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National Fossil Day 2015 Events

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

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

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Alabama

bulletUniversity of Alabama Museum of Natural History

Date & Time: October 21, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 pm
Location: The University of Alabama, 427 6th Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Join the museum for a celebration all things fossil during this National Park Service established day of fossil appreciation and stewardship. The celebration is from 4:00-6:00 pm, and is free and fun for all ages.
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Alaska

bulletAlaska Public Lands Information Center

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 9 am to noon
Location: Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. 4th Ave., Suite 105, Anchorage, AK 99501

The AKRO Natural Resources Team is teaming up with Helen Fields, an education specialist, and acting manager of the Alaska Public Lands Information Center to offer a Fossil Day celebration to a four 4th grade classes from two schools in the Anchorage School district. The classes will rotate through 4 stations of fun, fossil activities.


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Arizona

bulletArizona State University

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

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10am to 2pm
Location: Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Highway 89 on west side of Glen Canyon Dam Come Celebrate National Fossil Day with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area!

There will be displays and activities for kids and adults of all ages. Enjoy the opportunity to become a junior ranger paleontologist. Experience the fossils found in Glen Canyon and learn the history of how they were formed.
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bulletGrand Canyon National Park

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

Come out and join Grand Canyon National Park in celebrating the 5th annual National Fossil Day! Paleontologists Robyn Henderek will be giving a talk titled Prehistoric Paleontologists: Split Twig Figurines and Fossil Remains in Grand Canyon Caves.
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bulletPetrified Forest National Park

National Fossil Day Celebration
Date &Time: October 14, 2015 at 8 pm
Location: Po Box 2217 Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Join Petrified Forest National Park in celebrating National Fossil Day on October 14, 2015! This special day is organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.

 


Arkansas


California

bulletDiscovery Museum Science & Space Center

Fossil Fun!
Date & Time: Oct 10, 2015: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm and Oct 11, 2015: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: 3615 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95821

The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center are kicking off the celebration for National Fossil Day with a weekend of fossil fun for the whole family. Visit the classroom for a special fossil display. Kids can enjoy a fossil craft to take home as a souvenir.
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bulletJohn D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

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

The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center will celebrate International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day (which are only four days apart) on October 10, 2015 with a FREE educational family event, Prehistoric OC.
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bulletLa Brea Tar Pits Museum

The Art of Paleontology
Date &Time: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Location: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Come help Junior Scientist explore the artistic side of science at the La Brea Tar Pits! We'll see how art can illustrate changing ideas and inspire new questions. This month, get creative with us as we make fossils come to life as scientific artists.

Natural Discourse
Date &Time: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Natural Discourse has been invited to explore the Natural History Museum! The Museum opens its doors for a day-long conversation about gardens, art, science, and collections.

bulletNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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

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

National Fossil Day Celebration
Date &Time: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 1 pm - 4 pm
Location: 1175 W. Baseline Rd., Claremont, CA 91711

The Alf Museum is celebrating National Fossil Day with a variety of activities and half off admission for visitors (4 & under are always free)!
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Colorado

bulletBlack Canyon of the Gunnison

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Location: Montrose, CO

Black Canyon of the Gunnison will be celebrating National Fossil Day with their scheduled Fascinating Fossil Program. During this classroom program students explore the processes by which evidence of past life is preserved through fossilization, and how that evidence can help tell a story about Colorado's past landscapes and predict those of the future.
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bulletDenver Museum of Nature and Science

Date &Time: Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 9am to 5 pm
Location: 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205

Come celebrate National Fossil Day with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Sunday September 27, 2015 from 9am to 5pm! Watch volunteers clean fossils, meet Museum paleontologists, see Mr. Bones the walking dinosaur, and celebrate Prehistoric Journey's 20th anniversary. Find your park with the National Park Service and discover this year's national fossil.
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bulletDinosaur Ridge

Come celebrate National Fossil Day at Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado on October 10, 2015 (Saturday) DDD-National Fossil Day as part of Earth Science Week. Also International Astronomy Day and International Archaeology Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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bulletFlorissant Fossil Beds

