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National Fossil Day 2014 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.

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bulletUniversity of Alabama Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day 2014
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 15th 2014 4-6 pm
Location: Smith Hall, University of Alabama Campus, Tuscaloosa, AL
Visit us from 4-6 pm to see fossils, 3-D scanning and printing of fossils, and paleontology themed arts and crafts.
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bulletThe University of West Alabama, the Geological Survey of Alabama, the Alabama Geological Society, and the Birmingham Paleontological Society

Date & time: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 8:30 AM to 4 PM

Location: At the AOWA Center at The University of West Alabama and other locations

A one-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 Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks, a major resource for teaching about the geology of Alabama, and three Discovering Alabama DVDs: Geologic History of Alabama, Tracks Across Time, and Black Belt Part I.

This course supports Alabama Course of Study/Science Processes and Applications in all grades, high school Geology and Earth & Space Science electives, and life-science concepts at all grade levels.

The workshop begins at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, where participants learn basic geologic field techniques. Next, they visit 2 or more fossiliferous outcrops near Livingston. Fossils include oysters, other bivalves, snails, bryozoan, 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.
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bulletGlen Canyon NRA

National Fossil Day Event 2014
Date: October 15, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Desert View Intermediate School, Page, Arizona
National Park Service Staff and volunteers from the Page Middle School Science and Service Learning Club will host National Fossil Day activities for 3rd and 4th grade students at Desert View Intermediate after school. Activities will include studying Glen Canyon fossils up close with park staff, learning about trace fossils and hands-on crafts to take home and share. Students will learn about the amazing plants and animals that called this area home long ago and will understand why preservation of prehistoric life is so important. Estimated number of participants: 60-65 students.
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bulletNational Park Service - Flagstaff Area National Monuments

Life in Prehistoric Flagstaff
Date & Time: 10/15 @ 2pm, 10/19 @ 10am & 2pm
Location: Wupatki National Monument - Visitor Center
Special Ranger program on the fossils and prehistoric life found in the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. Event on Sun, 10/19 will included fossil specimens on special loan from the Museum of Northern Arizona for a unique opportunity for public display.
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bulletPetrified Forest National Park

Celebrate National Fossil Day at Arizona's Triassic Park
Location: Po Box 2217 Petrified Forest, AZ 86028
Date & Time: 10/15/14, 9 am until 2 pm
Learn about ongoing paleontological research in the park at the Painted Desert Visitor Complex (exit 311 off Interstate 40) 9am-2pm. Free! 9:30-11:30 join a park paleontologist for a moderately strenuous 2 mile hike to the Dying Grounds. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center (exit 311 off Interstate 40) at 9am or at the Tepees Parking area at 9:30am. Be sure to bring water, a hat, good shoes, sun screen and snacks. $10 entrance fee or park pass applies. Lab and collections tours will take place at 11am and 1pm. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center (exit 311 off Interstate 40). Tours generally last 40 min. Free!
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bulletMuseum of Discovery

National Fossil Day
Location: 500 President Clinton Ave, Ste. 150, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 2014 10am - 3pm
The Museum of Discovery is excited to host National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 11, 10-3pm. This special event will promote and celebrate the educational and scientific values of fossils and feature hands-on activities, crafts, and an opportunity to view local and international fossil specimens! A paleontologist will be present to examine fossils that visitors bring to the event. Participating community partners include the Arkansas Discovery Network, the Arkansas Geological Survey, the Arkansas State University Museum, the University of Arkansas - Little Rock Anthropology Department, the University of Arkansas - Little Rock Earth Sciences Department, and the Virtual Fossil Museum.
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bulletThe Paleontology Society of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®

What's Under Your Feet? Fossils of the Anza-Borrego Desert
Date & Time: October 25, 1pm to 4pm, October 26, 9am to noon
Location: Stout Research Center, 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, Ca
Join us to celebrate National Fossil Day and the new fossil discoveries from the Anza-Borrego Desert. Our Laboratory and Collection Hall will be open for tours and many Paleontology Society members will be on hand to talk about what they've found "under their feet"! Meet at the ABDSP Visitors Center for the short walk to the Stout Research Center. Our new email address is
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bulletFossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Fossil Day 2014
Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 - 4
Location: 19450 Avenue 21 1/2, Chowchilla, CA
We will have a short movie about the fossil site, exhibits, a screen washing demonstration, tours of the "Pleistocene Pond" and atlatl throwing. Mock Dig for the kids, Chaffee Zoo will have live animals, Museum open to all.
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bulletLaguna Hills Community Center

"Return to the Ice Age" event!
This event is open to the public and we will have several activities for the public to participate it. In addition to the activities, Maggie Carrino will give a brief discussion on the fossil history of the city and then we will show the movie "Ice Age". We chose the movie Ice Age because there is a significant Pleistocene-age deposit underlying the Community Center. Several of the unearthed fossils are on exhibit in the community center. We have some of the NPS paleo handbooks and badges to distribute to participants.
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bulletMarin County Free Library/Mobile Library Services

Dig for shark's teeth on National Fossil Day!
Date & Time: October 15th, 8:30 to 12 noon
Location: 3 one room schools, Marin County
We'll be bringing a traveling rock and fossil presentation to 3 schools in rural Marin County. We will have a fossil dig, fossil identification and sorting, and field guide exercises. One of our fossils is a Megalodon tooth. Did you know that the Megalodon was twice as long as our Bookmobile?
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bulletThe Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

National Fossil Day Celebration
Date & Time: October 15, 2014 / 8am - 5pm
Location: 1175 W. Baseline Rd., Claremont, CA 91711
Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology with a special admission fee of $3 per person (4 and under are free) and special open hours - 8:00am to 5:00pm. Visitors will enjoy new additions to our Fossil Touch Table, a museum exhibit "Scavenger Hunt" and take home an Alf Museum bag with fun fossil activity pages and a souvenir!
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bulletWestern Science Center

National Fossil Day Lecture "Biting off more than you can chew"
Location: 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet CA 92543
Date & Time: October 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Learn about the life of a 14 Million year old whale.
Speaker: Dr. Alton Dooley, WSC Executive Director
Time: 7:00 PM In the Western Science Center Theater
Cost: Free to Members, $5.00 for Students w/ID, $8.00 for Non-Members
Public Contact: 951-791-0033
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bulletDenver Museum of Nature and Science

