National Fossil Day Celebrated Early on October 6
Visitors are invited to participate in many fun activities at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to celebrate National Fossil Day. Kids and adults can make dinosaur clay models, dig for dinosaur bones, earn a Junior Paleontology badge, make plaster fossil molds, and meet the park's paleontologist to learn about the mystery of dinosaur tracks.
Fossils preserved in the rocks of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are evidence of the life and changes that occurred during the Mesozoic Era. Dinosaur tracks are currently on display at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center and the Wahweap District Ranger Office. The Carl Hayden Visitor Center also hosts a display case full of Plesiosaur fossils and a mechanical interactive "Plesiobot".
Across the country the National Park Service and the American Geological Institute are partnering to host National Fossil Day on October 17, 2012 as a part of Earth Science Week. 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.
Please call 928-645-6404 or visit www.nps.gov/glca for more information about Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. For additional information on the fossils at Glen Canyon NRA, please visit www.nps.gov/glca/naturescience/mesozoicfossils.htm.
For information on the Junior Paleontologist Program and additional educational resources related to National Fossil Day, please visit http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday.