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National Fossil Day 2012 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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bulletGeological Survey of Alabama

Fossils of the Black Belt - A Hands-on Field Workshop
Tuesday Oct 23, 8 am - 4:30 pm (MUST PREREGISTER TO ATTEND)

This one-day workshop is aimed at earth science teachers in elementary and high school classrooms. The goal is to help teachers integrate real earth science into classrooms by helping teachers recommend science fair projects, create fossil kits, and find fossil sites to visit. Cost is $15, and attendees will receive a copy of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks, and three Discovering Alabama DVDs.
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bulletThe Paleontology Society of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®

"Anza-Borrego and the Great American Biotic Interchange"
October 27 from 1-4pm and October 28 from 9-noon
Meet at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitors Center for a short guided walk to the Stout Research Center

Celebrate National Fossil Day at our Open House, "Anza-Borrego and the Great American Biotic Interchange". Why do we find the same shells in the Caribbean and the Anza-Borrego Desert? How did the giant ground sloth get this far north? What does the fossil record tell us? Could plate tectonics or climate change, play a role? Clues to the Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI) from our fossil collection will be on special exhibit. The sediments at Anza-Borrego span the entire length of time during which GABI occurred and our fossil collection records the history of that event. Tour our working paleontology preparation laboratory and Research Center's paleontology collection hall with Paleontology Society volunteers.

For more information about the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® paleontology and geology, visit us at

bulletFossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Second Annual Fossil Day - San Joaquin Valley Paleontological Society
October 20

Our event will include guided tours of the Museum, a display of hominid replica skulls, California native animals from Chaffee Zoo, and a petrified wood display. We will also have an atlatl competition and primitive skills demonstrations.

bulletNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County

bulletDr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

The Cooper Center presents: Prehistoric OC

Date & Time: Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 8800 Rosecrans ave. Buena Park, CA 90621
Event Description: Prehistoric OC is a FREE event dedicated to Orange County's rich history, prehistory and Native American culture, as shown by actual fossils and artifacts. This inaugural event will be fun for both young and old and will foster a sense of pride and respect for Orange County's natural and cultural resources.There will be a number of activities for all ages including archaeological and paleontological demonstrations and exhibits, a free photo booth, as well as fun, educational crafts and hands-on activities. Attendees will also be able to interact with many of the actual Cooper Center and CSUF scientists that work on the collection and around Orange County. The Clark Park Paleontology Museum will host guided tours to showcase its extensive fossil collection from Orange County. The fossil prep lab will also be open so visitors can see paleontologists in action! Jurassic Con will also be on hand exhibiting many of the actual props from the Jurassic Park films! For more information, please check out our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

bulletThe Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits

National Fossil Day at the Page Museum
Oct 13, 2012, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Fossils preserve evidence of ancient life and our paleontologists are working hard to preserve these treasures for future generations. Join us to meet our scientists who work with fossils and see some of the best preserved specimens from our collections. We're also inviting guests to bring their mystery fossils and have them identified by one of our scientists. More info on our National Fossil Day:

Junior Scientist: National Fossil Day
Saturday, October 13, 2012; 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Page Museum (Check-in near Admissions Desk)

Fossils preserve evidence of ancient life, and the paleontologists at the Natural History Museum and Page Museum are working hard to preserve these treasures for future generations. Join us at National Fossil Day to learn about the fossils we unearth right here in Los Angeles and become a Junior Paleontologist! More info on Junior Scientist:

bulletSan Bernardino County Museum

National Fossil Day Event at the County Museum
October 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
San Bernardino County Museum 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, CA 92374

The San Bernardino County Museum will celebrate National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Museum paleontologists and geologists will showcase recently-discovered fossils from the Tule Springs area north of Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as from Joshua Tree National Park. Museum visitors will be able to get up-close and personal with fossilized remains of extinct mammoths from the Ice Ages. The day-long event, held in the museum's Hall of Geological Wonders, is free with paid admission.

"Mammoths are the official mascots for National Fossil Day this year," said Kathleen Springer, the museum's senior curator of geological sciences, "and mammoths are—quite literally!—a huge proportion of our Museum's paleontology collections. So we'll be able to share in the national theme for the day, yet offer County Museum visitors a totally unique and regional experience."

County Museum scientists are eager to participate in National Fossil Day, since mammoths have proven to be critical discoveries in multiple ongoing paleontologic investigations. Extensive fieldwork in the upper Las Vegas Wash, north of the City of Las Vegas, Nevada, has produced abundant and well-preserved fossil remains of Columbian mammoths—Mammuthus columbi—that date to the Pleistocene Epoch, or "Ice Ages".

"The Las Vegas area appears to have been 'Mammoth Central'," said Springer, "and about half of the 500-plus sites we've discovered have mammoth fossils in them."

The research in the upper Las Vegas Wash, sponsored by a research grant from the Nevada Bureau of Land Management, also resulted in the discovery and excavation of the single largest fossil site known from the Las Vegas region: a quarry yielding the remains of at least three individual mammoths, including both baby and adult animals."It's as if the fossil record gave us an early present just in time for National Fossil Day," says Kathleen.

But Las Vegas was not the only southwestern region that mammoths called home. Ancient Ice Age sediments in Joshua Tree National Park have also yielded remains of these ancient behemoths.

"Mammoths are Ice Age animals," says Kathleen, "and our discovery of mammoths in Joshua Tree confirmed that the majority of the fossils known from there dated to that time." "National Fossil Day offers the opportunity to highlight some of our recent successes," says Kathleen. "We're excited to be able to share some of these fossils with our guests!"
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bulletSanta Ana Zoo

Prehistoric Day @ the Santa Ana Zoo

Sponsored by The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological & Paleontological Center & the Santa Ana Zoo

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Santa Ana Zoo 1801 E. Chestnut Avenue Santa Ana , CA 92701

The Cooper Center is so excited about National Fossil Day and National Archaeology Day, we decided to celebrate it twice with a special event at the Santa Ana Zoo! Come to Prehistoric Day to see and touch real fossils and artifacts from all around Orange County. Learn how real paleontologists and archaeologists dig for fossils. Explore the wonderful animals that still roam the earth today.