National Fossil Day 2014
Date & Time: Sunday, October 12th from 10a-4p
Location: 2001 Colorado Blvd Denver, CO 80205
Visit Prehistoric Journey to explore the history of life on Earth, watch volunteers clean fossils in the Schlessman Family Laboratory of Earth Sciences and participate in exciting fossil themed activities throughout the Museum. Meet paleontologists from the museum and see specimens from our Earth Science collections. Partner organizations including the National Park Service, Western Interior Paleontological Society, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration will be featuring fun activities for earth science enthusiasts of all ages.
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bulletLoveland Public Library

Paleontology of National Parks: Millions of Years of History Waiting to be Discovered
Date & time : October 8 6:00 P.M.
Location: 300 N Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537
Event description: Public Lecture by Dr. Greg McDonald. McDonald is the Senior Curator of Natural History in the National Park Service's Park Museum Management Program. He started with the park service as the paleontologist at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Idaho and has also served as the paleontology program manager in the Geologic Resource Division.
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bulletMuseum of Western Colorado and Dinosaur Journey Museum

National Fossil Day 2014
Date & time of event: October 15, 2014; 10:00-4:00pm
Location: Dinosaur Journey, 550 Jurassic Court, Fruita, CO 81521
New exhibit opening: Dinosaur Graveyard, museum scavenger hunts, fossil demonstrations, and Paleo Lab tours (limit 10 per tour).
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bulletUniversity of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Trilobite Treats
Location: Broadway and 15th St on the CU-Boulder Campus, Boulder, CO
Date & Time: October 15 and 16. Lunchtime and after school
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 and after school! Please note that we'll be doing this activity from 11am-1pm and 3-5pm. FREE.
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bulletYale Peabody Museum of Natural History

¡Fiesta Latina!
Location: 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut
Date & Time: Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join us for our 12th annual celebration of Latin American cultures! We'll enjoy performances of traditional and contemporary Latin American music and dance, along with games, a fossil dig, live animals, crafts, face painting, and other activities for the whole family. Free admission.
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bulletNational Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.

National Geographic Museum Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
Date & Time: Oct. 15, Open Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: 1145 17th Street, NW (17th and M), Washington, DC 20036, 202-857-7700
To celebrate National Fossil Day, The National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. is offering buy one, get one free admission to see "Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous" on October 15 in celebration of National Fossil Day. Use code FOSSIL to redeem the offer (valid for online purchases only).

Meet the largest predatory dinosaur ever to roam the Earth in "Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous" at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. In the exhibit, journey to the remote edges of the Sahara to discover the mysterious origins of this bizarre, larger than T. rex dinosaur. Also meet Paleontologists Nizar Ibrahim and Paul Sereno for a National Geographic Live talk on October 16.
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bulletSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Kirk Johnson

Live Webcasts on "Mass Extinction: Solving the Dinosaur Mystery" featuring Kirk Johnson
Date & Time: Oct. 8, 2014 at 11 am and 2 pm (ET)
Location: Smithsonian Science How Live Webcast
To celebrate National Fossil Day, meet Dr. Kirk Johnson, a paleobotanist and Director of the National Museum of Natural History. See how he and other experts joined forces to figure out what happened at the end of the Cretaceous, 66 million years ago. Examine evidence for the causes, the consequences, and the aftermath of the mass extinction of life on Earth. These free, interactive, TV-style webcast programs will introduce students to core science concepts through the lens of Smithsonian research and experts, providing positive STEM role models and a connection to science in their lives. Classroom activities, lessons, readings, and other resources support each webcast program. Learn more and register here.

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bulletArchaeologists for Autism

Archaeologists for Autism
Date/Time: Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10 am to 3 pm
Location: Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area, 6195 N. Tropical Trail Merritt Island, FL 32953
The Archaeologists for Autism mission is to unlock the potential of children with developmental disabilities. We aim to provide children with autism spectrum disorders and their families a chance to experience archaeology (and paleontology) in a fun, low stress environment. At our Archeologists for Autism event, children on the autism spectrum and their families will be walking the grounds of an actual archaeological site and be able to enjoy a wide range of activities related to archaeology and paleontology, live music, face-painting, and much more. Participants will be able to use social skills, and use various functional skills, all while having fun! This is a very special day where children with ASD can interact with typical peers and wow families with their capabilities.
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bulletFlorida Paleontological Society

— NFD 2014 MEGA EVENT !—

Family Night & National Fossil Day Celebration
Date: October 4th, 2014
Location: South Florida Museum, 201 - 10th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Time: Museum hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special Family Night Event extended hours. Clubs and Vendor Displays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come join us in celebrating this year’s National Fossil Day. The South Florida Museum is excited to be a host institution this year and to partner with local and state agencies, organizations and clubs. Guests can come and meet real paleontologists and geologists who work everyday to uncover the secrets fossils reveal about our ancient Earth.
Special 1/2 price admission to museum all day! $9 adults, $8 Seniors 65+, $7 children, kids under 4 FREE. Outside Fossil Display Tables & Free Kids Dig Pit Sponsored by Mosaic.
Activities: Speakers, Fossil Displays, Fossil Giveaways, Kids Fossil Dig Pit, Junior Paleontologist Badge Program presented by the De Soto National Memorial Park Rangers, Special Screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure at 4:15 pm in the Bishop Planetarium (a National Geographic film, unrated family friendly, 40 min), Stone Knapping Demonstrations, and more!

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

  • Florida Paleontological Society (NFD Partner)

  • Florida Fossil Hunters (NFD Partner)

  • Southwest Florida Fossil Society (NFD Partner)

  • South Florida Museum (NFD Partner)

  • Florida Museum of Natural History (NFD Partner)

  • Florida Geological Survey (NFD Partner)

  • Florida Geological Foundation (NFD Partner)

  • Fossil Club of Lee County (NFD Partner)

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bulletFlorida Museum of Natural History

Megalodon Exhibit Celebration
Date & Time: October 26, 2014 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 3215 Hull Road, Powell Hall, Gainesville, Florida 32611, Phone 352-846-2000
Join the Museum for a "fun-for-all-ages" celebration of our newest featured exhibit, Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived. While the exhibit has an admission fee, the exhibit celebration activities are free and an exciting first stop on a journey to learn more about this gigantic prehistoric shark! Take part in family-friendly activities and enjoy the opportunity to interact with Florida Museum researchers and other local shark experts as well as representatives from area fossil clubs.
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bulletTampa Bay Fossil Club and Florida Aquarium

