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 Fosisl Day.

Find National Fossil Day events taking place in national parks and those hosted by partners. This website will be updated with 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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National Fossil Day at the National Mall

Pathway between the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Castle

  • October 11th, 10 am – 2 pm

: Come enjoy a National Fossil Day celebration experience at the National Mall where nine National Fossil Day Partners will be hosting activities and exhibits.

Partner activities include:

  • National Park Service- Be sworn in as a Junior Paleontologist and receive your official junior paleontologist badge by completing our Junior Paleontologist workbook. Learn about fossils at our national parks with fossil demonstrations and additional handouts.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History- Come sift through Miocene marine sediments to discover your very own shark tooth on the National Mall and then explore our exhibits inside the National Museum of Natural History where volunteers and docents will have more paleontological interactions in our The Last American Dinosaurs exhibit.
  • American Geosciences Institute- Come visit the interactive photo-booth where you can your picture taken at famous fossil sites, and with fossils and other prehistoric creatures.
  • Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Dinosaur Park- Learn about the fossils of dinosaurs and other creatures found just outside of Washington DC, including Maryland’s state dinosaur: the giant Astrodon johnstoni!
  • Calvert Marine Museum- See amazing shark teeth and other fossils collected from the Chesapeake Bay Region.
  • Bureau of Land Management and FDA Forestry Service: See fossils from our federal lands and learn how they are cared for and studied for future generations.
  • George Washington University: Meet local paleontologist from GWU as they share their research and discoveries on new dinosaur and crocodile species from China.
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology- Learn about this professional network of paleontologist and its commitment to the research at federal and state lands and the protection of public fossil resources.

Contact information:


Anniston Museum of Natural History:

800 Museum Drive, Anniston, AL 36206

: Participate in National Fossil Day at Anniston Museum between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00pm (last admission sold at 4:30pm). Join us as we celebrate paleontology and the importance of fossils. Activities include identifying fossil types, creating your own fossil, and visiting with “living fossils”! This program is great fun for all ages. Crafts are first come, first served.

Child: $1 (does not include admission to Museum); Member Child: Free

Alabama Museum of Natural History:

University of Alabama 427 6th Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL

: Join us in a celebration of all things fossil during this National Parks Service established day of fossil appreciation and stewardship. 4:00-6:00 pm. Free and fun for all ages. Wednesday, Oct. 11th 4-6 pm Alabama Museum of Natural History, Smith Hall on campus at the University of Alabama

Contact Dr. Dana Ehret, Curator of Paleontology for more details: /common/utilities/sendmail/sendemail.cfm?o=4F8FDEB38FD6BB9C81BA5DAAFD02&r=/subjects/fossilday/events.htm


Alaska Public Lands Information Center, Anchorage

Anchorage Visitors' Center, 605 West 4th Avenue Suite 105, Anchorage , AK 99501

: More information coming soon.


Museum of Northern Arizona

3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

: Fossil Day at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Join MNA on the second Saturday of the month for exciting kids’ programs, hands-on activities, and creative crafts. Programs are included with admission and are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Family and kids of all ages are welcome.

Admission: $10

Petrified Forest National Park

: Petrified Forest National Park will be having events to celebrate National Fossil Day all day on October 11th.

Fossil Preparation - 9am–12pm & 1pm–3pm @ The Painted Desert Visitor Center Complex: Park paleontologists will be working on preparing fossils found in Petrified Forest National Park for the public to see. Come take a look and ask us questions!

Make Your Own Fossil Cast - 9am–12pm & 1pm–3pm @ The Painted Desert Visitor Center Complex: We'll have real fossils for visitors to choose from and make a replica of to take home. Come choose from your favorite Triassic animal!

Fossil Preparation Lab Tour - 11am & 2pm, Meet Inside the Painted Desert Visitor Center: A park paleontologist will take you around our preparation lab and give you an inside view of what our scientist do on a daily basis.

Triassic Talk - 11am & 2pm @ Crystal Forest Shade Shelter: Come learn about what The Petrified Forest looked like 220 million years ago during the Late Triassic.

