National Fossil Day Events

Join in the fossil fun as national parks and partners hold National Fossil Day events across the country. Meet paleontologists, sift for fossils, go on scavenger hunts, and more. Most events are either on or around National Fossil Day.

This website will be updated with park and partner sponsored events as quickly as possible, but there are many other local, unafiliated, or guided fossil events that can be discovered elsewhere on the internet. Check the websites of your local community calendar, college, university, museum, or geologic society to see what they may be offering.

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Last Update: July 29th, 2019


Alabama

University of West Alabama, Black Belt Museum

Fossils of the Black Belt 20 – A Hands-On Field Workshop

Sponsoring Organizations: Geological Survey of Alabama, University of West Alabama, Black Belt Museum, Discovering Alabama, Birmingham Paleontological Society, Alabama Geological Society

A field workshop in paleontology for K-12 teachers and other educators.

Date(s) of Event: October 15, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Location: Harrell Station, a paleontological research site near Selma Alabama.

Contact Information: David C Kopaska-Merkel, dkm@gsa.state.al.us, 205-247-3695.

Website: https://www.gsa.state.al.us/


California

San Diego Museum of Natural History

Fossil Day Celebration

Join The Nat’s paleontologists for a celebration of all things prehistoric. National Fossil Day is Wednesday, October 17, but we’re celebrating one week early with some show-and-tell and mini-tours. Touch fossils from our ancient past and meet the creatures that thrived here 100 million years ago, when our region was underwater. At 11:30, 12:30, or 1:30, jump on a 30-minute, behind-the-scenes tour of the Paleontology Lab, where museum scientists and volunteers prepare fossils for study. The paleontology staff will introduce you to the tools they use to uncover prehistoric life. Or join a docent tour of Fossil Mysteries, a walk through time in San Diego based on the fossil evidence.

October 16th, 2019

11 AM- 2 PM

San Diego Museum of Natural History; 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

https://www.sdnhm.org/

Florida

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

National Fossil Day Celebration

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Join us to celebrate National Fossil Day at the Bishop and practice your paleontology skills. Learn about Florida’s fossil history and more with activities for all ages!

Date(s) of Event: Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34206

Contact Information: Museum Main Number – 941-746-4131

Website: www.bishopscience.org


Illinois

Cosley Zoo

Celebrate National Fossil Day

Lauer Foundation for Paleontology, Science and Education and the Cosley Zoo

Join The Lauer Foundation and Cosley Zoo on Saturday October 19, 2019 to Celebrate National Fossil Day.

See first hand some of Illinois’ famous Mazon Creek fossils, including the state fossil the Tully Monster. Also see Megalodon shark teeth and dinosaur teeth and bones. Learn about fossils and geology. Have a chance to touch real fossils and take home a free fossil. All free with admission to Cosley Zoo. We will be open from 10-4.

Date(s) of Event: Saturday October 19, 2019

Time: 10:00 Am to 4:00 PM

Location: Cosley Zoo 1356 N. Gary Ave Wheaton, IL

Contact Information: Bruce and Rene Lauer Lauer Foundation for Paleontology, Science and Education 630.408.9304,Tami Romejko Education & Guest Experience Manager Cosley Zoo 630.665.5534

Website: Lauerfoundationpse.org, Cosleyzoo.org


Maryland

Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Dinosaur Day

Dinosaur facts and fun for all ages. Go on a bone

hunt. Measure out the size of ancient creatures. Chip away to find

fossilized rocks. Make your own 15-minute fossil! $5 per person, ages 1

and up, includes museum admission.

Date: Sunday, October 13

Time: 2-4 pm

Date: Monday, October 17

Time: 10:30 am

Location: 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis MD 21403

Contact Information: 410-990-1993, info@theccm.org

Website: www.theccm.org

Nevada

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

National Fossil Day Art Contest Awards and Display for Clark County Students

Protectors of Tule Springs

Event Description: Our National Fossil Day Art Contest is in its 5th year. The theme this year is Flora, Fauna, and Fossils of Southern Nevada. The Clark County School District Students are asked to submit artwork in 5 different categories; K-2, 3-5th, Middle School, High School and Digital Art. Our sponsors donate prize money for the winning teachers and students and free admission to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum (where the awards are presented). All students participating have their artwork displayed at the Museum until November 1st. Partners from the Las Vegas Science Festival, the National Park Service, Clark County School District, and NV Energy will be on hand to pass out the prizes.

Date(s) of Event: Saturday October 12th

Time: 10-1

Location: Las Vegas Natural History Museum 900 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas NV.

Contact Information: Jill DeStefano jilld@protectorsoftulesprings.org

Website: www.protectorsoftulesprings.org


New Jersey

Rutgers Geology Museum

Dinosaurs and Fossils Late Night at the Museum

Rutgers Geology Museum

Take a step back in time to discover the different types of dinosaurs and other creatures that inhabited Earth during the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras! Demonstrations, arts and crafts and educational activities will be set up around the museum and people are welcome to come and go as they please. The event is free and open to visitors of all ages.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

4:00 to 8:00 pm

Rutgers Geology Museum, 85 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Contact: geologymuseum@sas.rutgers.edu

https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/late-nights


New Mexico

Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum

National Fossil Day Festival

Free Admission and Exhibit Hall tours to the public as well as Tent Stores in the parking lot with Dinosaur Books, Minerals, Tee Shirts and Toys for early Christmas shopping. Food Trucks and Snow Cones available from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Fossil prep demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. October 19, 2019 11am to 4pm

Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum 222 E. Laughlin Ave., Tucumcari, NM 88401

Loni Monahan, Museum Director 575-461-3466 x253

www.mesalands.edu/community/dinosaur-museum

North Carolina

Aurora Fossil Museum

National Fossil Day Celebration!