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Location: 15807 Teller County Rd 1, Florissant, CO 80816

Come celebrate National Fossil day with Florissant Fossil Beds! Join Ranger Amanda on the one-mile Petrified Forest trail and meet some of the largest petrified tree stumps in the world. Using your imagination you will travel back in time and hike through ancient redwood trees, erupting volcanoes, and past eight foot tall rhinoceros-like animals called Brontotheres. There will be a variety of engaging, hands on activities and games to play along the trail. This hike is appropriate for kids and former kids. Meet at the visitor center at 10:45 AM to participate in this 1 - 1.5 hour hike. Also during the day Geologist, Dr. Bob Carnein, will be available to help you Tap Into Your Inner Geologist to identify the rocks and fossils that you have always wondered about that are hiding in your house, closet, and/or garage! Dr. Carnein will be in the Fossil Discover Lab (Yurt) in the picnic area next to the visitor center from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
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bulletGarden Park Fossil Area

National Fossil Day in Fremont, Colorado
Date & Time: October 10-12
Location: Fremont County, Colorado

This year the Fremont County community is participating in National Fossil Day by hosting their second annual Fremont County Fall Heritage Festival. This festival will include a weekend full of events that highlight the cultural and natural history of the area. Fossil programs along with geology walks are among the activities that will take place during the festival. Event URL:
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Connecticut


Delaware


District of Columbia

bulletSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Kirk Johnson

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

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

bulletFlorida Paleontological Society

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

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

October 14, 2015
10am- 2pm

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

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 101 SE 1st St, Mulberry, FL 33860

The Mulberry Phosphate Museum would like to partner in celebration of National Fossil Day! On October 17, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., we will be hosting a "National Fossil Day" celebration. The day will include a shark-tooth dig contest at our fossil dig site, food, face painting, guest geologists to help identify personal collections, collection displays, and raffles!
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bulletTampa Bay Fossil Club and Florida Aquarium

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015 (museum hours) 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Celebrate National Fossil Day with TBFC at the Florida Aquarium! For the past five years the Florida Aquarium has been gracious enough to host TBFC for Fossil Day. In addition to TBFC's large display of Florida fossils this year, the club will be manning stations throughout the Aquarium where they display the fossil relatives of the live animals in the exhibits.
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Georgia


Guam


Hawaii

bulletKa'u Learning Academy

Fossil History of Hawaiʻi
Date &Time: Tues., Oct. 13 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Kïlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Volcano, HI 96785

Come and bone up on the fascinating fossil history of Hawaiʻi for National Fossil Day! Although Hawaiʻi didn't have dinosaurs, the fossils of Hawaiʻi are protected in national parks and include human footprints in volcanic ash, extinct birds, and trees entombed by lava flows. Fossil expert Joe Iacuzzo of the Kaʻū Learning Academy and anthropologist Mark Sledziewski share their expertise on the fossils of Hawaiʻi and other incredible fossil discoveries from around the world—including dinosaurs! Bring the keiki. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.


Idaho

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Illinois

bulletBurpee Museum of Natural History

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 737 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103

Celebrate National Fossil Day at Burpee Museum, Saturday October 10th. Special paleo-exhibit stations, fossil workshops, exclusive dino presentation, Jurassic Park Jeeps & the first 150 kids will receive real fossil shark teeth only at Burpee Museum. For more info call 815.965.3433. Visit with some local collectors and find out about their fossils which will be on display, and view some of Burpee's specimens up close. A hands-on workshop to make your own replica fossil will be available for a small additional fee. Included in the cost of general admission. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. Fossil Day activities will also highlight natural processes that shape our planet over time.
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bulletChicago - Living Almanac

606 FOSSIL HUNT FOR NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY: Walk the Bloomingdale Trail Back Through Time Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct 14, 10:00 am - 11:30 am Location: Churchill Field Dog Park, 1825 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Photographing Fossils in Skyscrapers: A walking tour of Chicago's most photogenic paleo-subjects for NATIONAL EARTH SCIENCE WEEK Date & Time: Saturday, Oct 17, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Location: Millennium Monument, Chicago, IL 60601

