a paleontologist? Visitors to Fossil Butte National Monument are invited to learn the art of fossil preparation on October 12, 2011 from 1pm to 4pm in celebration of National Fossil Day. Park staff will train participants in the use of a microscope, air scribe and air abrasive tool.

Fossil Butte National Monument will also participate in "Storytime" at the Lincoln County Library in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Young participants will sing the National Fossil Song, play the fossilization game and hear Ranger Marcia read Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki.

bulletTate Geological Museum

Event Name: National Fossil Day Open House
Public Contact: Front Desk
Date & Time: October 12th from 3:00 to 6:00pm
Location: 125 College Dr. Casper WY
Event Description: TATE CELEBRATES FOSSIL DAY ON OCTOBER 12 The Tate Geological Museum will celebrate the Second Annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the museum.

The celebration will consist of an open house featuring a fossil fish giveaway, a coloring contest with four age categories, fossil cast activity, museum and Lee Rex "barn" tours, Casper College Geology Club bake sale, door prizes, a "find the paleontologist" game, and a free National Park Service bag with a junior paleontologist activity book, junior ranger paleontologist badge, maps, and information to the first 70 children ages 5 to 12.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. two presentations will be given in the Sharon D. Nichols Auditorium. At 5:30 Russell Hawley, Tate Education Specialist, will present "The History of Tyrannosaurus rex," and at 6, Kent Sundell, Ph.D., Casper College geology instructor, will present "The Story of Lee Rex."

In addition a new contest, "Guess the Weight of Lee Rex" will begin. The person who guesses the correct weight of Lee Rex by the December 3, 2011 deadline will win a $100 gift certificate to the Tate Geological Museum Gift Shop. Refreshments will be served and the open house, which is sponsored by the Tate Geological Museum, the U.S. National Park Service, and the American Geological Institute is free and open to the public.

bulletUniversity of Wyoming Geological Museum

Event Name: National Fossil Day
Public Contact: Grace Carter
Date & Time: October 12, 2011 3-5pm
Location: UW campus, attached to the Earth Science Building
Event Description: The University of Wyoming Geological Museum will be hosting National Fossil Day activities at the Geological Museum on Wednesday, October 12 from 3-5pm. We will have several stations staffed by UW experts comparing modern bird and animal specimens with fossils, modern and fossil plants, a "behind the scenes" look at fossils, and various touch carts. It will also be the kick-off for two exciting programs for kids; the Junior Geologist and Geologist-in-Training.
This event and admission to the museum is free of charge! For directions and parking information please visit

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

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