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Fossil Butte National Fossil Day Celebration

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News Release Date: October 1, 2018

Contact: Kim Acker, 307-800-8404

Fossil Butte National Fossil Day Celebration

Kemmerer, WY – Fossil Butte National Monument will be celebrating National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. This annual event is held across the nation to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.

Visitors of all ages can celebrate by coming out to Fossil Butte National Monument for the unique opportunity to prepare real fossil specimens. The fossil preparation lab will be open to the public and rangers will teach visitors about the tools used to uncover 52 million year old fossils. Visitors can then try their hand at fossil preparation. The event will run from 9am to 4:30pm.

After the October 13th celebration, the monument will restore its winter operating hours. The visitor center will be open from 8:00am to 4:30pm. The picnic area and scenic drive will remain open as long as the weather allows.

Fossil Butte was set aside to protect diverse, abundant, and well-preserved fossils from the Eocene Epoch in the Green River Formation. It is also home to a high desert sagebrush ecosystem. The visitor center, which displays more than 300 fossils, is open daily from 8:00am-5:00pm. For more information about Fossil Butte, visit, call 307-877-4455, or follow #FossilButteNPS on social media. There is no charge to enter the monument.

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Last updated: October 14, 2018

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