Fossils in Skyscrapers: Paleontological Walking Tour of the Chicago Loop for NATIONAL EARTH SCIENCE WEEK Date & Time: Sunday, Oct 18, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm Location: Millennium Monument, Chicago, IL 60601

bulletEarth Science Club of Northern Illinois

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Location: College of Dupage - Tech Ed (TEC) Building, Room 1038B, Glen Ellyn, Il

Come out and celebrate National Fossil Day with the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois, by participating in ESCONI first ever Best Fossil Competition! During the Paleontology Study group Saturday, October 17, the competition will be held. Local experts will be there to help identify what you’ve brought. See the ESCONI website for contest rules.
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bulletNational Geographic in Chicago

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

With amazing video recreating the lost world of the Cretaceous Era Sahara, Ibrahim will tell the story of Spinosaurus' discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what—other than its size—makes this ancient monster unique.
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bulletSouth Suburban Earth Science Club and Prairie State College

46th Annual Fossil, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show! When: 17-18 October 2015 Where: Prairie State College (202 South Halsted Street), Chicago Heights, Illinois

606 FOSSIL HUNT FOR NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY: Walk the Bloomingdale Trail Back Through Time Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct 14, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Location: Churchill Field Dog Park, 1825 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Photographing Fossils in Skyscrapers: A walking tour of Chicago's most photogenic paleo-subjects for NATIONAL EARTH SCIENCE WEEK Date & Time: Saturday, Oct 17, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Location: Millennium Monument, Chicago, IL 60601

Fossils in Skyscrapers: Paleontological Walking Tour of the Chicago Loop for NATIONAL EARTH SCIENCE WEEK Date & Time: Sunday, Oct 18, 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Location: Millennium Monument, Chicago, IL 60601

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Indiana

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Iowa


Kansas

bulletFort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: 3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, KS 67601

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is celebrating National Fossil Day onSaturday October 10th! This is a FREE DAY at the Museum. Doors are open from 9am until 6pm, with special programming for all ages from 10am until 5pm. Join us as we explore the fossil history of Kansas, why animals have the color patterns that they do, how plants and animals adapt to different environments, and how tracks and traces are made. Come see portions of the research collection that are not normally on display, live animals, and touchable fossils. There will also be arts and crafts, and the Discovery Room will be open.
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Kentucky

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Louisiana


Maine


Maryland

bulletThomas Stone National Historic Site

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

bulletMarine and Paleobiological Research Institute

Date & Time: Thursday 15 October, 4pm to 7:45pm.
Location: Oak Bluffs Library , 56R School St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Library! The event is FREE to all, and everyone is invited. This event is for all ages. Students and families are especially welcome. This event is a partnership between MPRI, the Oak Bluffs Public Library and the National Park Service. It is made possible by our presenters and public interest and by grants from the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council and from the Staples Educational Foundation. National Fossil Day is for citizenry to share their interest and excitement about fossils. Presenters include professional scientists [including from the Woods Hole Oceanographic, also the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Martha's Vineyard Museum, also MPRI], 5th and 7th grade budding scientists, and knowledgeable citizen scientists.

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 education docent Ned Sternick, Martha's Vineyard Museum, geological oceanographer Dr. Meg Tivey, Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), radiocarbon dating researcher Dr. Ann McNichol, National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (NOSAMS) facility at WHOI, dinosaur hunter and ophthalmologist Dr. Henry Kriegstein, diving contractors and diving instructors Heidi Raihofer and Joe Leonardo, grade schoolers Jacob and Sam Gurney who like to travel to fossil destinations on family vacations, artist and swimming instructor Michael Wooley, blacksmith and silversmith artist Jamie Rogers, avocational archaeologist and collector Bill Moody, paleontologist Jessica Cundiff, Curatorial Associate Invertebrate and Vertebrate Paleontology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Scott Smyers, Senior Scientist from Oxbow Associates, Acton MA, who conducts independent research on amphibians, reptiles, insects and fossils of New England, marine ecologist Wendy Culbert and paleobiologist Fred Hotchkiss of MPRI, and our Public.

