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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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Alabama

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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California

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 anzaborregopaleo@gmail.com.
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bulletFossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Fossil Day 2014
Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9 - 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.
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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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bulletDr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

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bulletThe Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits

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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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bulletSan Bernardino County Museum

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bulletSanta Ana Zoo

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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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Colorado

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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bulletFriends of Dinosaur Ridge

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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

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bulletUSDA Forest Service

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Connecticut

bulletYale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Delaware


District of Columbia

bulletSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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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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Florida

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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bulletFossil Club of Lee County

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bulletMulberry Phosphate Museum

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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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Georgia

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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Hawaii

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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Idaho

bulletIdaho Museum of Natural History

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Illinois

bulletBurpee Museum of Natural History

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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

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bulletNortheastern Illinois University Earth Science Club

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Indiana

bulletFalls of the Ohio State Park

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bulletIndiana Geological Survey/Indiana University Geosciences Department

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bulletIndiana State Museum

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Iowa

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 uimnh@uiowa.edu
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Kansas

bulletKU Natural History Museum

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Kentucky

bulletFriends of Big Bone Lick, Big Bone Lick State Park

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 Dean.Henson@ky.gov. 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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Louisiana


Maine

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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Maryland

bulletCalvert Marine Museum

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bulletMaryland Geological Society and The Natural History Society of Maryland

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Massachusetts

bulletHarvard Museum of Natural History

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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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Michigan

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

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Minnesota

bulletDuluth Children's Museum

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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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Mississippi

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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Missouri

bulletBollinger County Museum of Natural History

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bulletMissouri Geological Survey, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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bulletSaint Louis Science Center

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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

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

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Nebraska

bulletAgate Fossil Beds National Monument

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Nevada

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 NV150FossilContest@gmail.com . 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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bulletProtectors of Tule Springs

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bulletRed Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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New Hampshire


New Jersey

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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bulletNew Jersey State Museum

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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

bulletAmerican Museum of Natural History

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bulletFort Stanwix National Monument

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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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bulletRochester Museum and Science Center

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North Carolina

bulletAppalachian State University, Department of Geology

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bulletAurora Fossil Museum

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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

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Ohio

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. Transform into a paleontologist and learn about how fossils are formed, diagram dinosaur family trees and hear extinction theories from dino-experts. Chat with local professionals, explore fossils in the Museum of Natural History & Science and enjoy activities throughout the Rotunda.
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 cschweit@kent.edu
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bulletOhio Geological Survey

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bulletOhio State Lima

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bulletOrton Geological Museum, The Ohio State University

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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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Oklahoma


Oregon

bulletJohn Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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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, mnhtours@uoregon.edu
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Pennsylvania

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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Pennsylvania

bulletOhiopyle State Park

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South Dakota

bulletBadlands National Park

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bulletThe Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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bulletMuseum of Geology - South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
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Tennessee

bulletEast Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum Visitor Center and Gray Fossil Site

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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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Texas

bulletArlington Archosaur Site

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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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bulletDinosaur Valley State Park

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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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bulletLadonia Fossil Park

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bulletSul Ross University

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bulletTexas Memorial Museum at Texas Natural Science Center

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bulletTexas Parks and Wildlife Department

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bulletUniversity of North Texas

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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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Utah

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 rhuntfoster@blm.gov 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 rhuntfoster@blm.gov 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 rhuntfoster@blm.gov 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 rhuntfoster@blm.gov 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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bulletUtah State University - Science Unwrapped

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bulletUtah Friends of Paleontology, Gastonia Chapter

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Washington

bulletBurke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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bulletStonerose Interpretive Center

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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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Wisconsin


Wyoming

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]

bulletFossil Butte National Monument

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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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Last Updated: September 26, 2014