Celebrate National Fossil Day & International Archaeology Day

National Fossil Day 2015
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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 6th annual National Fossil Day on October 14, 2015. 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 walk with a paleontologist, fossil displays and specimen handling. 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.

 
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Celebrate International Archaeology Day at Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture NHP is also proud to be part of the 5th annual International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 17, 2015. International Archaeology Day, previously known as National Archaeology Day, is a celebration of archaeology and the excitement of discovering past cultures and events. Chaco Culture NHP celebrates International Archaeology Day to protect and preserve all cultural resources, but most importantly to promote public stewardship.

Join park staff and volunteers to learn about the history, people, and culture that molds Chaco Canyon's 1,500 year old journey. Learn how to identify cultural material, how archaeologists document and interpret cultural materials, and most importantly learn about preservation and stewardship. This event is a great way for visitors of all ages and background to learn about the history and culture of people in Chaco Canyon's complex and colorful history.

 

Schedule of Programs

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).

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 220
Nageezi, NM 87037

Phone:

(505) 786-7014

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