Conversation & Cookies with a Park Paleontologist 1:30pm–3:30pm @ Rainbow Forest Museum. Come eat some cookies and chat with park paleontologists. They'll be there to answer all your burning questions about the Late Triassic and paleontology in general.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Carl Hayden Visitor Center, US-89, Lake Powell, AZ 84533

: Please join us for a fossil fun-filled day celebrating the paleontology of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area! Come and learn what massive creatures roamed the earth 66 million years ago! You can learn about the prehistoric past on Glen Canyon NRA and help real-life paleontologists dig for fossils! You can even become a Junior Paleontology Ranger! This hands-on event is for kids of all ages. Also:

-Help Decorate a Jurassic-Triassic landscape

-Touch real Dinosaur tracks

All the information you need is on our website:

Grand Canyon National Park

: National Fossil Day events at Grand Canyon National Park - Wednesday, October 11th

9-10 am Fossil Walk. Meet at Bright Angel Trailhead. Learn about Grand Canyon's ancient life through its fossil history. This easy walk along the Rim Trail explores the marine fossils of an ancient Permian Sea.(60 mins)

11am-1pm Fun with Fossils. Discover why fossils are important! Fun fossil games and activities for kids of all ages! Meet outside at Yavapai Geology Museum

12-1pm Ask a Scientist! How do fossils form? What is a Trace Fossil? Meet some of the Grand Canyon's Scientists and ask your question! Meet outside at Yavapai Geology Museum

7:30-8:30pm Paleontology at Grand Canyon Evening Program. Meet at the Shrine of the Ages. What fossils are found at Grand Canyon? Why are they important? What scientific research is currently happening in the park?


University of California Berkley Museum of Paleontology

1101 Valley Life Sciences Bldg, Berkeley, CA 94720

  • More information soon

The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

1141 E. Chestnut Avenue Santa Ana, CA 92701

: Prehistoric OC. The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center will celebrate International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day (which are only four days apart) on October 14, 2017 with a FREE educational family event, Prehistoric OC. The Prehistoric OC festival presents Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, and Native American culture to the community.

Prehistoric OC is fun for both young and old, with a number of activities including archaeological and paleontological demonstrations and exhibits, a Junior Scientist Camp featuring educational crafts and hands-on activities. The event will feature volcano demonstrations, Native American storytelling and a special visit from Rocky the T Rex!

Additionally, other participants include…

-Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

-Toll Roads/LSA Associate’s Fossils in Your Backyard

-OC Parks

-Orange County Historical Commission

-Cogstone Resource Management, Inc.

-SWCA Cultural Resources Management, Inc.

-Journeys to the Past

-Western Science Center

-Bolsa Chica Conservancy

-Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Geology Club

-Sea and Sage Audubon

-California Cultural Resource Preservation Alliance

-Mineralogical Society of Southern California

-American Opal Society


-And, the Jurassic Park Motor Pool (fleet of Jurassic Park jeeps)

Prehistoric OC is hosted in collaboration with Orange County Parks at the Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in Buena Park, CA where the Ralph B. Clark Interpretive Center is located which is filled with local fossils. The Center will be open to share its extensive fossil collection from Orange County.

For more information please visit the event’s Facebook page

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

: Dino Fest

Imagine the world 66 million years ago. A world filled with enormous insects, colossal flora, and monstrous creatures. Imagine the world with DINOSAURS! They once dominated the earth and this Fall they are taking over Los Angeles for the 2nd annual Dino Fest at NHM!

Join us on September 23rd and 24th for a two- day festival celebrating dinosaurs, their prehistoric past and the science that brings their world back to life! Meet world- renowned paleontologists from the Museum and beyond as they discuss historic and ongoing fossil discoveries from around the world! Visit exhibitors, catch a glimpse of rare specimens from the Museum’s collections, dig into hands-on activities, and explore our world renowned Dino Hall with the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series.

Daily Programming

In the Field

· Pop-up Demos: Plaster Field Jacket Making and Paleo Illustrating

· Hands-on Activities: Dinosaur Dig pits

· Discussion: California in the Age of Dinosaurs

In the Lab

· Hands-on Activities: Paleo Tools-learn how paleontological preparators use ComCo microblasting tools to help them clean fossils then try it yourself

· Dino Lab: Dino Lab (Level 2) sneak a peek at real fossils and see our staff working on the day-to-day details of fossil preparation at the Museum

In the Collections

· Tours: Dinosaur Hall

· Displays: Educational and hands-on booths from the Museum’s Dinosaur Institute, Invertebrate Paleontology and Vertebrate collections

In Pop Culture

· Talks: Dinosaurs in the Movies: their changing aesthetic and the techniques that brought them from fossil to iconic symbols with Special Effects creature artist Shannon Shea

· Shows: Dinosaur Encounters, dinosaur walkabouts and story time

· Meet and Greet: Meet Buddy the Dinosaur from PBS’s Dinosaur Train

Notable Paleontologists Participants

Dr. Luis Chiappe (NHM)

Dr. Nathan Smith (NHM)

Dr. Lars Schmitz

Dr. Kathleen Ritterbush, Assistant Professor University of Utah Department of Geology and Geophysics

Richard Hilton, Professor of Geology and Paleontology Sierra College

For more information about this year’s Dino Fest, please visit

The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

1175 W Base Line Rd, Claremont, California 91711

: Join us for the annual National Fossil Day celebration! Come to the museum to learn about the amazing paleontology heritage of our country and discover the amazing fossils that have been found right in our own backyards!

More information coming soon!

Special Event Admission:

$5.00 per adult

FREE, kids 4 and under

Western Science Center

2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet, CA 92543

: The Western Science Center will be celebrating National Fossil Day on October 7th with The Science of Being a Paleontologist. Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet the scientists who work at the Western Science Center (as well as the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and the University of California Riverside Earth Science department) and learn how they too can become a paleontologist. Science Saturdays are free family events held outside on the piazza of the Western Science Center from 10:30am – 1pm. Activities for Science Saturdays are free – there is an additional fee to enter the museum. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Brittney Stoneburg, # 951-791-0033. Ext. 221,

Ameal Moore Nature Center and University of California Riverside Department of Earth Sciences

Ameal Moore Nature Center, 400 Central Ave Riverside, CA 92507

: Fossil Day of our own! Come out Saturday, October 14 for this fun event as we dig through time for a glimpse at how the world has looked throughout the ages! This event is free and family friendly. Touch and see real fossils, talk with paleontologists, paint "fossils" to take home, dig up different time period, and come on a guided hike through the history of life!

Contact Information : Jess Miller-Camp (jessmc@ucr.ed) and Kim Cobb (

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

  • October 14th, 11 am – 2 pm

: Join Dr. Jonathan Hoffman, Earth Science Collection Manager, to explore what fossils can tell us about past climate, sea level, ecology, vegetation, and more. Look through microscopes to compare pygmy and Columbian mammoth diets, learn about trace fossils, explore the island effect, and discover why Santa Barbara is so geologically unique compared to other parts of California. Plus, kid-friendly activities including: mineral replacement demonstrations, create your own mock fossil casts and more!

FREE with paid admission.

Information: Call Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or

Anza Borrego State Park

200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, California 92004

: Track Tales Did you know: Anza-Borrego is one of the few places in California that have fossil tracks and trackways? Did you know: In the 1920s-1950s news articles were reporting Dinosaur Tracks in the Anza-Borrego Desert to promote tourism of the area? What animal made those tracks? THE TRACK MAKERS The tracks are what are called “trace fossils” and they record the presence of camels, horses, birds and others – the Track Makers who were here during the Pliocene and Pleistocene. Where can you see them? Most of our tracks and trackways were discovered in the 1980s. Some are her at the Stout Research Center Collection Hall.

Visit us during Open House to view a portion of our fossil track collection and the bones of the track makers. We will also be showing our work using 3D photogrammetry to create digital images and printable models of these ephemeral fossils. In the Paleontology Laboratory we are preparing our latest Mammoth skull, numerous mammoth bones and a giant land tortoise – all will be on display. Come and find out how we read the tracks and what they tell us.

Meet at the ABDSP Visitors Center for the short walk over to the Stout Research Center. Linda Gilbert Paleontology Society volunteer


Colorado Canyon Association:

543 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501

: National Fossil Day: Trail Stewards Interpretive Hike. Join Colorado Canyons Association's Education Director, Rob Gay, and fellow CCA Trail Stewards on this paleontology-based outing for National Fossil Day!

We'll head out to Rabbit Valley and explore the Trail Through Time's paleontological resources in the McInnis Canyons NCA.

For questions, and to reserve your spot, contact Killian Rush via or 970-263-7902.

