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    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park celebrates Founders Day with family-friendly Triassic fossil exploration

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Date: August 16, 2012
Contact: Sarah Herve, 928-524-6228 x264

Petrified Forest, AZ-The National Park Service (NPS) turns 96 years old August 25, a day known as Founders Day.
As such, NPS Director Jon Jarvis has asked every National Park site to invite children to experience these places that they own.

Petrified Forest National Park is therefore pleased to celebrate Founders Day with the following special family friendly event:
What:     simulated paleontology digs
When:    August 25, 2012 (several programs throughout the day)
Where:   Chinde Point area
How long: approximately 90 minutes

Each dig will start with a brief presentation about the NPS, its significance, and the Triassic time period that Petrified Forest represents. This will be followed immediately by a fun, hands-on exploration for fossils. Due to the size of the site, reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Sarah Herve at 928-524-6228, x264 or Sarah_Herve@nps.gov .

Happy Founders Day to you!

For further information about Petrified Forest National Park:
http://www.nps.gov/pefo

For further information about other NPS Founders Day events: http://www.nps.gov/aboutus/npsbirthday.htm

Did You Know?

Agate House pueblo made with petrified wood chunks

Petrified wood was so abundant when the ancestral Puebloan people were living in the area that they used it not only for stone tools but also as building material, such as the "brick" used in Agate House at Petrified Forest National Park.