Fossil Day at the Aquarium
Date & Time: October 11, 2014
Location: Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Fossil displays of specimens found throughout Florida. Kids events in crafts, fossil bingo, and sand pit dig for fossils. Displays of fossils will be exhibited with their living counterparts, for example, sharks, turtles, fish, alligators, birds, etc.
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bulletFernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center's National Fossil Day Event 2014
Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 2014 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Location: Fernbank Science Center Event Description:
Fossil displays, a make and take fossils, dig for shark teeth, a lecture from a local paleontologist and door prizes!
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bulletGeorgia College Museum, Georgia College Natural History Museum, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway Exhibit and associated lectures
Date & Time: October 15 Exhibit open 10-4; Lectures start at 6:30
Location: Georgia College Museum of Natural History
"Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway" Exhibit featuring 19 framed color prints and five large-scale murals of Ray Troll's whimsical, fossil-inspired artwork, all of which were created for a book of the same title, published by Troll and Kirk Johnson in 2007. The exhibit combines visuals and stories from the book with real fossil specimens from the Georgia College Museum of Natural History. Public Lectures: 6:30 p.m. in Room 2-72 of the Arts and Sciences Building: Dr. Dennis Parmley, Georgia College professor, presents "The Eocene Snakes of Central Georgia." 7:30 p.m. in Room 2-72 of the Arts and Sciences Building: Dr. Alfred Mead, Georgia College professor, presents "Georgia's ice age Wildlife."
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bulletKa'u Learning Academy

Thomas Jefferson to Johnson Space Center: America's Fossil History
Date & time of event: October 21, 2014 at 6:00pm
Location: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Visitor Center
Ka'u Learning Academy co-founder Joe Iacuzzo, the official Hawaii representative for the National Park Service National Fossil Day, will present a talk titled "Thomas Jefferson to Johnson Space Center: America's Fossil History." Thomas Jefferson was an avid fossil collector who was trying to understand the prehistoric past of the new United States. In 2008, Joe Iacuzzo was the project manager for a team of scientists who worked at NASA to study the most complete dinosaur fossil ever discovered. The incredible advances in science that allowed for the NASA research were set in motion by a host of early American scientists, including Jefferson. The evolution of how we understand prehistoric life and the technologies available to researchers would make Jefferson's head spin! Joe worked for six years on Jurassic Park at Universal Pictures and co-produced an award-winning dinosaur documentary film for Discovery Channel. He has been involved with numerous dinosaur discoveries and is the most widely read dinosaur science writer in the world.
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bulletChildren's Discovery Museum

National Fossil Day
Date & Time: 10/15/14, 10am to 1pm
Location: 2nd floor of CDM @ the Innovation Station
We will be excavating "fossils" and have a variety of real fossils available for visitors to examine. We will discuss what a paleontologist is and what it takes to become one.
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bulletIllinois State Museum

National Fossil Day & The Great ShakeOut
Date & time: Thursday, November 16
Location: 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL
In celebration of Earth Science week, the Museum will hold hands-on science activities relating to earthquakes and fossils. Activities will include testing building constructions on a shake table, seismic experiments, using real fossils to make fossil rubbings, and interacting with scientists. Special events will include an international earthquake drill at 10:16 am, a special fossil show from 5:00-7:00 pm, and a talk entitled Central U.S. Earthquakes: What We Know and What to Expect given by Robert Bauer from the Illinois State Geological Survey at 7:00 pm.
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bulletUniversity of Iowa Museum of Natural History

Earth Science Week Celebration
Date & Time: Sunday, October 12th, 2014, 2-4 pm
Location: University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Iowa Hall
Rock and Fossil Identification Table: featuring experts from the Iowa Geological Survey and the UI Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Hands-on demonstrations and activity tables with rocks and fossils from Iowa, Informational handouts and children's activity books. Public Contacts: Julia DeSpain or Sarah Horgen at
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bulletBig Bone Lick State Historic Site

Ordovician Fossil Roundup
Location: 3380 Beaver Road, Union, KY 41091
Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 1:00 PM
The Upper Ordovician strata of the tri-state region of southwestern Ohio, southeastern Indiana, and northern Kentucky are among the most fossil-laden rocks of North America. The degree of preservation is outstanding. Fossil hunting kids are invited to join an interpreter for a 1-hour, creek-bed fossil hunt. Along the way, we'll consider our finds on the spot and discuss what the region was like when the now fossilized animals were alive and well. Space is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Advanced registration is required. To register, send an e-mail to Registrants are taken on a first come, first served basis. *Please note that all fossil finds must remain on site following the program.
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bulletL.C. Bates Museum

Amazing Fossils
Date & Time: October 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM
Location: L.C.Bates Museum, 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME 04944
The Amazing Fossils program will look at what fossils tell us about Maine’s geological history and we will learn about different fossils in the collection and their history. Young visitors may explore our fossil discovery box and make a cast of a fossil.
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Earth Science Family Day Program about Rocks and Fossils
Date & Time: October 18, 2014 at 1 PM
Location: L.C.Bates Museum, 14 Easler Road, Hinckley, ME 04944
An Earth Science Family program that includes guided tours of the fossil exhibit, a program about fossils and hands-on children’s fossil activities.
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bulletHarvard Museum of Natural History

Earth Science Week
Tuesday, October 14 (3:30 pm) - Explore some of the wonders of Harvard's gem collection with Dr. Raquel Alonso-Perez, Curator of Harvard's Mineralogical & Geological Museum
Wednesday, October 15 - National Fossil Day! Visit the museum anytime in the afternoon to explore fossils with experienced volunteers. Graduate student paleontologists will be in the museum to share some of their favorite fossils with visitors from 1:00-2:00 pm and from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
All week - Visit the galleries to earn how scientists map faults and try to predict earthquakes, trace our planet's history in the "Earth through Time" display, and touch a meteorite from outer space that's 4.6 billion years old.
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bulletMarine and Paleobiological Research Institute