Be sure to check out the Cooper Center Archaeo Lab Facebook page, twitter, and the Cooper Channel for upcoming information about the event.

bulletUniversity of California-Riverside, Department of Earth Sciences

Refresh Riverside Climate & Sustainability Fair
October 13, 2012, 10 am - 3 pm
UC Riverside Bell Tower, 900 University Ave, Riverside, California

Free admission! Refresh Riverside is educational day of fun for the whole family! At the fair, you can expect to visit a variety of booths to learn about the science of climate change and importance of living sustainability. Every booth has a mix of educational information, games and activities. After visiting the booths, you will receive tickets for free Rubios food, as well as a variety of other prizes and freebies. Free parking in UCR Lot 1.
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bulletDenver Museum of Nature and Science

SCFD Community Free Day
Sunday Oct 14 Time: 9am - 5pm
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

Join us on Sunday, October 14th for a Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Free Day, as we celebrate Earth Science Week and National Fossil Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Make a trilobite mask and dig for trilobites in the Discovery Zone, see Mr. Bones the giant walking dinosaur skeleton, and touch and see gems, rocks, and minerals. Keep an eye out for rockin' dance performances, do a scavenger hunt about mammoths and mastodons, step inside the inflatable GeoDome, and stop by Space Odyssey's suspended globe. Discover wonders of Earth science with the United States Geological Survey and the Geological Society of America. Plus, enjoy regular Free Day favorites like Secrets of the Dioramas tours, face painting, and blue-tongue genetics fun. All of these activities are for free!
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bulletFriends of Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Discovery Day - National Fossil Day
Oct. 13, 2012 , 10 am to 3 pm Location:
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO

Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge on October 13th, 2012 from 10am to 3 pm for a free celebration of National Fossil Day. Guides will be stationed at the world-famous track site and other fossil sites along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail. At the Visitor Center try sifting for microfossils, dinosaur track painting, the Allosaurus vertebrae boulder, a life-size Iguanodon, a dinosaur dig for kids, a life-size Stegosaurus, dinosaur track painting PLUS check out the new Goniopholis skull, Brachiosaurus skull, and life-size juvenile Camarasaurus in Trek Through Time. Several other activities and booths will be associated with Earth Science Week and International Astronomy Day including gold panning, metal detecting, solar observing, searching for iron meteorites, and telling time with a sundial. Register for door prizes and try the scavenger hunt. Overflow parking $5 day of event.
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bulletMuseum of Western Colorado and Dinosaur Journey Museum

Changing Landscapes of Science Lecture Series: Andrew Milner
Oct 11, 2012 7PM
Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, CO

Andrew Milner talks about his experiences working for the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Ontario) at the Cambrian Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. He worked there for five seasons (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1995), excavating three quarries, including the first time Walcott's Quarry had been opened since 1917. Every season many new species of soft-bodied marine organisms were found and many problematic animals were sorted out in with new discoveries.

This talk is part of the Changing Landscapes of Science Lecture Series and will be held at the Museum of Western Colorado's Whitman Ed. Ctr., 4th & Ute. in downtown Grand Junction. Members/students $10, open to the public.

Andrew Milner, City Paleontologist and Curator, St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, St. George, Utah Andrew works with all scientific aspects of the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, dealing with paleontology and geology.
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bulletUniversity of Colorado Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day Trilobite Cookies

Date: October 17, 11:00am-1:00pm, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

We'll be outside the north entrance to the museum with our chocolate fondue pot so you can design your own trilobite cookie. Explore real trilobite fossils and other trilobite activities. Join us for a bite of fun in the middle of your day! FREE. Learn More...

Fossil Day at the Farmers' Market

Date: October 17, 4:00 - 8:00 pm, Boulder Farmers' Market on 13th St between Canyon and Arapahoe, Boulder, CO

Stop by our market table for some fossil fun! Explore real fossils from the CU Museum of Natural History and make a quick, fun, take-home craft. It'll be fossilicious! Learn More

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District of Columbia

bulletNational Mall and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day 2012 on the National Mall
October 17, 2012 10 am - 2 pm
National Mall between 7th and 14th Sts., in front of Smithsonian NMNH

The third annual National Fossil Day event on the National Mall in Washington, DC will feature presentations and activities by paleontologists and park rangers from across the US. Join the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and other agencies for a mock fossil dig, explorations of prehistoric life, and a special presentation on the history of bison in North America. Join us from 10am - 2pm in front of the Smithsonian NMNH as we celebrate the diversity and history of life on Earth.

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bulletFlorida Paleontological Society

Fossils at the Fort

come join us on Wednesday October 17th, 2012 to celebrate this year's National Fossil Day. Learn about Coquina, the "Fossil" that built the fort! Hear guest lecturers talk about its use as a construction material and the fossils that are contained within it. See museum collections of Florisa fossils and others from around the world.

Location: Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL
Time: 8:45am - 3pm (park open 8:45 - 5:15)
Cost: Free with park entrance fee (Adults 16 and above $7.00, Children 15 and under free with an adult)
Activities: Speakers, giveaways, fossil diaplays, Junior Paleontologist Program...

Sponsored by:

  • Flordia Paleontological Society
  • National Park Service
  • Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Florida Geological Foundation, Inc.

bulletTampa Bay Fossil Club and Florida Aquarium

"They Lived Here Too: Prehistoric Creatures from the Ice Age"
Oct. 13, 9:30 am - 5 pm

Activities to include sample of fossil teeth to be identified to species and the children to guess what types of food they ate based on the shapes and stlye of the teeth.
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bulletFernbank Science Center

National Fossil Day 2012

Time: Saturday October 13 from noon until 4:30 at the Science Center.

