For the more information about the geologic resources of the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/.


Paleontology Education and Outreach

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Badlands National Park's Paleontology Intern, Kathryn Pauls, explaining the proper procedures to take when visitors encounter fossils within park boundaries.

Fossils discovered on the nation's public lands preserve ancient life from all major eras of Earth's history, and from every major group of animal or plant. In the national parks, for example, fossils range from primitive algae found high in the mountains of Glacier National Park, Montana, to the remains of ice-age animals found in caves at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Public lands provide visitors with opportunities to interpret a fossil's ecological context by observing fossils in the same place those animals and plants lived millions of years ago.

Learn about our nation's fossils at home or in the classroom with these activities. They were developed by education specialists in the National Park Service, fossil sites, or museums across the country. Some of the activities have a site-specific element that can be adapted for use at home or in the classroom. In some cases, a virtual site visit may be possible using online resources. Always check with a local park, fossil site, museum to see what opportunities might be available in your neighborhood. If you find one you like, you can share it with us here at the Geologic Resources Division.



Featured Programs

Junior Paleontologist

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The Junior Paleontologist program engages young people in activities that allow them to discover the significance of fossils and the science of paleontology, and introduces them to the national park system and to the mission of the National Park Service. Learn more...

Educational Activities

Paleo education activityLearn about our nation's fossils at home or in the classroom with these paleontology themed activities. Some of the activities have a site-specific element that can be adapted for use at home or in the classroom. Learn more...

Views Paleontology Module

Paleo Views Module

Explore the world of paleontology through Views of the National Parks, a multimedia educational program. Learn about fossils, how they form, the scientists that study them, and the national parks which preserve them. Learn more...

National Fossil Day™

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National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. Learn more...

Earth Science Concepts: Geologic Time

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The National Park System contains a magnificent record of geologic time because rocks from each period of the geologic time scale are preserved in park landscapes. Learn about geologic time through interactive activities and modules. Learn more...

Official State Fossils

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A great place to start learning about fossils is right in your "backyard", with your official state fossil. Learn more...

 



 

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Last Updated: January 27, 2014