National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Public Library
Date & Time: Thursday 16 October 2014 from 4pm to 7:45pm
Location: Oak Bluffs Public Library, 56R School Street, Oak Bluffs, MA ph. 508-693-9433
Come celebrate National Fossil Day on Martha's Vineyard. The event is free to all, and everyone is invited. This is a drop-in and mingle event. Bring fossils to show to others or to ask about. Or just come and see what others bring. Share knowledge with Anna Carringer of the MV Museum, Dr. Maurice Tivey of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, prehistorian and artist Duncan Caldwell, dinosaur hunter and ophthalmologist Dr. Henry Kriegstein, avocational archaeologist and collector Bill Moody, paleobotanist and landscape designer Dr. Alicia Lesnikowska, diving contractors and instructors Heidi Raihofer and Joe Leonardo, grade schoolers Jacob and Sam Gurney who like to travel to fossil destinations on family vacations, artist and swim instructor Michael Wooley, Sondra Murphy of the OB Library, Fred Hotchkiss, and others. This event is for all ages. Students and families are especially welcome. Last year some attendees brought fossils of beauty, interest and variety, most of which were found on the island; others described things they had found but did not have in hand. The presenters showed to the interested public, and especially to youngsters, special pieces from their private collections. They shared their knowledge and passion, and they mingled and conversed and listened and explained. Last year we had about 180 people drop in—many grade schoolers with parents; but all age groups came.

bulletOak Bluffs Public Library

See above activity with the Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute

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bulletUniversity of Michigan Museum of Natural History

ID Day
Date & Time: Noon-5pm on Sunday, October 5, 2014
Location: 1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor MI, 48109
This is your chance to bring in objects and artifacts for identification by experts. Items such as fossils, bones, shells, rocks, insects, arrowheads, and more are welcome! If you don't have an object to bring, come anyway. The experts bring items from their collections and look forward to talking with you! (Sorry, no appraisals will be given.) This year we will also be celebrating National Fossil Day! Children can earn their National Park Service Paleontologist Junior Ranger Badge.
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bulletMichigan State University Museum

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the MSU Museum
Date & Time: Saturday, October 18. 10:00 - 12:00 Teacher Workshops, 12:30 - 4:00 hands-on activities for the public
Location: MSU Museum, 409 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824
Event Description:

10:00 - Noon Teacher Workshops: pre-registration required, go to Elementary and secondary levels. Topics include: use of fossils to address NGSS; constructing geologic history from fossil evidence; fossil identification helpful for Science Olympiad

12:30 - 4:00 Family Fossil Fun: FREE Public Event. Hands-on activities for the entire family, including a fossil dig & sift, scavenger hunt, fossil molds and models to make and take, face painting, iPad fossil trivia contest (with prizes!), Michigan Geological Survey/CoreKids Program - examine core samples containing fossils, and more!

1:00 - 4:00 Special opportunity for educators: A "fossils only" version of MESTA's famous Rock Shop will be set up for educators to acquire invertebrate fossils for study in the classroom or at home.
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bulletMississippi River Fund

Second Saturday Fossil and Rock Day
Location: Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South, Minneapolis, MN
Date & Time: Saturday October 11 9 AM - noon
SATURDAY October 11 9:00 AM - Noon Paleontology: Fossils & Rocks at Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South, Mpls, MN Touch and see fossils, rocks and ore samples, and take a fossil walk to scout some park fossils, which are more than 450 million years old. For details about Coldwater Spring, volunteering, upcoming events and our blog.
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bulletScience Museum of Minnesota

Fossil Day
Date & Time: Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Location: throughout the museum Event Description:
We'll have dinosaur and fossil-related activities throughout the museum; fossil collectors sharing their personal collections, and volunteers preparing fossils. The event is free with museum admission.
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bulletDunn-Seiler Geology Museum at Mississippi State University

2014 National Fossil Day Contest for Mississippi
Date & Time: Entries due October 9, 2014
Location: Department of Geosciences, Hilbun Hall 355 Lee, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Creative writing and fossil art contest of Mississippi's ancient organisms
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bulletBollinger County Museum of Natural History

National Fossil Day Celebration
Location: 207 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill, Missouri
Date & Time: October 18 from 11:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Visit The Bollinger County Museum of Natural History in Marble Hill, Missouri to celebrate National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 18 from 11:00 4:30 p.m. Learn about the Missouri dinosaur discoveries, see bones from our state dinosaur plus a full size replica of the Missouri dinosaur, Hypsibema missouriense, and watch as our scientists work on a bone bed from the dinosaur dig site. Enjoy exhibits of fossils from around the world, dinosaur bones and replicas, geology, and Ice Age exhibits. Bring in your fossils and "finds" for our geologist to identify. Pick up a free crinoid stem to add to your fossil collection when you visit us on October 18. In honor of fossil day we will have special fossil collections for purchase in our gift shop. Children's activities include our fossil art contest and show for 18 years and under, fossil dig, make your own fossil to take home, fossil scavenger hunt, ages 5-12 years earn your Jr. Paleontologist badge, and dinosaur dig. Activities free with museum admission.
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bulletMissouri Geological Survey, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Capitol Fossils Tour
Location: Missouri State Capitol
Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Capitol Fossils Tour Wednesday, Oct. 15 Join us October 15 at the Missouri State Capitol and see fossils in the limestone walls, floors and stairways of the building. Self-guided tours may be taken at your leisure beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m. Read the recent Missouri Resources magazine article that higlights some of the fossils in limestone of the Capitol and see the brochure that shows many of the fossil locations.
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Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology Tours
Location: Missouri Geological Survey, Missouri DNR, 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, Mo.
Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology Wednesday, Oct. 15 Visitors to the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology October 15 will receive a small Crinoid fossil, which is the official state fossil of Missouri. The museum is located at the Missouri Geological Survey, MoDNR facility at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, Mo. Self-guided tours of the museum are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note: The facility will be closed Monday, Oct. 13 in observance of Columbus Day.
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bulletBureau of Land Management/Pompeys Pillar National Monument

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bulletThe Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University

Fossil Festival
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 15, 4 - 6pm
Location: 600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59717 Event Description:
Join MOR in celebrating National Fossil Day. Children ages 5-12 can become a "Junior Paleontologist" and receive an official badge or certificate from the National Park Service by completing fossil activities. Explore the ways that paleontologists work, learn about Earth's history, ancient plants and animals, and discover how you can protect fossils through engaging hands-on activities.
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bulletThe University of Montana Paleontology Center

National Fossil Day Celebration
The University of Montana Paleontology Center invites the public to "dust off them bones and party with paleontologists" at the fifth annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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

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

Also this year, the first 40 people who sign up for a new Friends of the UMPC membership will receive a promotional UMPC T-shirt. Cash or checks only will be accepted.