Last year 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 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. Students can be drawn to career opportunities in earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences.

bulletOak Bluffs Public Library

Date & Time: Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 56R School St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Celebrate National Fossil Day with the Oak Bluffs Public Library! Next Thursday the Martha’s Vineyard Environmental Education Alliance celebrates National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Library from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Folks are invited to bring fossils to show others. By fossils they specifically refer to bones, not buddies. There will be several experts on hand.
Learn more... URL: http://oakbluffslibrary.org/

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Michigan

bulletMichigan Mineralogical Society

71st Annual Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show!
When: 9-11 October 2015
Where: Macomb Community College Expo Center, South Campus (14500 East 12 Mile Road), Warren, Michigan (Detroit area)

Hosted by the Michigan Mineralogical Society is the 71st Annual Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show!
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bulletMichigan State University Museum

Family Fossil Fun
October 17, 2015 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm
MSU Museum

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. Join the MSU Museum for family fossil fun activities including: Michigan fossil dig & sift, a scavenger hunt, fossil molds and models to make and take, iPad fossil trivia contest - with prizes, guided tours of Evolution Hall, and "Ask the Expert": a paleontologist will be on-hand to answer your fossil questions and to identify specimens!
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Minnesota

bulletMississippi National River and Recreation Area

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10 am to 1pm
Location: 5601 Minnehaha Park Dr S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is doing a fossil themed event for Second Saturday held at Coldwater Spring in Minneapolis on October 10 from 10am - 1pm. The event will include up an close look at fossils and walks to find fossils in some of the surrounding limestone on the property.
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bulletScience Museum of Minnesota

Celebrate the 5th annual National Fossil Day with the Science Museum of Minnesota on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from noon to 4pm. Activities will be going on around the museum where visitors can see world-class fossils from around the world, make a plaster fossil, enter a raffle for cool fossils, and more.
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Mississippi

bulletDunn-Seiler Geology Museum at Mississippi State University

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

Date & Time: Friday, October 9, 2015
Location: 2148 Riverside Dr, Jackson, MS 39202

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science celebrates National Fossil Day a little early. This year we will host crafts, games, and investigations that are fossil focused on Friday October 9, 2015. (10am-12pm)
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Missouri

bulletBollinger County Museum of Natural History

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Bollinger County Museum of Natural History, 207 Mayfield Dr, Marble Hill, MO 63764

The Bollinger County Museum of Natural History in Marble Hill, Missouri will celebrate National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 17 from 12:00 (noon) to 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. Bring in your fossils and "finds" for our scientist to identify then explore the fossil record of Missouri through our exhibits when you participate in National Fossil Day. In honor of National Fossil Day we will have special fossil collections for purchase in our gift shop. Children's activities include a fossil dig, make your own fossil, children's dinosaur dig, and fossil scavenger hunt. Pick up a free Missouri fossil as a prize for participating in our fossil scavenger hunt.
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Montana

bulletThe Museum of the Rockies

Date & Time: October 13 and 14, 2015
Location: 600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717

Fossil Festival!
Wednesday, October 14| 4:00 - 6:00pm

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. Fossil Festival participation is Included with Museum admission.

Tours for Tots: Fantastic Fossils
Tuesday, October 13: 10-11am, Wednesday, October 14: 2-3pm, Thursday, October 15: 10-11am | Free for members, $5 for non-members

Look closely at the fossils on display in the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, learn how dinosaur bones are preserved, and discover why we find so many dinosaurs in Montana. Young scientists (ages 3-5) will enjoy making their own fossil to take home after this exciting exploration.
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bulletThe University of Montana Paleontology Center

National Fossil Day @ Charles H. Clapp Building
Date & Time: October 14, 2015 all day
Location: Charles H. Clapp Building, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT, 59812

The UM Paleontology Center invites the public to "dust off them bones and party with paleontologists" at the fifth annual National Fossil Day. 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.
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Nebraska

bulletAgate Fossil Beds National Monument

National Day Celebration at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Date & Time: Saturday, October 10 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Location: 301 River Road Harrison, NE 69346