  • We will have fossils and fossil casts on display, this year featuring real triceratops elements loaned by a local private collector.
  • Also on display will be the casts of a T. rex femur and skull, a calculator, and a formula for estimating the length and height of the animals.
  • Activities will include a shark tooth dig, a fossil cast painting station, a lecture from a paleontologist, and a fossil prize drawing.
  • We also have a fossil-themed planetarium show called "ArcticSaurs" that may run that day.

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bulletIdaho Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day Celebration
Wednesday, October 17th 2pm-7pm
921 S. 8th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho on the Campus of Idaho State University

Hands-on, interactive activities for all ages. Bring in your found treasures for fossil identification, meet our paleontologists, and register for our owl pellet dissection class or for one of our behind-the-scenes tours of our Paleontology Collections.
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bulletEarth Science Club of Northern Illinois

Paleontology Study Group Meeting
Saturday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
College of Dupage, - Tech Ed Building (TEC), Room 1038A.

Dave Carlson will be giving a presentation on "Soft Tissue Preservation in Fossils". Members will be bringing fossils for display with free samples for guests. Free. All ages welcome!
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bulletIllinois State Museum

National Fossil Day 
October 17, 9:30 - 11:30 am and 2:00 - 5:00 pm 
502 S. Spring St., Springfield IL

Dr. Chris Widga, Assistant Curator of Geology, will be on hand from 9:30-11:30 am and 2:00-5:00 pm in the Changes exhibition to speak with visitors about the Museum’s ongoing paleontological research. We will also open the "Bone Bin" in Changes to analyze Mastodont jaws for clues about how these animals became extinct. Visitors will see Museum fossils up close, and get to interact with a working scientist.
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bulletNortheastern Illinois University Earth Science Club

National Fossil Day with NEIU ESC
Oct 17, 2012 10-2
5500 N St. Louis Ave, Chicago IL 60625

Visit with the NEIU Earth Science Club as they share their fossils and experiences for National Fossil Day. Learn about the diversity and variety of prehistoric life, and talk with your fellow NEIU classmates about geology and paleontology.
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bulletFalls of the Ohio State Park

Earth Discovery Day at the Falls of the Ohio State Park
October 13, 2012 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m

This new event will focus on the world beneath your feet. It coincides with Earth Science Week, with events across the nation. We are planning a variety of fun and educational activities for adults and children.

Inside our museum will be children's rock-craft activities. Listen to our fascinating geoscience speakers*, discover geology through a microscope with microfossils and microminerals. Learn how to photograph specimens (helpful if you want to get something identified by e-mail) and how to display them in your home or office. Pick up free brochures from many fossil parks across North America. Three universities will have manned tables with information about degrees in geology. Teachers can sign up and win a 50, 75 or 100 piece geology collection. Free rock and fossil identification -- bring in your unknowns!

Molly Miller, PhD, Vanderbilt University (Flourishing Life in Antarctica: When in the Past, Where Today?); Rebecca Freeman, PhD, University of Kentucky (Extinction and Shells on the Beach); Walt Gray, Indiana Geological Survey (Earthquakes in the Midwest); Dave Meyer, PhD, University of Cincinnati, (The Age of Crinoids in Kentucky); Steve Greb, PhD, Kentucky Geological Survey (Geological History of the Ohio Valley - Morning teacher's workshop).

Outside we will have our fossil and mineral dig piles, guided outer and Indiana shore fossil bed hikes. The Indiana Geological Survey will have their Quake Cottage - an earthquake simulator. Experience a temblor from 5.5 to 8.0 on the Richter scale.

Participating Organizations: Falls of the Ohio Foundation, Kentucky Paleontological Society, Indiana Society for Paleontology, Mineral And Fossil Interest Club (MAFIC), Indiana Geological Survey, Kentucky Geological Survey, KYANA Geological Society.

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bulletKU Natural History Museum

Science Saturdays: National Fossil Day

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 1:00pm at KU Natural History Museum

1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS, 66045
Phone: 785-864-4450
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bulletFriends of Big Bone Lick, Big Bone Lick State Park

The Salt Festival at Big Bone Lick State Park
Oct 19-21

Journey back in time as Big Bone returns to days long past. There will be numerous hands on demonstrations and activities for people of all ages; including flint-knapping, pioneer life, salt making, weaving, spear throwing, storytelling, music, atlatl tossing, and lots more. Browse the crafters corner to see the many wondrous hand crafted items for sale; then refresh yourself and your family at the food court. This year's festival will host the second annual Big Bone Lick atlatl (spear throwing) contest! While you are visiting don't forget to see our bison herd and newly renovated nature center.

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bulletCalvert Marine Museum

PRAD: Pauxtent River Appreciation Days
Sat. Oct 6, 2012
Calvert Marine Museum

The Museum's Fossil Club will be on hand to display, identify, and even give away fossils to the event's attendees.
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bulletHarvard Museum of Natural History

Exhibitions: Romer Hall of Paleontology, fossils in Arthropods: Creatures that Rule
9 am to 5 pm daily
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Museum volunteers will be on hand daily during the weekend for National Fossil Day to answer questions. Explore Romer Hall: Among the dozens of specimens in the Romer Hall of Paleontology at Harvard Museum of Natural History is the Kronosaurus, the world's only mounted example of this 42 foot long pliosaur. One can pass by several larger mammal-like animals, excavated in Texas, such as the Diadectes, Dimetrodon, Ophiacodon, Eryops, and Edaphosaurus. Also on display are three types of flying reptiles, the Rhamophortrynchus phyllurus, the Pterodactylus elegans, and the Pterodactylus antiquus. The giant marine crocodile of the Jurassic period, the Mystriosaur, along with skulls of the "Ruling Reptiles" of the Triassic period (200-230 million years ago) and one of the first Triceratops skulls ever discovered are on permanent exhibit. A huge Pteranodon hangs on the wall, a flying reptile that caught fish in the Cretaceous. In the adjacent Cenozoic Mammal Hall learn about the evolution of hoofed creatures, including some bizarre forms that emerged when South America was an island continent. See the fossilized skeleton of a 2,200-pound armadillo-like Glyptodont and the 15-foot long giant ground sloth and discover the colorful history surrounding the "Harvard Mastodon," a unique Ice Age specimen collected in 1844. In Arthropods: Creatures that Rule, be sure to see the case of arthropod fossils including living fossils such as horseshoe crab, and examine the insects caught in amber thousands of years ago. Public Contact:
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bulletMarine and Paleobiological Research Institute