The UMPC collections represent the ancient heritage of Montana and western North America. There are more than 100,000 vertebrate, invertebrate and plant specimens in the research collection, which was started in 1898.
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bulletAgate Fossil Beds National Monument

National Fossil Day at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Location: 301 River Road Harrison, NE 69346 34 miles north of Mitchell, NE or 22 miles south of Harrison on Hwy. 29
Date & Time: October 18, 2014 from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Festivities for the National Fossil Day at Agate Fossil Beds will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 18 with children's activities lasting throughout the day. At 10:30 a.m., Ranger Fred MacVaugh will lead a hike to the historic quarries on the Fossil Hills Trail. At 1 p.m. the dynamic Dr. Emmett Evanoff from the University of Northern Colorado will present, "Animals, Plants, Volcanoes, and Ancient Climate Change; the Fauna and Flora of the White River Group of the Great Plains." After his talk Dr. Evanoff and some of his students will conduct a "Fossil Roadshow" and identify fossils that visitors bring in.
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bulletUniversity of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall

Fossil Day at the Museum
Date & time of event: Oct. 9, 5:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Morrill Hall, 14th and Vine Streets, Lincoln, NE
In celebration of National Fossil Day the University of Nebraska State Museum invites children and families to a special paleontology themed night at Morrill Hall. The event will feature activities that "dig" into the work of paleontology. Visitors will learn what a fossil is, have the opportunity to dig for fossils like paleontologists, and learn more about the paleontology of Nebraska. Visitors are welcome to bring a fossil for a scientist to identify. Mueller Planetarium will present a special fulldome showing of "Dinosaurs at Dusk" at 7pm.
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bulletNevada State Museum, Las Vagas

Third Annual Fossil Naming Contest (online)
Date & time of event: From September 15 - October 10th
It's that time of year again. In celebration of National Fossil Day on October 15, 2014 the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas will hold its third annual fossil-naming contest. Since the State of Nevada is celebrating its 150-year anniversary of statehood, what better fossil to name than the State Fossil the ichthyosaur? (ichthyosaur is pronounced ick-thee-oh-sore).

Beginning September 15th through the 29th naming suggestions can be emailed to . Please include the reason for the name you have chosen. The more unique and clever the name the better your chances are of becoming a finalist. Three finalists will be selected by museum staff, and the public can vote online for their favorite name between October 3rd and October 8th. The ichthyosaurs new name will be announced on October 10th. The winner and his or her family will be invited to a private fossil naming ceremony as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's Natural History collections.
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New Jersey

bulletBergen County Zoo

National Fossil Day
Date & time: October 12th From 10:30 to 3:30
Locaton: 216 Forest Avenue, Praramus, NJ in the Zoo Education Center
Talks about this year's official fossil, the Amazing Aetosaur, will be held in the zoo's education center. See real fossils on display!
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bulletNew Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association & New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

New Jersey Science Convention
Date & Time: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 14th & 15th, 2014
Location: Princeton Marriott Forrestal Event Description:
NJDEP and NJESTA are proud once again to exhibit/present at one of the nation’s largest Science Teacher Conventions. This year we will be presenting "Data-Rich Earth and Space Science Activities to Engage Students" at our ESLab workshop and featuring the "Prehistoric Life of New Jersey" fossil display at our booth. This display features native NJ fossils from the Pre-Cambrian up to the Ice Age! Free fossil samples from the Miocene Period will be handed out to attendees. The full powerpoint presentation "Extinct New Jersey" can be downloaded at the NJESTA website. Have a great National Fossil Day!
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bulletThe Rutgers Geology Museum

Dinosaur Late Night
Date & Time: Wednesday October 1st from 4-8 pm
Location: Rutgers Geology Museum, 85 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Visit the Rutgers Geology Museum on Wednesday, October 1st for our monthly late night event. Help us celebrate National Fossil Day on October 15th by exploring the kings of the Mesozoic! Rutgers University Geologists will be present to talk about some myths and misconceptions commonly associated with the Dinosaurs. Demonstrations, arts and crafts and educational activities will be set up around the museum for this event and people are welcome to come and go as they please. We encourage all ages to come participate and learn something new!
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bulletThe Rutgers Geology Museum

Fossil Field Trip
Date & Time: Saturday October 4, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm
Location: Big Brook Park, Colts Neck, NJ
Join the Rutgers Geology Museum on a fossil field trip to the Big Brook Preserve located in Colts Neck, NJ! During this trip you will be able to find your very own fossils with the guidance of Rutgers University geologists. This field trip is great for all ages and guaranteed fun for everyone. Prior registration and payment is required for this event. Address and directions will be provided after completing registration.
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New Mexico

bulletChaco Culture National Historical Park

National Fossil Day and International Archaeology Day Celebration
Location: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Nageezi, NM
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 15 & Saturday, October 18, 2014
Celebrate National Fossil Day and International Archaeology Day at Chaco Culture NHP. Park staff and volunteers will provide interactive programs, demonstrations, and activities in the Visitor Center Courtyard as well as special guided walks through Pueblo Bonito. Schedule of Programs:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (National Fossil Day) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m: Chaco's Deep Time History: learn about the geologic and paleontological history of Chaco before it was a canyon. Earn a Junior Paleontologist badge through activities, fossil displays, specimen handling, casting and molding demonstrations, and a simulated paleontological excavation. Archaeological displays will also be available. Location: Visitor Center courtyard. 4 p.m.: Ranger guided fossil walk through Pueblo Bonito. Meet at Pueblo Bonito trail head (1 hour).
Saturday, October 18, 2014 (International Archaeology Day) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Digging into Archaeology: a simulated excavation of an archaeological dig. Preserving Chaco: learn about preservation techniques and methods used for preserving prehistoric architecture. Paleontological specimen displays will also be available. Location: Visitor Center courtyard. 1 p.m.: The 15-meter Transect: Surveying on the Ground: learn about archaeological survey methods, mapping, recording, and interpreting archaeological sites. This program is a simulated survey that will take place in the Visitor Center amphitheatre (1 hour). 4 p.m.: Guided walk with paleontologist and archaeologist through Pueblo Bonito. Meet at Pueblo Bonito trail head (1 hour).
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bulletMesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum

Celebration of National Fossil Day
Date & time: October 10th and 11th, from noon to 5pm.
Location: Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum, located in Tucumcari, New Mexico, on old Route 66.
See a the world's only life-sized bronze replica of the AMAZING AETOSAUR, this year's "featured creature" for National Fossil Day logo. Visitors will see genuine fossils collected from students enrolled in our two-year Paleontology program as wells as life-sized bronzes created through the Fine/Arts Bronze program at Mesalands Community College. The MCC Dinosaur Museum will offer FREE admission on October 10th and 11th in celebration of National Fossil Day from noon to 5pm.