There will be kid's fossil activities and the Junior Paleontologist Activity book from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Kids can earn their Junior Paleontologist badge on the spot. At 10 a.m. Ranger Caleb Prater will be on the Fossil Hills to talk about the Moropus, one of the animals found during the historic excavations and the featured animal of National Fossil Day 2015. If the weather does not cooperate the talk will be given in the theater. At 2 p.m., Dr. Mike Leite will talk in the theater about the importance of fossils and National Fossil Day. The two trails are open from dawn to dusk for your enjoyment. Public Contact: 308-668-2211 or 308-436-9760 agfo_ranger_activities@nps.gov
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bulletUniversity of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall

Date & Time: Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 5:00-8:00pm
Location: 645 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68588

In celebration of National Fossil Day the museum invites children and families to a special paleontology themed night at Morrill Hall. Hands-On Activities for Children and Families

  • What's a fossil? Test your skills in trying to identify what a fossil is and isn't.
  • Can you find the fossils? Go on a special scavenger hunt throughout Morrill Hall.
  • Tiny fossils. Work with a paleontologist to sort out microfossils.
  • Dig like a paleontologists searching for fossils.
  • Sink hole! Build your own earth surface layers to see if your mammoth will survive.

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Nevada

bulletLas Vegas Natural History Museum

Fossil Day!
Date &Time: Saturday October 17, 2015 from 10am to 3pm
Location: Las Vegas Natural History Museum, 900 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Join the Protectors of the Tule Springs and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum as we celebrate fossil discovery in Southern Nevada.

  • CCSD Teachers free with identification
  • Students Art Contest "Southern Nevada During the Pleistocene" Award Ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

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bulletNevada State Museum

Date & Time: Each Saturday in October 2015 from 1 - 5 pm
Location: Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas education classroom, 309 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Special Fossil Day Event - free with regular admission ($9.95)

Join us in family friendly fossil activities and see a special display of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument fossils. Fossilized bones of Pleistocene animals such as: bison, camel, and horse will be on display in the education classroom for a limited time. This display is in addition to the National Park Service exhibit kiosk located in our rotunda gallery. The kiosk has information about the newly formed Monument, the geology of the park, and fossils of Columbian mammoths, camels, and horses.
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New Hampshire


New Jersey

bulletThe Rutgers Geology Museum

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

bulletChaco Culture National Historical Park

National Fossil Day and International Archaeology
Day Date & Time:
Wednesday October 14 and Saturday October 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location:
Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (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 and get up close with fossil displays. 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 17, 2015 (International Archaeology Day) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Preserving Chaco: learn about preservation techniques and methods used for preserving prehistoric architecture. Hands on Activity: Learn how to spin and make cordage from wool and plant fibers. Paleontological specimen 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).
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bulletMesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory

Date & Time: Friday, October 9, 2015 and Saturday, October 10, 2015 from noon -5 pm
Location: 222 E Laughlin Ave, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Happy Fossil Day! Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory will offer free admission on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, 2015 from noon until 5pm.
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New York

bulletAmerican Museum of Natural History

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

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

FOSSIL MANIA!!
Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10-1 pm
Location: 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

We will be celebrating the Cenozoic by commemorating the 15th anniversary of the excavation of the Museum's Hyde Park Mastodon. Family fun Activities around the celebration will run 10 am to 1pm. At 1 pm we will be showing a video of the excavation.
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bulletPenn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center

WNY Earth Science Day
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Location: 4050 North St, Blasdell, NY 14219

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, Penn Dixie and the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists will be co-hosting the 18th Annual WNY Earth Science Day with exhibits, drill rig demonstrations, viewing of sunspots, fossil collecting, and more.