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center

612 Royal Gorge Blvd

: The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center’s (RGRMHC) Junior Fossil Program is an introduction to the Royal Gorge area’s paleontology history for children ages 9-11. The students will visit local fossil sites and learn about the people who discovered them. The program will include touring the local fossil sites and the fossil exhibit at the museum. The program is limited to 15 students. Parents must register their by Friday, September 29th at 4pm.

Parents can pick up a registration form at RGRMHC located at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. on Wednesday, September 13th. The program is free and is sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office. Students will be required to walk and stand for long periods of time. Sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather and the terrain are recommended.

Program Agenda:

Oct. 7th

7:45am – 8am Sign-in at the RGRMHC (612 Royal Gorge Blvd., Cañon City)

8:15am – Noon Jeep ride to Marsh/Felch Quarry Site in Garden Park, Skyline Drive fossil tracks, and C-T Extinction site at the Hogbacks

Noon – 1pm Lunch at the RGRMHC (Students will provide their own sack lunch)

1pm – 2pm Tour the “Digging It” exhibit and the fossil storage area plus

2pm – 3pm Hands-on dinosaur excavation activity

Please call the RGRMHC at (719) 269-9036 if you have any questions. The Royal Gorge Regional Museum History Center is open Wed. – Sat. from 10am – 4pm and is free and open to the public.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Main Campus, 1030 Broadway, Boulder, CO

: Celebrate National Fossil Day with the CU Museum of Natural History!

We'll be outside the north entrance of the museum with our chocolate fondue pot so you can design your own trilobite cookie while learning amazing facts about these diverse creatures from long (really looong) ago. Explore real trilobite fossils, make a trilobite magnet, and piece together the trilobite puzzle.

Come by at lunchtime 11:00 am - 1:00 pm or for a late afternoon snack 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

Join us for a bite of fun in the middle of your day or after school! FREE.

Contact Information: Phone: 303-492-1666, Email:


Ashland Nature Center:

3511 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707

: Family Fossil Weekend Delaware Nature Society Dig into Delaware's past in the Visitor Center at Ashland Nature Center with FREE fun for the whole family!

Sift for Delaware fossils and keep your favorites. Learn about Delaware's prehistoric wildlife.

Explore the grounds for modern treasures and make your own "fossil" to take home.

Plus! Family Fossilizing Guided Trip to the C&D Canal for adults and children ages 7+ (pre-registration and fee required.)

Nature center activities: Saturday, OCt. 14th and Sunday, Oct. 15th, 8:30-4:30 Trip: Sunday, OCt. 15th, 10-3 Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE Contact Candy Farr (30) 239-2334 or Heather Siple


Florida Museum of Natural History:

3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611

  • November 4th, 10 am- 3pm

: Join us for a colossal fossil festival as we honor National Fossil Day in a big way!

Meet the paleontologists and geologists who work every day to uncover the secrets these ancient remains reveal about past life on Earth. Explore fossil displays and the kids dig pit. Bring your fossils for identification and talk to members of fossil clubs throughout Florida to learn what fossils can be found around the state!

Participating organizations include: Florida Paleontological Society, Florida Fossil Hunters, Southwest Florida Fossil Society, Florida Geological Survey, Florida Geological Foundation, Fossil Club of Lee County, FOSSIL Project, Tampa Bay Fossil Club, Manasota Fossil Club and others.


Name: Catherine Carey, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2064


Venue: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000


Archaeologists for Autism:

Pine Island Conservation Area, Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida. (Contact for exact directions)

  • October 21st, 9 am- 3 pm

: The Archaeologists for Autism mission is to unlock the potential of children and young adults with developmental disabilities. We aim to provide children with autism spectrum disorders and their families a chance to experience archaeology in a fun, low stress environment.

At our Archeologists for Autism event, children and young adults on the autism spectrum and their families will be walking the grounds of an actual archaeological site and be able to enjoy a wide range of activities related to archaeology and paleontology, live music, face-painting, and much more. Participants will be able to use social skills and various functional skills, all while having fun! A list of some of our activities can be found on our website.

Children on the autism spectrum ages 5 to 17 years and young adults on the spectrum ages 18 to 22 who are enrolled in public school or equivalent. (Free Event)

Important Dates:

Participant Registration-Sunday, August 20 through Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Vendor/Exhibitor/Activity Registration: Now through Friday, September 15, 2017.