National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Public Library Public
Thursday, October 18, 4pm to 7:45pm Location:
56R School Street, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Library. Everyone is invited. Bring fossils to show to others, or to ask about. Or just come and see what others bring. Mingle. Participants who will display materials and be available for discussion include Nancy Cole of the MV Museum, Dr. Maurice Tivey of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Chairman of Geology and Geophysics), Galadriel's of Circuit Ave, Heidi Raihofer and Joe Leonardo, Jacob and Sam Gurney, Sondra Murphy of the OB Library, Fred Hotchkiss, and others. This event is for all ages. Students are especially welcome. Please come, and please tell friends and strangers. See you at the Library. Contact:
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bulletUniversity of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Identification Day [ID Day]
10/7/2012 12pm - 5pm
1109 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

Bring your own objects and collections in for identification by our experts. Experts join us from the fields of paleontology, anthropology, archaeology, botany, zoology, and geology will help identify:

  • Shells
  • Rocks and minerals
  • Invertebrate fossils
  • Arrow heads
  • Shards of pottery
  • Vertebrate bones
  • Insects
  • Skulls
  • Seeds, leaves, twigs
  • Fish

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bulletMichigan State University Museum

"Cruisin' The Fossil Freeway" exhibit and activities
exhibit runs 10/6/12 - 12/31/12

Tour the exhibit, including "Time Card" and "Fossil Match Up" game for kids, plus touch and learn about fossils with hands-on specimens. The exhibit is a quirky and original interpretation of evolution and the fossil record, through the artwork of Ray Troll and interpreted by palaeontologist Kirk Johnson. The paintings document a road trip of evolutionary discovery in the American West. See the MSU Museum website for times and details of hands-on fossils available in the exhibit area.
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bulletDuluth Children's Museum

10/17 5 pm - 7 pm
Duluth Children's Museum 115 South 29th Ave West Duluth, MN 55806

Activities in celebration of National Fossil Day will include the opportunity to dig for real fossils, dinosaur bingo, fossil-related arts and crafts, and a real fossil collection from Minnesota and Wyoming will be available for viewing! Contact: 218-733-7543
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bulletScience Museum of Minnesota

Fossil Day 2012

Saturday, October 20, 1-4pm throughout the museum

Fossil Day 2012 will highlight museum scientists and others sharing insights about their research around fossils, fossil prep, and more. Visitors can learn about Twin Cities fossils, trilobites, Green RIver Wyoming fossil fish, fossil coprolites, microfossils, and a recently discovered fossil Saber-Toothed cat from Minnesota.

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bulletDunn-Seiler Geology Museum at Mississippi State University

Art and Story Contest
DEADLINE Oct. 5, 2012

The Dunn-Seiler Museum at Mississippi State University is sponsoring another art and creative story contest in conjunction with National Fossil Day. The website ( has a clickable link for the PDF file announcing the contest. We encourage K-12 Mississippi students to creatively represent -- either through art or creative writing-- a mammoth that used to roam our state. Winners will be announced in several grade spans, and will receive fossil kits in addition to plaques, ribbons, and certificates.

Deadline for entries is October 5 -- Contact the Department of Geosciences at MSU for more information!

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bulletBollinger County Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day at the Bollinger County Museum
Oct. 20 / 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
207 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill, MO 63764

To celebrate the importance of the fossil record the Bollinger County Museum will host National Fossil Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Brent Ashcraft, amateur paleontologist and local educator, with a Masters degree in Natural Sciences, will present "The Sands of Time, A geologic and Ecologic History of Southeast Missouri". This slide show covers Southeast Missouri from the formation of the Ozarks to the colonization by man, looking at the fossil and geologic record to reconstruct how Missouri's ecology has changed through time. Other activities of the day will include special exhibits of Missouri fossils and a fossil prep demonstration. Some of the kids activities will include a fossil dig, a chance to make your own fossil, Jr. Paleontology booklets with activities for kids to learn about Paleontology, and other activities that fit in with the fossil and geology theme of the day. Bring your fossils or come to see our fossils and help us celebrate National Fossil Day, 2012. Museum hours will be from 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Admission to the museum is $2 per adult and $1 for 18 years and under.

For directions or event information: visit or contact

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bulletThe Museum of the Rockies

Fossil Festival
Wednesday, October 17 | 3:30-6pm |
Free with Museum admission

Join MOR in celebrating National Fossil Day. Children ages 5-12 can become a "Junior Paleontologist" and receive an official badge or certificate from the National Park Service by completing fossil activities. Explore the ways that paleontologists work, learn about Earth's history, ancient plants and animals, and discover how you can protect fossils through engaging hands-on activities.

Tours For Tots: Fantastic Fossils
Oct 16-18, Tues & Thurs: 10-11am | Wed: 2-3pm |
Free for members, $5 for non-members

This program continues our efforts to introduce little ones (ages 3-5) to the wonders of museum learning. Each program offers a chance to ask questions and explore with a hands-on activity. In this program, early learners will look closely at the fossils on display in the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, learn how dinosaur bones are preserved, and discover why we find so many dinosaurs in Montana. Young scientists will enjoy making their own fossil to take home after this exciting exploration.