National Fossil Day Event
Date &Time: October 14, 2015 from 9 am to 5 pm
Location: 4050 North St, Blasdell, NY 14219

The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg, NY, will be open on National Fossil Day October 14, 2015, from 9 am-5 pm for the public, schools, professionals, and amateurs to collect fossils. There is an inexhaustible supply of 380 million year old fossils well preserved on the site and with thousands lying all over the surface waiting to be found. Collectors are permitted to dig in the Middle Devonian shales and limestones and keep all they find. Admission is $9/adult and $7/child 12 and under. Children 2 and under and Penn Dixie members are FREE! Staff and/or volunteers will lead you to the better collecting areas and help you identify the fossils you find. Visit penndixie.org for directions and fossil photos of specimens that have been found at the site. Penn Dixie has had visitors from 41 states, 16 countries, and Washington, D.C. so far in 2015.
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North Carolina

bulletAurora Fossil Museum and North Carolina Fossil Club

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Aurora Fossil Museum, 400 Main St, Aurora, NC 27806

Come out to the Aurora Fossil Museum and help celebrate National Fossil Day!! The North Carolina Fossil Club is partnering with the Aurora Fossil Museum on to hold a Fossil Day on October 10, 2015 to celebrate National Fossil Day. The Aurora Fossil Museum is admission free and the event will include two talks throughout the day, along with games, prizes, fun, and fossils! At 11am: George Powell Jr. will give a talk titled "A Whale of a Challenge" and at 2 pm Cynthia Crane will speak about "The Aurora Fossil Museum: Past, Present, and Future". The event will include fossil displays by members of the Special Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum as well as by members of the North Carolina Fossil Club.
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North Dakota

bulletFargo Public Library

Stompers, Scratchers and Diggers: How Animals Leave Their Mark on the World
Date & Time: October 14, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Location: 102 3rd St N, Fargo, ND 58102

Calling all future paleontologists! National Fossil Day is Wednesday, Oct. 14, and the Fargo Public Library is joining organizations across the country to celebrate. Kids of all ages are invited to the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. where Dr. Lydia Tackett, Assistant Professor of Geology at NDSU, will explain how paleontologists learn about the lives of extinct animals by studying the traces left behind. We'll examine huge corkscrew burrows from ancient grasslands, dinosaur footprints, and even fossil poop! No registration is required.
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bulletGrand Forks Public Library

Geosciences at the Library
Date & Time: Sunday, October 18, 20015 from 2-3 pm
Location: 2110 Library Cir, Grand Forks, ND 58201

Join the Grand Forks Public Library in Grand Forks, ND on October 18 to celebrate National Fossil Day. University of North Dakota Sigma Gamma Epsilon will be doing activities from the Jr. Paleontologist children's booklet.

bulletNorth Dakota Geological Survey

Fossil & Rock Identification
Date & Time: Wednesday October 14th, 10am-5pm
Location: 612 East Boulevard Ave. Bismarck ND

Join Paleontologist Becky Barnes and Geologist Lorraine Manz for rock and fossil identification. They will be set up in the Heritage Center, near the dinomummy hall exhibit. Make-and-take your own plaster cast of a fossil - while supplies last! Public Contact: 701-328-195-four, becbarnes[at-sign]nd.gov
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Ohio

bulletCincinnati Museum Center

Fossil Fest!
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Day & Time: Monday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm and Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203

National Fossil Day Lecture
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
Location: Reakirt Theater, Cincinnati Museum Center

Come out and celebrate National Fossil Day with a talk by Dr. Susan Kidwell at the Cincinnati Museum Center! The lecture is titled Dead Shells Do Tell Tales: Evaluating Human Impacts Using the Youngest Fossil Record.

bulletCuyahoga Valley National Park

Celebrate the Fossil!
Date &Time: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm
Location: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Join a fossil-hunting expedition for young and old, exploring the rocks of Furnace Run at the Everett Covered Bridge from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Or drop by to learn about Ohio fossils at the Hunt House from 1 - 3 p.m.
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bulletFriends of Big Bone

Fossil Fest!
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Open: Monday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm | Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203

This year, the Friends of Big Bone will have a vendor/information booth at the Cincinnati Museum Center during the museum's Fossil Fest! on October 17th. Our booth will promote Big Bone Lick State Historic Site with information about the deep history of the fossils found at the park, as well as a chance to meet our new mascot, Harlan G. Sloth.