Volunteer Registration: Sunday, August 20 through Friday, September 15, 2017.

For more Information:

Phone Number: 321-576-3334 or 576-3225




Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

221 N State St, Hagerman, ID 83332

: Hagerman Fossil Beds will celebrate National Fossil Day with the Hagerman Valley Foundation's Fossil Daze on Saturday, October 7, 2017. It will begin with a parade through town followed by afternoon activities and booths in the Hagerman City Park. We will be featuring fossil ducks at our booth, with Park Paleontologist Dr. Kari Prassack presiding.


The Field Museum:

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

: Come see local Ice Age fossils from Northern Illinois and Indiana as well as Paleozoic vertebrates from the famous Mazon Creek during our Meet a Scientist event. You can find us at the Science Hub right off the main hall, Stanley Field Hall between 1 pm and 3 pm on October 11th.

Burpee Museum of Natural History

737 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103

: Meet local fossil collectors and exhibitors, participate in hands on activities.

Christopher Noto will be giving a talk on “Killer Crocs and Giant Turtles: the Lost World of Cretaceous Texas.

Jane’s real skull will be on display! A rare treat hardly ever brought out of collections!

Contact Information: 815-965-3433

606 FOSSIL HUNT FOR NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY: Walk the Bloomingdale Trail Back Through Time

Churchill Field Dog Park, 1825 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

: How better to honor the spirit of National Fossil Day in Chicago than to go hunting for fossils right here on the 606?

Of course, these are no T.rexes. No, these fossils are six times that old. They are clams, snails, sea lilies, corals, that lived and died here in the Midwest. And were smothered by mud one very bad day some 460 million years ago.

We'll walk a couple blocks of the 606, then stop to explore the fossils all over Park 567. We'll talk about what we see, what it means, and how today's Chicago depends on that very history.

So change your perspective, get small for an hour, and take the time to get to know your prehistoric legacy. We promise it'll forever enrich your experience of this city we already know and love.

* To read DNAinfo's thinkpiece:…

* "The Man in the Dinosaur Hat": a 1001 Chicago Afternoons blogpost.

* Cost: FREE for National Earth Science Week

* What to Bring:

-Please dress weather appropriate-- and wear decent walking shoes!

-Any fossil you'd like identified

* What will be provided: A hand lens to use on-site

* MEET on the softball diamond in Churchill Field Park


Falls of the Ohio State Park

201 West Riverside Dr., Clarksville, IN 47129

5:00 to 6:45 PM Refreshments in the lobby

5:00 to 6:45 PM, Look for these activities:

  • Build a sea lily – Bird Observation Room
  • Design a Devonian Ecosystem – Classroom
  • Fossils of the World – River Room
  • Collecting piles – Outside behind the parking lot
  • Big mammoth tooth from collections, talk to Ron Richards – Lobby
  • Hike on fossil beds – 5 to 6 pm. Learn more about the Ancient Sea and Changing Lands exhibits

7:00 to 8:00 PM, Indiana’s Ice Age Life with Ron Richards, Senior Research Curator of Paleobiology, Indiana State Museum

- Contact information (phone numbers, e-mail, and websites): Alan Goldstein, 812-280-9970,,


Maryland Science Center

601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

: Dino Day. Roar with the dinosaurs when they take over MSC on Saturday, September 23 for Dino Day! Channel your inner paleontologist as you uncover fossils and learn about the dinosaurs who roamed the earth millions of years ago. Scour Dino Hall and use your reasoning skills to piece together clues to solve a dinosaur mystery. You might even get a chance to meet a “real” dinosaur!

  1. activities are free with paid admission and completely free for members.

The Natural History Society of Maryland

6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD

: National Fossil Day with Paleontologist Dr. Stephen J. Godfrey.

What do dinosaurs and space exploration have in common? Interested in a whale of a dinosaur? Celebrate National Fossil day with us and find out! Join us for a fossil filled evening at the Natural History Society of Maryland. Come explore some of the fossils from our collections with some local experts and enjoy a wonderful presentation by Dr. Stephen J. Godfrey from the Calvert Marine Museum who will be talking about some very cool local dinosaur discoveries!

The cost is $10 per person. You can either pay in cash at the event or prepay by following the link below.