For more information please visit or call 406-994-6618

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bulletAgate Fossil Beds National Monument

National Fossil Day at Agate Fossil Beds and 20th Birthday Party for Visitor Center
October 13, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
301 River Road Harrison, NE 69346

Starting at 1:30 p.m. Greg McDonald, Natural History Collections curator for the National Park Service and instructor at the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University will speak about mammal fossils, especially horses. This subject ties in with the American Horse club from the Cook Collection being on temporary display in the "Song of the Horse Nation" exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian until Jan. 7, 2013. The Agate Fossil Beds staff will serve cake to visitors after McDonald's talk for the 20th birthday of the visitor center.

Local folks and members of the original Friends of Agate group will remember the small trailer used as a visitor center before 1992. It took the work and dedication of many to finally realize a world class building and exhibits now visited by people from around the world. Young people may wish to have fun and stretch their minds by earning a National Park Service Junior Paleontology Badge. The Junior Paleontologist program engages young people in discovering the significance of fossils, as well as in learning about the National Park Service's mission to preserve paleontological resources. After the event the Fossil Hills trail and Daemonelix trail will be open till dark for visitors to explore the sites.
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bulletNevada State Museum Las Vegas

Date & Time: throughout October
Location: 309 S. Valley View Blvd
Event Description: Name the Mammoth contest for children Exhibit on the Tule Springs (Big Dig) excavations Lectures from Paleontologist on the current Tule Springs excavations Children's activities centering on paleontology

bulletProtectors of Tule Springs

Columbian Mammoth Fossil Walk
Oct 27 9 - 11 am

The Protectors of Tule Springs is conducting a Columbian Mammoth Fossil Walk in the proposed Tule Springs National Monument in the Northern Las Vegas Valley on Saturday October 27th from 9-11am. This is an easy walk over rough desert terrain and up and down a few small washes to a previously excavated mammoth site where some fossils still are visible. Spots are limited and anyone interested should contact us on

bulletRed Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Bones and teeth and tracks, oh my!
Oct 10, 1:30 PM
Red Rock Canyon Visitors Center, HC 33, Las Vegas, NV 89161

Nevada Dinosaurs Presentation Bones and teeth and tracks, oh my! On October 10, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area will offer visitors an opportunity to go back to a time when dinosaurs were Nevada's most prominent residents.

At 1:30 p.m., Dr. Josh Bonde from UNLV's Geoscience Department will discuss how prior to the early 2000's, Nevada's dinosaurs were only discovered in a few sites in the northeastern part of the state.

These days, dinosaur remains have been discovered in four of Nevada's 17 counties.

So far, Nevada's dinosaurs are known from two of the three periods of the Age of Dinosaurs, the Jurassic and the Cretaceous.

The Jurassic-aged fossils represent footprints in a vast sand sea which covered the entire west coast of North America 200 to 180 million years ago. These tracks are found in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area as well as Valley of Fire State Park.

Cretaceous-aged fossils are found in both southern and northern Nevada. These fossils represent bones and teeth of animals which lived on flood plains 115 to 95 million years ago. They include a variety of meat-eating and plant-eating dinosaurs, in addition to fish, turtles, and crocodiles.

Many significant discoveries are made by the public who work with public land managers and professional paleontologists to discover, record and preserve paleontological resources on public lands. If you discover tracks or trackways at Red Rock Canyon, please call 702-515-5350 as soon as possible and provide information about location and photographs.

Please help protect paleontological sites. It is illegal to dig, remove, or collect vertebrate fossils without a permit. Never take molds or castings, or apply anything to fossils including trackways. Never drive over, walk on or sit on fossils. More information: 702-515-5350 or visit

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New Hampshire

New Jersey

bulletThe Rutgers Geology Museum

Fossil Hunting!
Big Brook Preserve, Colts Neck, NJ, Saturday, September 29 and Saturday, October 13, 2012, 11 am to 2 pm

Find your own fossils on a guided trip to the Big Brook Preserve in Colts Neck, NJ with Rutgers University geologists. This site is famous for its prolific marine fossils.
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New Mexico

bulletChaco Culture National Historical Park

National Fossil Day 2012
Wednesday, October 17 & Saturday October 20 Location:
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

Join park staff and volunteers to learn more about the diverse fossils preserved at Chaco Culture NHP. Children ages 5-12 are invited to become a National Park Service Junior Paleontologist! A limited number of Junior Paleontologist badges will be available to earn as part of the Junior Ranger Program. Other special programs will be offered including a guided fossil tour, fossil displays and specimen handling, and an evening program. This event is a great way for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to learn about the fascinating and often surprising geologic and paleontological history of Chaco Canyon.

Schedule of Events:
Wednesday October 17, 2012 10am - 3pm: Fossil displays and Junior Paleontologist activities, Visitor Center courtyard 4pm: Ranger led fossil walk, Pueblo Bonito 7pm: 'Geology and Paleontology of Chaco Canyon' evening program

Saturday October 20, 2012 10am - 3pm: Fossil displays and Junior Paleontologist activities, Visitor Center courtyard 4pm: Ranger led fossil walk, Pueblo Bonito
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bulletMesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum

Date & Time: Friday, October 19th & Saturday, October 20th
Location: Location: 222 Laughlin, Tucumcari, New Mexico

Event Description: - Admission to the Museum will be free for children under 12. - Students from Mesalands Community College Paleontology Program 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: Eocene Plants and Insects from the Howard Shanks Collection. This exhibit will showcase specimens from the Green River Formation. - Museum hours are Noon to 5pm, Mountain Time.
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New York

bulletFort Stanwix National Monument 

A Mammoth Day with Fort Stanwix National Monument's Backyard Rangers
October 20, from 10am to 3pm Location:
112 East Park Street, Rome, New York