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Oklahoma


Oregon

bulletJohn Day Fossil Beds

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Location: 32651 OR-19, Kimberly, OR 97848

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument will be celebrating National Fossil Day with special public programs Saturday, October 10. Activities are planned for visitors to see the incredible fossil history they have in Eastern Oregon. Park Paleontologist Dr. Joshua Samuels will lead a tour of the fossil exhibit at the Thomas Paleontology Center at 10 a.m. and a hike along the Island in Time Trail at Blue Basin at 1 p.m. For more information, contact the John Day Fossil Beds Thomas Condon Paleontology Center at (541) 987-2333.
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Pennsylvania

bulletDelaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Date & Time: Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Rd, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

Celebrate National Fossil Day with Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and step way, way back in geologic time to learn more about the creatures that once inhabited the area along with a moderate 1.3-mile hike.
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bulletPennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association

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

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bulletThe State Museum of Pennsylvania

Learn@Lunchtime/National Fossil Day
Date &Time: Wednesday, October 14 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17120

Join Museum Volunteer Sid Hostettler and Museum Educator Cherie Trimble in celebrating National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 14. This year's theme is "Cenozoic Era Life and Landscapes". The Cenozoic is commonly referred to as the "Age of Mammals", because of the great proliferation and diversity of mammals which evolved and successfully inhabited terrestrial and marine environments worldwide during this period. This era of "Recent Life" spans from 66 million years ago to the present. Join Cherie and Sid from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM near the Mastodon in the Paleontology Gallery to explore fossils from the era. General admission to the Museum is free during the hours of the event.
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Rhode Island

bulletRoger Williams Park Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Fossil Frenzy Weekend: National Fossil Day Celebration
Location: Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
When: Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, 2015

From the Coal Age to the Ice Age, the museum's collection of fossil specimens brings the past to life! Come join in the festivities and see fossilized plants and animals that once roamed the Earth.
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South Carolina


South Dakota

bulletBadlands National Park

Special Interactive NFD Video Conferences!

Badlands National Park is celebrating National Fossil Day by offering special interactive video conference programs once an hour on October 13, 14, and 15 from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM Mountain Time. Programs last approximately 30 minutes and include a 20 minute presentation with 10 minutes for questions. For more information regarding a video conference please visit the Badlands Distance Learning page.
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Tennessee

bulletGray Fossil Site

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

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

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

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

bulletDallas Paleontological Society

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

Come and join Dinosaur Valley State Park in celebrating National Fossil Day October 17, 2015 from 2 PM until 3 PM. The celebration will be filled with fun activities that will include:

  • Dino Dig: Search for dinosaur bones just like a paleontologist
  • Dino Excavation Station: Dinosaur nests filled with dinosaur eggs will be on site. Select an egg from the nest for excavate to discover the baby dinosaur inside. Excavation tools will be available.
  • Cookie Excavation: Children will be acting as paleontologists extracting fragile chocolate chips from a cookie.
  • Art Contest: Best dinosaur pictures will be judged and rewarded with prize.

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bulletDallas Zoo

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, 650 S RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75203

Join us in celebrating National Fossil Day with special exhibits, games and activities in Zoo North, the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo and the Hillcrest Foundation Nature Exchange. Fossils are some of the most popular items traded in the Nature Exchange, our wildly popular swap shop for nature items. Nature Exchange traders of all ages can bring in natural items to earn points, which they can then use to "buy" items brought in by other traders.
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bulletLadonia Fossil Park

Come out and celebrate National Fossil Day at the North Sulphur River in Ladonia Texas. The event will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 beginning with registration from 9-10 AM at the Fannindel High School. Fossil fun activities will be going on throughout the day.
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bulletMineral Wells Fossil Park

National Fossil Day will be celebrated at the Mineral Wells Fossil Park in Mineral Wells, TX on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
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bulletPaleontological Society of Austin

25th Annual Fossil Fest
Date & Time: Nov 14, 2015: 9 am - 5 pm (Sat) and Nov 15, 2015: 9 am - 5 pm (Sun)
Location: Old Settlers Association Headquarters, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665

