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National Fossil Day 2015 Events

To add your organization's National Fossil Day event to this page, please submit an event information form. Organizations are encouraged to hold events to celebrate National Fossil Day on scheduled date, the weekend before or after, or another date that works for them.

This website contains partner sponsored events, but there are many other local, unafiliated, or guided fossil events that can be discovered elsewhere on the internet. Check the websites of your local community calendar, college, university, museum, or geologic society to see what they may be offering.

Events by State:

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

Alabama

bulletUniversity of Alabama Museum of Natural History

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bulletThe University of West Alabama, the Geological Survey of Alabama, the Alabama Geological Society, and the Birmingham Paleontological Society

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Alaska


American Somoa


Arizona

bulletArizona State University

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am Visit the Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway exhibit and then be sure to join us for a family scavenger hunt on National Fossil Day on October 14th from 10:00-11:30! Go on our Paleo Scavenger hunt and have fun at our interactive learning stations while you learn about fossils and the diversity of life in our ancient past.
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bulletGlen Canyon NRA

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bulletNational Park Service - Flagstaff Area National Monuments

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bulletPetrified Forest National Park

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Arkansas

bulletMuseum of Discovery

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California

bulletThe Paleontology Society of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®

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bulletFossil Discovery Center of Madera County

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bulletJohn D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

The 4th Annual Family Festival Celebrating Archaeology, Paleontology, History, and Science
Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:00AM-3:00PM
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, 8800 Rosecrans Ave, Buena Park, CA

The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center will celebrate International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day (which are only four days apart) on October 10, 2015 with a FREE educational family event, Prehistoric OC.
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bulletMarin County Free Library/Mobile Library Services

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bulletNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County

On Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 9:30 am -3:30 pm, come celebrate fossils from across the globe with our Museum researchers! Fossils are among the most important sources of information for our Earth’s history. This is your chance for curators and Museum visitors to meet, and share a glimpse of the amazing specimens and artifacts you won't get to see on a routine visit to the Museum.

In past events, our curators have shared rare marine and mammal specimens, dinosaur fossils, and Ice Age birds so unique you'd think they were from Mars. Your family will also enjoy family-friendly activities for all ages.
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bulletThe Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

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bulletWestern Science Center

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Colorado

bulletDenver Museum of Nature and Science

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bulletLoveland Public Library

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bulletMuseum of Western Colorado and Dinosaur Journey Museum

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bulletUniversity of Colorado Museum of Natural History

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Connecticut

bulletYale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Delaware


District of Columbia

bulletNational Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.

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bulletSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Kirk Johnson

Saturday, 10/10, 10am - 4pm
Ground Floor, Q?rius; 1st Floor, Q?rius Jr.-A Discovery Room; 2nd Floor, Last American Dinosaurs exhibition

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will host the National Park Service's 2015 National Fossil Day Celebration in DC with an all-day family festival. Visitors will be able to participate in family-friendly, fossil-themed activities presented by volunteers and fossil scientists who work with the museum, the National Park Service and other partner agencies and organizations.
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Florida

bulletArchaeologists for Autism

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bulletFlorida Paleontological Society

NFD MEGA–EVENT!
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special Family Night Event extended hours
South Florida Museum, 201—10th St. West, Bradenton, Fl 34205

"Fossils at the Museum-Part 2!"
Come join us in celebrating this year's National Fossil Day. The South Florida Museum is excited to be a host institution this year and to partner with local and state agencies, organizations and clubs. Guests can come and meet real paleontologists and geologists who work every day to uncover the secrets fossils reveal about our ancient Earth. Clubs and Vendor Displays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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bulletFlorida Museum of Natural History

October 14, 2015
10am- 2pm

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

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Georgia

bulletFernbank Science Center

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bulletGeorgia College Museum, Georgia College Natural History Museum, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

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Guam


Hawaii

bulletKa'u Learning Academy

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Idaho

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Illinois

bulletChildren's Discovery Museum

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bulletNational Geographic in Chicago

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
October 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m
Price Single tickets start at $35.
Location: Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, US, 60601

With amazing video recreating the lost world of the Cretaceous Era Sahara, Ibrahim will tell the story of Spinosaurus' discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what—other than its size—makes this ancient monster unique.
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Indiana

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Iowa

bulletUniversity of Iowa Museum of Natural History

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Kansas

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Kentucky

bulletBig Bone Lick State Historic Site

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Louisiana


Maine

bulletL.C. Bates Museum

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Maryland

bulletThomas Stone National Historic Site

In celebration of National Fossil Day, the Thomas Stone National Historic Site in Charles County, Maryland is hosting an event for families and the public on Saturday, October 17 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the historic site. Fun fossil themed activities, will include identification of local fossils, making your own fossil, etc. These activities will be presented by local park rangers and volunteers.
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Massachusetts

bulletHarvard Museum of Natural History

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bulletMarine and Paleobiological Research Institute

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bulletOak Bluffs Public Library

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Michigan

bulletUniversity of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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bulletMichigan State University Museum

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Minnesota

bulletMississippi River Fund

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bulletScience Museum of Minnesota