On October 20th, from 10am to3pm, the Fort Stanwix Backyard Rangers celebrate National Fossil Day in a mammoth way! This year's theme is ancient mammoths of all sizes. Join local paleontologist Ray Vodden as he shares his latest research specimen, a cast of a pygmy mammoth skull. In May of 2010, seven-year-old Kylie Ferguson participated in a Junior Paleontologist program at Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Kylie discovered a rare museum quality saber tooth cat skull. A casting of that cat will be on display at Fort Stanwix along with the rest of Kylie's story. Explore the world of paleontology through the Junior Paleontologist program with Park Ranger Susan Jones in activities that allow you to discover the fun of fossils in your backyard. Ranger Susan will present "The Beecher's Trilobite Bed", a look at the unique fossil history of the Fort Stanwix area. Make a fossil rubbing of a Giant Trilobite to add to your collection. To ensure staffing and supply needs are met for the event, reservations are requested. To make a reservation, please call the park's main number, 315-338-7730 and speak with the staff on duty.
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bulletMuseum of the Earth

Teacher Resource Day 2012
October 6; 9AM to 1PM; Museum of the Earth (1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY)

The Museum of the Earth's Teacher Resource Day is a very successful and well-established professional development opportunity for local and regional educators. During the day, teachers are treated to tables of specimens and publications, free to take for use in their classroom--from pig skulls to pyrite. Following the specimen grab, teachers are treated to behind-the-scenes tours, lessons for the classroom, and a keynote lecture. Watch for more!

bulletRochester Museum and Science Center

Earth Science Day at the RMSC

11am & 12:30 pm
What Earth Scientists Do
Presented by Dr. Penny Higgins (University of Rochester)
Learn about the Earth Sciences! From earthquakes, to paleontology and climate change, to oil and space exploration- see what Earth Scientists do, what they discover, potential career paths, and more!

11am - 4pm
Presented by the Rochester Academy of Science- Fossil Section Come see fossils from New York State, as well as from different areas!

12am - 4pm
Junior Paleontologist
Activity Book Provided by the National Park Service
Become a Junior Paleontologist and explore what it means to be a paleontologist, learn about Earth's history, and protect our National Parks.

12am - 4pm
Dino Days
Did you know that all dinosaur species did not live at the same time? Visit different floors of the Museum, transformed into the three geologic periods of the Mesozoic Era.

October 6 - January 6
A T. rex Named Sue
Immerse yourself in Sue's world! Touch casts of Sue's bones and manipulate interactive exhibit features to understand how Sue moved, saw, smelled and ate.
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North Carolina

bulletAurora Fossil Museum

National Fossil Day at the Aurora Fossil Museum
Date: Oct 17, 2012 Time: 10 am and 1 pm
Contact: 252-322-4238 or

The History of Life: The Fossil Record (10am)

Miocene Fossils of Eastern NC (1pm)
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bulletDiscovery Place

Fossil Day at Discovery Place
Oct 13 10 am - 2 pm

Celebrate National Fossil Day here at Discovery Place. Look at some of the fossils from our own collections, make a fossil craft, discover some animals that are considered living fossils, and even excavate your own fossil.

bulletNorth Carolina Museum of Natural Science

National Fossil Day at NCMNS
Oct 17 12 pm - 5 pm

National Fossil Day Talks: Plants are the primary producers in ecosystems and the more that is known of them, the better our understanding of ancient ecological relationships. The distribution and structure of vertebrate and plant communities are intertwined through feeding relationships and the physical setting. Come learn about the insights fossil plants provide about the landscapes and life of the distant past.

Cretaceous Park: The Ancient Paleo Environment of Dinosaur Provincial Park
Eva Koppelhus, Biological Science, University of Alberta
Dinosaur Park is world famous for its richness in dinosaur fossils, however, these dinosaurs would not have had a good life without an environment rich in plants and other animals. This talk will give insight to what environment the dinosaurs lived and died in.

Why Eat Wood? Fossilized Feces Provide Surprising Insights Into Dinosaur Diets
Karen Chin, Universtiy of Colorado, Boulder
Fossilized feces (coprolites) from herbivorous dinosaurs are rare, but some remarkable specimens have been found. An unusual suite of 75 million year-old coprolites from Montana offers intriguing glimpses of dinosaur feeding behavior.

Fossils from the Land of Sheba - Ethiopia's Forested Past
Bonnie Jacobs and Roy M. Huffington, Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University Paleobotanical research on the Ethiopian Plateau documents a rich forest quite different from modern African forests, and tells us about the habitat in which an ancient endemic fauna lived when Africa was an island continent 27 million years ago. A land connection formed with Eurasia about 23 million years ago, forests changed, and at the same time the stage was set for the evolution of the iconic landscapes and faunas we know today.

Really Old Growth Forests. 100 Million Years of Hardwood History
Elisabeth Wheeler, N.C. State University
Fossil woods of flowering plants occur on all continents, including Antarctica, and tell tales of ancient landscapes and changing climates. Study of the microscopic structure of wood and the patterns of water conducting cells is a useful tool in interpreting ancient environment.