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New York

bulletGreat Swamp Conservancy

Mammoths in Your Backyard!
Location: 8375 North Main St., Canastota, NY 13032
Date & Time: October 15 through December 31, Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm
Mammoths once grazed the grasses of the Great Swamp Conservancy. Get your hands on original and replica fossil remains of these and other mammals that lived in New York 25 Thousand years ago. Learn about Beecher's Trilobite Bed, the unique fossil history of the Mohawk Valley. Make a fossil rubbing of a Giant Trilobite to add to your collection.Meet Citizen Scientist Simon and find out how Ordovician fossils like Eurypterid, Sea Scorpion, the official New York State fossil, contribute to our understanding of Central New York's natural history and Earth's evolution. Come nose to nose with Allosaurus, Different Lizard. Follow in his foot prints down "The Road to Fossilization." Get the scoop on Dino poop. Adopt a fossil to take home. Examine evidence of Archaeopteryx, first bird. Engineer your own flying model. Discuss the importance of resource stewardship and the ethics of collecting original fossils vs. using replicas while studying an original petrified log. Discover the fun of fossils in your backyard. And more. The exhibit kicks off October 15 and runs through December 31.
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bulletMuseum of the Earth

Fossil Mania
Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10am - 2pm
Location: 1259 Trumansburg Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850
Children's Activities 10am - 1pm; Presentation 1pm - 2pm Activities include Fossil ID, Make Your Own Fossil, Prep Lab Demos, Touchable Fossil Table and more! Warren Allmon, the director of the Paleontological Research Institution, will give a presentation on Mesozoic Ecosystems.
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North Carolina

bulletDiscovery Place

Fossil Day
Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10AM-5PM
Location: Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202 Event Description:
Step back in time with Discovery Place as we explore the past! Fossil Day, free with museum admission, features fossil collections, fossil crafts, digging for fossils, and much more! Also, the IMAX Discovery Film will be discounted up to 50% for National Fossil Day.
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bulletNorth Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Fossil Fair 2014
Date & Time: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9am-5pm
Location: NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601 Event Description:
Got dino fever? Fossil Fair, the nation's largest event dedicated to paleontology, puts the latest science and breaking discoveries on display. Festivities abound with dozens of displays, activities and presentations by paleontologists from North Carolina and around the world.
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North Dakota

bulletFargo Public Library

Celebrate National Fossil Day @ Your Library
Date & time: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fargo Public Library (102 3rd St N, Fargo, ND)
Shell crushing and boring organisms changed the future of marine life during the Mesozoic Era. Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Main Library on Wednesday, Oct. 15 when NDSU Geologist Dr. Lydia Tackett shares the story of the Mesozoic Marine Revolution and the rise of the shell crushers! All ages are invited to this special presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Kids will also dig for a fossil to take home! This event is held in partnership with the ND Association for Women Geoscientists. No registration is required.
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bulletCincinnati Museum Center

Fossil Week
Date & Time: Oct. 15 to Oct. 19
Location: Cincinnati Museum Center Event Description:
Wed. Oct 15. Visit us on National Fossil Day for a free, fossil-themed Insights Lecture featuring Patricia H. Kelley, Paleontological Distinguished Lecturer and professor of Geology at the University of North Carolina.
Thurs. Oct 16. Explore our free exhibit Cincinnati Under the Sea in our Ruthven Gallery. Then have a cocktail in the Duke Energy Children's Museum lobby with Brenda Hunda, our curator of invertebrate paleontology, as you discuss how Ordovician fossils contribute to our understanding of Cincinnati's natural history and Earth's evolution.
Sat. Oct 18. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Become a paleontologist for a day (or longer!) and learn how fossils are formed, diagram dinosaur family trees and hear extinction theories from paleontologists, geologists and dino-experts. Share and trade for fossils in Nature's Trading Post, help our collections team identify microfossils using microscopes and create dino sounds using wind tubes. Join experts for exciting lectures and then accompany them on guided fossil field trips on October 19. This event is sure to delight dino enthusiasts of every age, from those curious about the bones in their back yard to young experts beginning their journey into the world of paleontology.
Sun. Oct. 19. Visit area fossils sites and meet with local experts about the wealth of Cincinnati fossils beneath our feet!
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bulletKent State University, Department of Geology

Earth Science Open House
Date & Time: October 18, 2014
Location: Second floor, McGilvrey Hall
Department of Geology will be open for anyone to visit our labs, try our Em-River simulator, see rocks, minerals and fossils, and ask questions about local geology. For more information, contact Carrie Schweitzer at 330-672-2505 or
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bulletUS Army Corps of Engineers at Caesar Creek Lake

Caesar Creek National Fossil Day
Date & Time: Sunday, October 19, 2014 10AM to 3PM
Location: 4020 N. Clarksville Road Waynesville, Ohio 45068 Event Description:
Come join us at Caesar Creek Lake in our celebration of National Fossil Day. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, Park Ranger from the US Army Corps of Engineers will be here to present a program on the fossils from the Ordovician, and how these ancient sea creatures are found in Ohio! It will be a fun day for the whole family while learning and collecting! Call 513-897-1050 for more information.
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bulletMuseum of Natural and Cultural History

National Fossil Day—a K-5 Celebration at the Museum
Date & Time: October 15th, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 1680 East 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
K-5 teachers are invited to register their classes for a day of hands-on learning, scientific investigation, and all things fossil! Student groups will meet paleontologists, make fossil prints, sort and identify fossils, and learn about the most interesting fossils in Oregon. A $40 per classroom, preregistration payment is required. For more information and to register, contact Robyn Anderson,
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bulletThe State Museum of Pennsylvania

Learn at Lunchtime
Date & Time: October 15, 2014 11:00 am-1:30pm
Location: Third Floor of The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with our Paleontology Volunteer Sid Hostetter to examine fossils from the Mesozoic Era.
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bulletNittany Mineralogical Society, Inc.