Join us for a variety of free activities focusing on fossils!

Date(s) of Event: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Location: Aurora Fossil Museum 400 Main Street Aurora, NC 27806

Contact Information: events@aurorafossilmuseum.org 252-322-4238

Website: aurorafossilmuseum.org


North Dakota

Dakota Science Center & Grand Forks Public Library

Geosciences Day

Experience hands-on STEM activities for families!

Date(s) of Event: not set yet but a Sunday in Oct

Time: 2-3 pm

Location: Grand Forks Public Library; 2110 Library Cir, Grand Forks, ND 58201

Contact Information: Dakota.Science@gmail.com

Website: www.dakota-science.org & http://gflibrary.com/

Ohio

Cincinnati Museum Center

Fossil Fest: In Celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Museum of Natural History and Science

Cincinnati Museum Center

Did you know Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science is celebrating a birthday this year? It’s a big one too! 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of the museum. You know what else is big? And small? Fossils! So what better way to celebrate such a monumental birthday! Join CMC on Saturday October 19th for a festive day of fossils.

Saturday October 19th, 2019

10am to 4pm

Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203)

Emily Logue-Rose (elogue-rose@cincymuseum.org or 513-287-7000 ext: 7305)

https://www.cincymuseum.org/


Texas

Dallas Paleontological Society

https://www.dallaspaleo.org/

Multiple events and localities:

October 12th, 2019

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

National Fossil Day Celebration

Come explore the exciting world of fossils with members of the Dallas Paleontological Society. Learn about ancient Texas, see casts of Ice Age animals, and become a member of the "PIT" Crew (Paleontologists in Training). You can even bring in your own fossils and have them identified. Get a fossil to take home (while supplies last). This event is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum members.

Time: 1:30-4 p.m.

Address:Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069

Contact Information: info@heardmuseum.org, 972-562-5566

https://www.heardmuseum.org/

October 19th, 2019

Ladonia Fossil Park

National Fossil Day Celebration & Ladonia TX Science Week

Ladonia Fossil Park is located two miles north of Ladonia on Highway 34. Ladonia is located about 75 miles northeast of Dallas, midway between Greenville and Paris and is accessible by highway 34 and highway 50. For more information on the event or directions, call 903-456-2687

http://www.cocladonia.org/ladonia-fossil-park.html

Ladonia Fossil Park

National Fossil Day at North Sulphur River

Event Description: Fannindel High School, Ladonia, Texas: NSR Fossil Show, subject matter expert speakers to include Nathan Van Vranken on “Cretaceous Coastline of Texas”. Exploration of North Sulphur River Fossil beds.

Date of Event: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Time: Registration 8:00-10am Fossil Show: 8:30 am - 12 noon 10 am: Vertebrate Paleontologist Nathan Van Vranken, Dallas & Tarrant County Community Colleges; Mick Tune, member of Dallas Paleontological Society; P K Kirkpatrick and Doug Franklin, members of Bois d’ Arc Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist. 12 noon: arrive at Ladonia Fossil Park for NSR Exploration.

For More Information Call 903-456-2687

Website: http://www.cocladonia.org/ladonia-fossil-park.html

Mineral Wells Fossil Park

The Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce has announced their Crazy Fossil Dig for this year. It will be Saturday, October 19, at the Mineral Wells Fossil Park. No registration is required and it is open to the public.

The park address is 2375 Indian Creek Road, Mineral Wells, Texas.

Fossil Park is located northwest of Mineral Wells, Texas. From Mineral Wells, head west on Highway 180. Turn north on Indian Creek Road and drive approximately 2 miles to the Mineral Wells Fossil Park entrance.

https://www.mineralwellsfossilpark.com/news.html


UTAH

Great Basin Museum

The Fossils of Millard County

Great Basin Museum

Come join us to learn about the interesting Fossils of the West Central Utah region. During the day we will host school children and present learning activities. We will show and explain our collection of fossils and the associated natural history of our region. We will give directions to local invertebrate fossil collection areas in our west desert area.

DATE OF EVENT: October 16, 2019

TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

LOCATION: Great Basin Museum, 45 West Main Street, Delta, Utah

CONTACT INFORMATION:

435-864-5013 - e-mail gbm@frontiernet.net - web site - www.greatbasinmuseum.com
 

Submit an Event to Add to this List

To add your organization's event to the events list, please contact us with the following information:

  1. event title
  2. name of sponsoring organization
  3. event description
  4. date(s)
  5. time
  6. location
  7. contact information
  8. website

Organizations are encouraged to hold events to celebrate National Fossil Day on the scheduled NFD date, the weekend before or after, or another date that works for them.


Last updated: July 30, 2019