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North Dakota

bulletFargo Public Library

Celebrate National Fossil Day
Date & Time: October 17, 2012
Location: 102 3rd St N, Fargo, ND

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 "come and touch the ancient" at the Main Library on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. Kids and families are invited to handle fossils from millions of years ago, dig for fossils, and then make their own to take home! No registration is required for this event.
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bulletCincinnati Museum Center

National Fossil Day at the Cincinnati Museum Center!
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Listen to a geologist talk about fossils, do hands-on geology missions in all three of our museums, take a cave tour in our Museum of Natural History & Science, do a scavenger hunt, earn an extra 300 points for fossil information presented at Nature's Trading Post and more.
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bulletKent State University

Department of Geology Reunion Tour
October 19, 2012 2 pm - 5 pm

Department of Geology Reunion Tour the department and see displays of fossils, rocks and minerals. See the paleontology labs and other renovated spaces in the department. Visit with our invertebrate and vertebrate palentologists and micropaleontologists. Bring in specimens for identification. Department will be open from 2-5 pm.
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bulletOhio State Lima

Life in Ohio's Tropical Ocean 
Public Contact: Mark Kleffner/ 
Date & Time: October 17, 1:30-4:00 pm 
Location: Ohio State Lima, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima, Ohio, Science Building rooms 110 and 115 
Event Description: Visit the geology museum (Science 110) and classroom (Science 115) to see displays of fossils, rocks, and minerals. Take a quiz on life in Ohio's tropical ocean for a chance to win fossils of some of those life forms. Bring in fossils to be identified.

bulletOrton Geological Museum, The Ohio State University 

Celebrating National Fossil Day 
Public Contact: Dale Gnidovec, 
Date & Time: October 17, 2012, 8am - 7 pm 
Location: Orton Hall, 155 S. Oval Mall, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 
Event Description: Orton Museum will have a special display of choice specimens that are never on display. Staff, faculty and paleontology graduate students will be on hand to identify any fossils that people have found. The Orton Memorial Geology Library will have a display of fossil books.

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bulletJohn Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Oct 24, 2012

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument will celebrate National Fossil Day the week of October 22, 2012. The monument will invite students to the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center for special activities on Wednesday October 24th. For the rest of the week, monument staff will visit area schools to give special presentations on our spectacular fossil resources.

At the event on Wednesday, October 24th, students and visitors will have the opportunity to earn Jr. Paleontologist badges by completing a number of activities, including:

  • Find a Fossil - Using fossil clues to understand how organisms lived and died in the past
  • Make an Impression - Create impressions of animal tracks or remains to take home with you
  • Modern Skull Match-Up - Compare photos of animals with their skulls and think about their fossil relatives
  • Fossil Identification - Bring a fossil from home to be identified by our paleontologists
  • New Fossil Finds - Get a close-up look at some of our newest fossils
  • Fossil Preparation - Monument staff will demonstrate some of the methods we use to clean up fossils for study and display

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bulletThe State Museum of Pennsylvania

Meet the Mammoth
Oct 17 11 am - 2 pm at the Dino Lab on the 3rd floor of the State Museum of Pennsylvania

View bones of the newly acquired "Moon mammoth," discovered at the bottom of Lake Pleasant, Erie Co., PA, by scuba diver, George Moon in 1991. This is a special opportunity to see this specimen close-up and to talk to paleontologists, archaeologists and educators from the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

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South Carolina

South Dakota

bulletBadlands National Park

Take a Virtual Visit to Badlands:
Special Distance Learning Videoconference Offerings for National Fossil Day Public
Wednesday, October 17 from 7:00am - 3:30pm Mountain Time
Interior, SD

Teachers, take your students on a virtual visit to Badlands National Park in celebration of National Fossil Day! Badlands National Park harbors the richest known beds of mammal fossils from the late Eocene and Oligocene. For National Fossil Day 2012, we're bringing these fossils to classrooms around the country by offering distance learning videoconferences every half hour on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Teachers and students can use Skype or IP Connect to join a park ranger for a live, interactive program introducing the beauty of the Badlands rock layers and the fossil wonders contained within. Programs will last approximately twenty minutes and will include examples of fossils from creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. Reservations are required - for more information or to make a reservation request (reservation form .doc), Contact:
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bulletThe Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

3rd Annual National Fossil Day
Date: Oct 17, 2012 9AM - 5PM

  • 'Ice Age' art contest - entries must be received by Oct 1, 2012 but site visitors will cast ballots on National Fossil Day for their favorite artwork in four separate categories.
  • Dr. Evgeny Mashenko will be lecturing at 1PM on a topic to be announced
  • "Prehistoric Antique" Road Show - bring your rocks and fossils to be identified by Dr. Larry Agenbroad
  • Cast a Surface Mammoth Tooth
  • Atlatl Throwing Experience

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bulletFrank H. McClung Musuem

Can You Dig It?
Date & Time: October 21, 2012 1:00-5:00 pm
Location: 1327 Circle Park Drive University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 37996

We will have several tables staffed by graduate students or professors available to identify fossils, rocks, artifacts, and faunal remains. Graduate students and staff will set-up (with posters or photos) in various parts of the museum to discuss their current research. Children will have the opportunity to create molds and casts of sea shells.
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bulletArlington Archosaur Site

National Fossil Day at the Arlington Archosaur Site (AAS) in North Texas
Saturday October 13th 10am-2pm,
Arlington Archosaur Site, South Main St., Arlington, TX.

A day of digging for Cretaceous fossils, tours of the site, paleoartwork and AAS fossils will be on on display.

The Dallas Paleo Society will be the joining the fine folks at the Arlington Archosaur Site to celebrate National Fossil Day. Fossil identification will be available and fossil kits will be given to children.

For more info see the AAS webpage

bulletBrookhaven College

10/20 10 am - 6 pm
Farmer Branch, TX

As part of the EMGI Building of Brookhaven College's "Earth Science Fair" the Dallas Paleo Society will join in celebrating National Fossil Day with displays of local materials, fossil identification, free fossil and collecting for kids Contact:
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bulletDinosaur Valley State Park

National Fossil Day at Dinosaur Valley State Park
Oct. 13 from 2 pm - 4 pm

Come and join Dinosaur Valley State Park in celebrating the second annual National Fossil Day October 13, 2012 from 2 PM until 4 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. Excavatio n 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

The events celebrating National Fossil Day are free.

bulletFossil Rim Wildlife Park

10/13 10 am - 5 pm
Glen Rose, TX

The Dallas Paleo Society is pleased to appear at this wonderful facility to celebrate National Fossil Day. We will have fossil displays featuring local materials, help with fossil identification, free fossils and collecting kits for children. Contact:
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bulletLadonia Fossil Park

Ladonia Fossil Workshop
Oct 20, 2012 8 am
Fannindel School Gymnasium, Ladonia, TX

A fossil workshop will be Fannin County's contribution to National Fossil Day this year. The event will be held in Ladonia on Oct 20, 2012, and will focus on fossil and artifact hunting in the North Sulphur River. Generously sponsored by the City of Ladonia, Bois d'Arc Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist, and the Dallas Paleontological Society, the Fannin County National Fossil Day event will center on findings at Ladonia Fossil Park, located at North Sulphur River north of Ladonia. The location yields Cretaceous Period and Ice Age fossils found in the beds and banks of the river.