Charles R. Knight - Art and Geology
Location: Earth & Engineering Sciences Bld., White Course Dr., University Park PA 16802
Date & Time: October 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Paintings of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures by Charles R. Knight, the "father of paleoart," have been seen by millions in major museums, zoos, libraries, in books, and in popular films. The monthly meeting of Nittany Mineralogical Society will feature a well-illustrated presentation on Knight, his work, and its contributions to paleontology. The event has free admission, free parking, and free refreshments.
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South Dakota

bulletBadlands National Park

My Favorite Fossil (Video Conference)
Date & Time: Thursday, October 16, 9:00 am - 9:45 am MST
Location: Distance Learning Video Conference (Registration Required)
Audience: Recommended for Grades 3-5
The White River Badlands contain the largest assemblage of known late Eocene and Oligocene mammal fossils. Numerous important finds from the area have informed scientists about ancient animals, climates, and ecosystems from different geologic time periods. Oligocene fossil remains include camels, three-toed horses, oreodonts, antelope-like animals, rhinoceroses, deer-like mammals, rabbits, beavers, creodonts, land turtles, rodents and birds. During this 45 minute video conference program, students will learn about Badlands fossils from park paleontologists. Paleontologists will share their favorite fossils and discuss the scientific significance of many amazing fossils. Contact Badlands Education Specialist, Julie Johndreau, for more information.

Nature Fake (Video Conference)
Date & Time: Thursday, October 16, 10:00 am - 10:45 am MST
Location: Distance Learning Video Conference (Registration Required)
Audience: Recommended for Grades 6 and up
Nature faking uses art and science to create realistic fossil models for educational purposes. Paleontologists will demonstrate proper procedures for painting and restoring fossil props and museum exhibits. Students will ask questions and should be well prepared for an interactive question and answer session. Questions related to Badlands geology and paleontology will be answered by park scientists. Contact Badlands Education Specialist, Julie Johndreau, for more information.

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bulletThe Journey Museum

Earth Science Day
Location: 222 New York Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Come join us for our Earth Science Week celebration! Learn about earth science topics, from rocks and fossils to human artifacts and weather. National Fossil Day will also be part of the celebration with presentations and fun activities about fossil resources in South Dakota. Have you ever heard of South Dakota's "missing" National Park? Watch and learn how fossils are cleaned and try your hand at uncovering fossils in the dig boxes or sketching a fossil find!
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bulletMcClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

Can You Dig It? Archaeology and Fossil Day Celebration
Date & time: 10/12/2014, 1:30-5 pm
Location: McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996
Contact: Debbie Woodiel
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 12 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. at the Museum.

A number of activities for children, including games, demonstrations, and take home crafts related to archaeology and fossils, will be available. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification by experts. Archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists will be on hand to talk with visitors about their work, and present displays about their research around the world. All activities are free and open to the public.
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bulletDallas Zoo

Fossil Day
Location: Dallas Zoo, 650 SRL Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX, 75203
Date & Time: 10/11/14 from 10am-2pm
Join the Dallas Zoo for Fossil Day where you'll enjoy fossil filled fun with games and activities! Stop by our Nature Exchange to see what visitors just like you have discovered!
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bulletHeard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

National Fossil Day Celebration
Date & time of event: October 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 5)
Location (street address, building, room #, as appropriate): 1 Nature Place, McKinney, Texas 75069 6)
During the Heard's National Fossil Day Celebration, kids and parents will get a chance to get a hands-on experience with fossil casts and more! Dallas Paleontological Society will give away free copies of Fossil Collector's Guidebook to the North Sulphur River and fossils, while supplies last.

At 1:30 p.m., please join us for the grand opening of our newest exhibit, the Duck Creek, Garland Mosasaur Exhibit. The bones of this large marine reptile that lived in the Earth's oceans when dinosaurs walked the land will be debuted. Join us in Laughlin Hall to learn about this 85 million-year-old mosasaur and how a team of devoted volunteers took it from the rock in Garland to the museum floor.
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bulletTexas Memorial Museum

National Fossil Day Celebration
Location: 2400 Trinity St, Austin, TX -- on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin
Date & Time: October 15, 2014; 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fossil Identifications and more! Meet paleontologists from Texas Memorial Museum and the Paleontological Society of Austin (a NFD partner) to learn about your personal fossil finds and the fabulous fossil record of Texas. Explore paleontology as a career or hobby. (1st floor, Paleo Lab area) FREE Admission!
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bulletWaco Mammoth Site

Fall Fossil Festival
Date & Time: October 18, 2014 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: 6220 Steinbeck Bend, Waco, Texas Event Description:
A fun family festival! Free games with prizes, pumpkin painting, art contest, live animals, and more.

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

Monthly Public Lectures (free):
September 24, 2014 - ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist for Canyon Country, will present "The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite" about the new tracksite found north of Moab and the plans to build a publicly interpreted trail at this site. This presentation will be held at 6:00 PM at Zions Bank, (330 South Main, Moab, Utah), in the Downstairs Conference Room. This talk is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact ReBecca Hunt-Foster at or at 435-259-2179.
October 9, 2014 - ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist for Canyon Country, will present "Walking in their Footsteps: Fossil Tracks of Grand County" about the abundance of fossilized tracks known from the Moab area on public lands. This presentation will be held at the Moab Information Center at the corner of Center and Main, in Moab, Utah, at 6:00 PM. This talk is free and open to the public.
October 29, 2014 - Rob Gaston, owner of Gaston design will present a talk about his discovery in the 1990's of the very first Utahraptor and Gastonia. This presentation will be held at 6:00 PM at Zions Bank, (330 South Main, Moab, Utah), in the Downstairs Conference Room. This talk is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact ReBecca Hunt-Foster at or at 435-259-2179.

bulletBLM Canyon Country District/Utah Friends of Paleontology/Moab Information Center/Canyonlands Natural History Association/Museum of Moab
National Fossil Day Activities:
Moab Megatracksite Hiking Trail Building

Date & time:September 20, 2014, 8:30
Location: Meet at the new Transit Hub parking lot at the Jct of Hwy 191 and 128, then we'll drive north of the Airport, and north of the Cell tower. We'll turn off at M.P. 148.5 then keep right to reach the Mega Steps Mt. Bike Trailhead. The drive is about 30-40 mins.from town.
Bring: Work Gloves, plenty of water and lunch.
Trail building in this case involves some pruning, and a little dirt work , but mostly we need many hands to help mark the trail by building rock cairns and to place rock lining to identify the trail on the slickrock sections. A few people will carry in posts or signs to mark trail junctions. Rock lining or cairn building involves finding football size rocks. Lots of walking back and forth. If you reach the top of the trail it is about 2 miles. The Dinosaur tracks are near the top....maybe at 1.5 miles. Come for any length of time. Contact: Sandy Freethey - Trail Mix 259-0253 or 260-2586.

