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National Fossil Day™

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Celebrate National Fossil Day at Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture NHP is proud to be a part of the 3rd annual National Fossil Day on October 17, 2012. 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 park staff and volunteers to learn more about the diverse fossils preserved at Chaco Culture NHP. Children ages 5-12 are invited to become a National Park Service Junior Paleontologist! A limited number of Junior Paleontologist badges will be available to earn as part of the Junior Ranger Program. Other special programs will be offered including a guided fossil tour, fossil displays and specimen handling, and an evening program. This event is a great way for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to learn about the fascinating and often surprising geologic and paleontological history of Chaco Canyon.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday October 17, 2012
10am - 3pm: Fossil displays and Junior Paleontologist activities, Visitor Center courtyard
4pm: Ranger led fossil walk, Pueblo Bonito
7pm: 'Geology and Paleontology of Chaco Canyon' evening program, Visitor Center amphitheater

Saturday October 20, 2012
10am - 3pm: Fossil displays and Junior Paleontologist activities, Visitor Center courtyard
4pm: Ranger led fossil walk, Pueblo Bonito

Did You Know?

Aerial photo of Chaco Canyon taken by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The first aerial photographs of Chaco Canyon were taken from Charles Lindbergh's airplane by his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh in 1929. More...