Ladonia Mayor Jan Cooper said visitors and residents are encouraged to explore the river and learn more about fossils and artifacts during National Earth Science Week. The local event will be headed by Ladonia fossil and artifact authority PK Kirkpatrick.

The workshop will be held at Fannindel School Gymnasium in Ladonia with registration starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, and presentations starting at 9am.There will be guided exploration at Ladonia Fossil Park starting at 10:30 a.m. The workshop is open to all who have an interest in fossils and artifact hunting and there is no charge for participation. For more information, call the City of Ladonia at 903-367-7011.

bulletTexas Memorial Museum at Texas Natural Science Center

A Mammoth Afternoon
October 17, 2012

  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Fossil identifications (1st floor, Paleo Lab)
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Scoops & Stories - Young paleontologists can discover a mammoth molar in our new fossil dig pit, learn a lullaby for a mammoth, and listen to the story Mammoths on the Move. (Outdoor Classroom
  • 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm & 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Meet the Mammoths - Join Dr.Pamela R. Owen, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist, for a family-friendly gallery talk and hands-on exploration of mammoth fossils. (1st floor, Ice Ages exhibit)
  • Ongoing 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm: Receive 20% off all mammoth and other Ice Age mammal-related merchandise in The Museum Store

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bulletTexas Parks and Wildlife Department

National Fossil Day-Fossil Excavation
Date & Time: October 13, 2012 Time 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: 1629 Park Road 59 Glen Rose, Texas 76043

Event Description: National Fossil Day Celebration at Dinosaur Valley State Park Come and join Dinosaur Valley State Park in celebrating the second annual National Fossil Day October 13, 2012 from 2 PM until 4 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.

The events celebrating National Fossil Day are free!
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bulletUniversity of North Texas

10/17 1 pm - 9 pm
Denton, TX

A huge event that will feature dozens of fossil display, sandbox seeded with fossils for kids to hunt through, fossil identification, planetarium films, and speaker programs after 5:00. Contact:
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bulletWaco Mammoth Site

Fall Fossil Festival
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Location:
6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr. Waco, TX 76708

A fun fossil filled day for the whole family. We will have education stations, a fossil identification table, fun crafts and more. All activities are free. Standard admission will be charged for the tour.
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bulletKanab Field Office

Trick-or-Treat at the Haunted Tracksite
October 27, 9:00 AM
Moccasin Mountain Tracksite

Join BLM Kanab Field Office for Trick-or-Treat at the Haunted Tracksite. Monster Races, Spooky Scavanger Hunt, Meet-a-Paleontologist, Costume Contest, Trick-or-Treat. Meet at the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument Visitor Center, 745 E. Hwy 89, at 9:00 a.m. and carpool to the site. Rides are available for those without four-wheel drive. Space is limited! Sign up before October 25th, by contacting Misti Haines at (435)644-1282 or Leave your prints next to one of our ours!

bulletUtah State University - Science Unwrapped

The Latest and Greatest: The Science Behind Dinosaurs
Friday October 5, 2012. 7:00pm
Eccles Science Learning Center, Emert Auditorium, Utah State University, Logan UT

What explains our fascination with dinosaurs? Could it be their size? Or is it our endless curiosity with how these "terrible lizards" (a rough translation of the word "dinosaurs," coined by Sir Richard Owen in 1842) ultimately met their demise? Friday, Oct. 5th, USU's "Indiana Jones of Bones" takes us on an exciting journey to unravel some of the mysteries of these ancient creatures. Ken Carpenter, curator of paleontology and director of the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum speaks at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium (Room 130) of the Eccles Science Learning Center. The event is free and open to all ages. Following Dr. Carpenter's talk, Science Unwrapped attendees are invited to enjoy free refreshments and a variety of hands-on learning activities for all ages.
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bulletBurke Museum of Natural History and Culture

National Fossil Day at The Burke Museum
October 17, 2012, 10am - 4pm

Come to the Burke Museum to celebrate National Fossil Day! Burke educators will lead activities for students ages 4 to 14. Find out about the work of paleontologists, sort and identify real fossils, make your own drawings from the fossils on display, and learn about Washington's 500 miilion year geological history in the exhibit Life and Times of Washington State. National Fossil Day activities are included with museum admission. To schedule groups of 10 or more, please call 206-543-5591 or email
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West Virginia

bulletClay Center

Celebrate National Fossil Day 2012
Oct 17 between 10 am-4 pm

Visit the Clay Center and check out some of our amazing fossils! From mastodon jawbones to petrified palm trees, take a trip back in time with us as part of this national celebration.

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bulletTate Geological Museum

National Fossil Day Open House
Date & Time: October 17th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 125 College Dr. at the south end of the Casper College campus

Event Description: Join us for our 3rd annual National Fossil Day open House! Join us for fun activities, prep lab and Lee Rex barn tours, door prizes, treats, make and take fossil casts, and our ever popular Fossil Road Show where you can let Arnold identify any rocks or fossils you may have found! New this year, we are hosting an art show created by our very own paleo-artist, Russell J. Hawley. Don't forget to pick up your NPS Jr. paleontologist activity book and badge while you are here. Learn More

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More to come...

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

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

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Last Updated: January 05, 2017