Learn about the fossils in your backyard! The Paleontological Society of Austin is sponsoring the 25th Annual Fossil Fest at Old Settlers Association Headquarters in Round Rock on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to Fossil Fest is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for students, and FREE for children under 6. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of event. Cash only. Fossil Fest is a fun and educational event for the whole family!
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bulletTexas Memorial Museum

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

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

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

bulletCanyonlands National Park

Date & Time: Oct. 14th, all day
Location: Canyonlands-Needles District, Utah

Celebrate National Fossil Day with Canyonlands! Junior Paleontologist program, activity table, and special fossil related programs will be held throughout the day. Contact Ben Rizner, benjamin_rizner@nps.gov, 435-259-4711.
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bulletDinosaur National Monument

Rocktoberfest at Dinosaur!
Date & Time
: Earth Science Week, October 10-17, 2015
Location: Quarry Visitor Center, Jensen, UT 84035

Celebrate Earth Science Week and National Fossil Day with Dinosaur National Monument! Fun fossil events will be occurring all week. Become a Junior Paleontologists; take a virtual visit of the monument anytime and anywhere with the Digital Quarry project; travel through millions of years of time in just one mile by hiking on the Fossil Discovery Trail; learn about different fossils and make one yourself! For more information call the Quarry Visitor Center (435)781-7700.
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Virginia


Virgin Islands


Washington

bulletStonerose Interpretive Center & Fossil Site

Date &Time: October 9-11, 2015
Location: 15 N Kean St, Republic, WA 99166

Join Stonerose for a weekend of fun, fascinating fossils! Friday is Kid's day, when local schools bring their students for kid-centric activities. Saturday dig for fossils and meet our scientists: Dr Kathleen Pigg (Arizona University), Dr. Melanie DeVore (Georgia State College) and Dr. Bruce Archibald (Simon Fraser University). Sunday wind down with one last dig expedition or a special Guided Dig Event. You might find that unique specimen!
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West Virginia

bulletC&O Canal National Historical Park

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bulletNew River Gorge National River

In celebration of National Fossil Day, New River Gorge National River in West Virginia is hosting an event for families and the public on Saturday, October 10 at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. Fun fossil themed activities, will include learning about continental drift, coalification, geologic history of New River, as well as identification of local fossils, including the West Virginia State Fossil, the Jefferson Ground Sloth. These activities will be presented by local park rangers, partners, and volunteers.
New River Gorge National River

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Wisconsin

bulletDinosaur Discovery Museum

Celebrate National Fossil Day with the Dinosaur Discovery Museum in Kenosha, WI on October 17, 2015 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Learn about fossil excavations and get certified as a Junior Paleontologists through the National Park Service. Admission is free. Location: Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 Tenth Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140
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Wyoming

bulletFossil Butte National Monument

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 14, 205 from 1-3:30 pm
Location: 864 Chicken Creek Rd, Kemmerer, WY 83101

Ever dream of being a paleontologist? Visitors to Fossil Butte National Monument are invited to learn the art of fossil preparation on October 14, 2015 from 1-3:30 pm in celebration of National Fossil Day. Park staff will train participants to use a microscope, air scribe and air abrasive tools.
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bulletTate Geological Museum

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm
Location: 125 College Dr, Casper, WY 82602

Come out and celebrate National Fossil Day with the Tate Geological Museum! The popular "Fossil Road Show" will return and give the public the opportunity to bring rocks and fossils and have them evaluated and identified by Casper College geology instructors. Other activities will include games, tours, face painting, and fossil-related activities such as the shark tooth hunt, panning for minerals, and fossil postcard making. The National Fossil Day open house is free and open to the public.
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bulletUniversity of Wyoming Geological Museum

Passport Earth!
Date & Time: October 10-16, 2015
Location: 1000 E University Ave, Laramie, WY 82071

Celebrating earth science, the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has partnered with the University of Wyoming Geological Museum, entities across campus and the Albany County community for "Passport Earth," a weeklong program with 12 stops designed for the public to experience science through the eyes of some of Wyoming's famous scientists. Participants are eligible for a host of prizes, including a "fossil-hunting" paleontology field trip. See the website for all the events occurring that week.
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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, 2015