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Mississippi

bulletDunn-Seiler Geology Museum at Mississippi State University

During Earth Science Week (October 11-17), the fifth National Fossil Day will be celebrated on October 14, 2015. For this special event, the Dunn-Seiler Museum is focusing upon Cenozoic life of Mississippi—including animals from the Eocene and Pleistocene! (Did you know Mississippi's state fossil is an early Eocene whale?) Our National Fossil Day art and story contest invites you to sketch, draw, or create an animal that lived in Mississippi in the last 65 million years—including whales, mammoths, and saber tooth cats!
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Missouri

bulletBollinger County Museum of Natural History

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bulletMissouri Geological Survey, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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Montana

bulletBureau of Land Management/Pompeys Pillar National Monument

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bulletThe Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University

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bulletThe University of Montana Paleontology Center

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Nebraska

bulletAgate Fossil Beds National Monument

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bulletUniversity of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall

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Northern Mariana Islands


Nevada

bulletNevada State Museum, Las Vagas

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New Hampshire


New Jersey

bulletBergen County Zoo

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

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bulletThe Rutgers Geology Museum

The Rutgers Geology Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey will be hosting an event on Wednesday, October 7th for their monthly late night event. Help them celebrate National Fossil Day on October 14th by exploring all the fascinating creatures of the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic.
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New Mexico

bulletChaco Culture National Historical Park

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bulletMesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum

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New York

bulletAmerican Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Grand Gallery, First Floor and 4th Floor Fossil Halls

In celebration of National Fossil Day, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, New York will be hosting an event that will help students understand how studying fossils teaches us about the history of life, past climates, and ancient landscapes. Activities explore fossil formation, extinction theories, fossil diversity and much more.
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bulletGreat Swamp Conservancy

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bulletMuseum of the Earth

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North Carolina

bulletDiscovery Place

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bulletNorth Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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North Dakota

bulletFargo Public Library

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Ohio

bulletCincinnati Museum Center

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bulletKent State University, Department of Geology

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bulletUS Army Corps of Engineers at Caesar Creek Lake

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Oklahoma


Oregon

bulletMuseum of Natural and Cultural History

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Pennsylvania

bulletThe State Museum of Pennsylvania

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bulletNittany Mineralogical Society, Inc.

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bulletPennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association

We are compiling information and events taking place across the state and resources available through the PAESTA website on our ESW/National Fossil Day page. We have also coordinated with the Delaware County Institute of Science (Media, PA) for them to do a special display during Earth Science Week of the Pennsylvania State Fossil, Phacops rana.

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Puerto Rico


Rhode Island


South Carolina


South Dakota

bulletBadlands National Park

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bulletThe Journey Museum

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Tennessee

bulletGray Fossil Site

Visitors are invited to participate in all-ages activities at the East Tennessee State University Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site on Saturday, October 10th for National Fossil Day. At 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., the museum will offer a variety of fun fossil activities for all ages. There will also be a public lecture that will be announced soon.
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bulletMcClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

Can You Dig It? National Fossil and Archaeology
Date & Time: Sunday, October 11, 2015, 1:30-5 p.m
Location: 1327 Circle Park Drive

In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee, and the Archaeological Institute of America, East Tennessee Society, are hosting Can You Dig It?—an event for families and the public on Sunday, October 11 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. at the Museum.

A number of activities for children, including games, demonstrations, and take home crafts related to archaeology and fossils, will be available. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification by experts. Archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists will be on hand to talk with visitors about their work, and present displays about their research around the world. All activities are free and open to the public.
Public Contact: 865-974-2144 or museum@utk.edu
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Texas

bulletDallas Paleontological Society

Mark your calendars for October 12-13, 2015! The FOSSIL Project and the Dallas Paleontological Society are happy to announce that they will host a mini conference prior to the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting scheduled for Oct 14-17. Details are still being finalized, but there will be field trips, a townhall meeting, breakout sessions, and a special vert paleo guest speaker. Don't miss it!
Start: Monday, October 12, 2015 at 6 am
End: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8pm
Location: Dallas, TX
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bulletDinosaur Valley State Park

Come and join Dinosaur Valley State Park in celebrating National Fossil Day October 17, 2015 from 2 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.
  • Cookie Excavation: Children will be acting as paleontologists extracting fragile chocolate chips from a cookie.
  • Art Contest: Best dinosaur pictures will be judged and rewarded with prize.

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bulletMineral Wells Fossil Park

National Fossil Day will be celebrated at the Mineral Wells Fossil Park in Mineral Wells, TX on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
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bulletTexas Memorial Museum

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Admission: FREE (donations welcome)

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. Join Texas Memorial Museum in this nationwide event, promoting awareness of fossils and the science of paleontology.
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bulletWaco Mammoth Site

In celebration of National Fossil Day, Waco Mammoth National Monument in Waco, Texas is hosting a Fall Fossil Festival. This year will be their 5th Fall Fossil Festival, but the first as a newly designated National Park Service Monument. The festival will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the monument. It is open to the public and activities will include tours of the fossil beds, art contests, crafts, games, exhibitors, food, etc.
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Utah

bulletBLM Canyon Country District/Utah Friends of Paleontology/Moab Information Center/Canyonlands Natural History Association/Museum of Moab

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bulletBLM Canyon Country District/Utah Friends of Paleontology/Moab Information Center/Canyonlands Natural History Association/Museum of Moab
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bulletSt. George Dinosaur Discovery Site

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Vermont


Virginia


Virgin Islands


Washington

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West Virginia

bulletC&O Canal National Historical Park

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bulletClay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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Wisconsin


Wyoming

bulletBighorn Basin Geoscience Center

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bulletTate Geological Museum

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More to come...

Many activities 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: August 31, 2015