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail Building (Phase 1B)
Dates: September 22-26, 2014
Interested members of the public are invited to join the BLM, the Utah Friends of Paleontology, the Utah Conservation Corps, and Trail Mix as we work together to build a new trail to a 120 million year dinosaur tracksite, north of Moab, Utah. Paleontologists and volunteers will be onsite to build the 0.25 miles trail. During the work, participants will learn how paleontologists differentiate between tracks and the dinosaurs that made them, as well as the importance of protecting fossil track sites. Those interested in volunteering should contact the BLM-Utah Canyon Country District paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster at the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office at or at 435-259-2179.
Extreme temperatures! - bring water and sunscreen. Although the hike to the site is relatively short, working in the sun and heat may not be enjoyable or advisable for everyone. The hike is very short, and your volunteer hours can vary in duration, participants should be aware of their own skill level and health, and proceed accordingly.

Willow Springs Dinosaur Tracksite stabilization:
Date & time September 27, 2014 8:30 AM
Location: Meet at the new Transit Hub parking lot at the Jct of Hwy 191 and 128, then we'll drive 30-40 minutes to the site. From Moab, we'll go north on US Highway 191 for 12 miles. If coming from Crescent Jct. (I-70), go south on US Highway 191 for 18.7 miles. The track site is 3.4 miles off of Highway 191, on the Willow Springs Road. (Turn right onto the Willow Springs Road, off US Highway 191. 1.4 miles - take the left fork to Willow Springs. 1.7 miles - stay right on the main road and continue straight towards the Klonzo Trailes area. 2.9 miles - stay right. 3.4 miles - arrive at tracksite).
Bring: Work Gloves, plenty of water and lunch THE WORK:
This tracksite was originally being driven on in the 1980s by vehicles before the site was recognized, and the road rerouted. Since this time the tracks have become a popular destination. The tracks are preserved in the Jurassic Entrada Sandstone that is immediately overlain by the Summerville Formation. The red mudstones of the Summerville have been eroding down onto the track surface during rain events, covering several of the tracks. We would like to build a berm and drainage area to help move the water away from the tracksite and reduce the amount of sediment that covers the tracks. This project will be easily completed within a day. A short interpretive talk will be given to participants during stabilization to help further foster an importance for the work and for our Nation's fossil resources. Activities will be on hand to help children and other participants understand how dinosaur tracks are made, preserved, and exposed. Participants will have an opportunity to conduct real science on the track sites, such as measuring the tracks to figure out how large the animal was and how quickly it was moving; test to discover which types of dinosaurs made the tracks we will observe; and searching for and identifying modern tracks made by living organisms. Those interested in volunteering should contact the BLM-Utah Canyon Country District paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster at the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office at or at 435-259-2179. Come for any length of time. Volunteer hours can vary in duration, participants should be aware of their own skill level and health, and proceed accordingly.

Dinosaur Fest 2014 - October 10, 2014
The Museum of Moab, Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Canyon Country BLM Field Office are hosting the first Dinosaur Fest. This free event will be held on the lawns of the Museum of Moab and the Moab Information Center, with activities, games and hands on activities available for participants of all ages. Events start at 5PM with the public invited to a free screening of the movie "Walking with Dinosaurs" at the Moab Information Center at the corner of Center and Main, in Moab, Utah, at 7:00 PM. This movie is free and open to the public. A short paleontology question and answer session will be held after the movie, hosted by paleontologist Dr. John Foster of the Museum of Moab, and ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist for Canyon Country.

bulletSt. George Dinosaur Discovery Site

Paleontologists at Work: Fossils in the Field and Lab
Date & Time: National Fossil Day, Oct. 15th, 5 PM
Location: St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site Museum, 2180 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790
Grand Opening for "Paleontologists at Work: Fossils in the Field and Lab" Special Display, introduction of new Scutellosaurus replica, as well as a new entry way mural of the St. George area during the Early Jurassic. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.
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West Virginia

bulletC&O Canal National Historical Park

Jefferson County Science Olympiad 2014
Date & Time: September 24-October 1: 9 am-1 pm
Location: FLOC Outdoor Education Center: 671 Floc Way, Harpers Ferry, WV
This week long event allows classes of 6th graders from all over Jefferson County, WV, the opportunity to come out to the FLOC Outdoor Education Center to engage in scientific lessons and activities. The event has grown over the years to reach about 600 Jefferson County students, and demonstrates the value of scientific learning and future careers in the science field. Each day is broken up into four 45 minute sessions, where students rotate between various presentation booths. Our booth this year is focused on fossils and how they relate to the C&O Canal. Students understand what the C&O Canal National Historical Park is and how the geologic rock formations were important in building the Canal. They will explore how fossils and geologic features along the Canal can be used to determine the relative age of rocks and rock layers and learn how plant and animal life forms can be associated with specific geologic time periods. At the end of the presentation, students will create their own fossils using air-dry clay that they will be able to take home.

bulletClay Center for the Arts and Sciences

National Fossil Day Celebration
Date & Time: Wednesday, 10/15; 12-4 pm
Location: One Clay Square, Charleston, WV 25301
Check out the Clay Center's fossil collection, on display on our main lobby.
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bulletBighorn Basin Geoscience Center

The GeoScience Adventures and Bighorn Basin Geoscience Center is offering two workshops during July, 2014. Two 3-day workshops will be held, one featuring Geology of the Big Horn Mountains and the other on the History ot life in the Fossil and Rock Record. Both workshops will be based out of Shelly, Wyoming. The cost is $250 per 3-day workshop which includes box lunches, refreshments, handouts, handbook, and two hours recertification credit from the Professional Teaching Standards Board. For more information, please see the program flyers below:

Geology Workshop [PDF 316 KB]

Paleontology Workshop [PDF 300 KB]

bulletTate Geological Museum

National Fossil Day Open House
Location: 125 College Dr.
Date & Time: October 15, 2014 -3:00 to 6:00 pm
Join us for our annual National Fossil Day open house! We will have treats, games, give-a-ways, fun activities, tours of the museum, and prep lab tours. We will also visit our T. rex (Lee Rex) and a chance for photos with our new, full size bronze T. rex sculpture "Essence of Rex". Bring your rocks and fossils to be identified at our ever popular Fossil Road Show. We are planning a few new activities this year, that will appeal to all ages. (Erosion, anyone?!?) Call the museum for more details! Public Contact: Tate Geological Museum Gift Shop/ front desk 307-268-2447
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More to come...

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

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Last Updated: October 14, 2014