Boston Public Library’s Children’s Library

700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

: Beneath Our Feet: National Fossil Day

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Boston Public Library! Learn how fossils form, make imprints of natural objects, and see real fossils from the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Contact: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, phone- 617-859-2387. E-mail-

Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

: National Fossil Day: Meet a Paleontologist- Celebrate National Fossil Day with ancient trilobites, sea scorpions, saber-toothed cats, giant ground sloths, and more. Meet Harvard paleontologists, and learn about the amazing prehistoric animals on exhibit. Bring your curiosity and questions to this all-ages event!

Contact: Arielle Moon, Website -

Oak Bluffs Public Library and Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute

56R School St, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

: Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Library! The event is FREE to all, and everyone is invited. This event is for all ages. Students and families are especially welcome. This event is a partnership between MPRI, the Oak Bluffs Public Library and the National Park Service. It is made possible by our presenters and public interest and by grants from the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council and from the Staples Educational Foundation. National Fossil Day is for citizenry to share their interest and excitement about fossils. Presenters include professional scientists [including from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, also MPRI], 7th and 9th grade budding scientists, and knowledgeable citizen scientists.

This is a drop-in and mingle event. Bring fossils to show to others or to ask about. Or just come and see what others bring. Share knowledge with presenters including the Martha’s Vineyard Museum; paleontologist Jessica Cundiff, and herpetologists Joe Martinez and Scott Smyers of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology; Betsy Dripps and Jill Bouck of The Polly Hill Arboretum; Janet Holladay of Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary; along with prehistorian and artist Duncan Caldwell, students Jacob and Sam Gurney, artist and swimming instructor Michael Wooley; archaeologist, published author, and fossil collector Bill Moody; student Anne Culbert, marine ecologist Wendy Culbert, paleobiologist Fred Hotchkiss of MPRI, library participants, and others.

Last year our Public brought fossils of beauty, interest and variety, most of which were found on the island; others described things they had found but did not have in hand. The presenters showed the interested public, and especially to youngsters, special pieces from their private collections. They shared their knowledge and passion, and they mingled and conversed and listened and explained. National Fossil Day can attract students to future career paths in earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, as well as avocational interests.


Dunn-Seiler Museum

Department of Geosciences, 112 Hilbun Hall, Mississippi State University, MS 39762

: This year, the National Fossil Day logo features an early fish of the Paleozoic Era. The Dunn-Seiler Museum’s Fossil Art & Story Contest also focuses upon the fish of ancient Mississippi—including the notorious Cretaceous “bulldog fish” and sharks! Our National Fossil Day contest invites you to sketch, draw, or create one of the ancient fish that swam in Mississippi’s waters over the last 400 million years. Our Mississippi’s Geologic Timeline can help you get started:

Fossil Art Contest (Categories: grades K-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-12th)

  • Create a model or draw a picture recreating life with an ancient fish of Mississippi. Please remember to identify what your ancient fish is, and when it lived.

Fossil Story Contest (Categories: grades 4th-6th and 7th-12th)

  • Alternatively, if you would rather write an episode about a fish’s life in Mississippi, please submit a short story that is 1500 words or less. Be sure to identify when your ancient organism(s) lived!

Completed art work and stories are due by October 6, 2017. Submissions will be judged on creativity and accuracy. Winners in each grade category (in both art and story competitions) wil be awarded.

The Dunn-Seiler Museum hosts school groups for tours, and fossil collecting at our local Cretaceous outcrop. Please check our website for more information. Tours can be scheduled through the MSU Visitors Center, 662.325.5203.


Bollinger County Museum of Natural History

207 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill, MO 63764

: Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History in Marble Hill, Missouri on Saturday, October 14 from 12:00 (noon) to 4:00 p.m.

Fossil ID and "Volcanoes in Missouri" presentation by geology professor Mike Fix at 1:00pm

Native American relics ID by Arrowhead Fred Bollinger and Native American tools display from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Try your hand at different types of primitive skills while you explore the world of ancient cultures.

Museum Fossil Scavenger Hunt, children's fossil dig and other fossil related activities.

Free Missouri fossil prizes for completing fossil scavenger hunt.

All activities and presentations are free with your paid museum admission.

Museum Admission: Adults $5 each and 17 years and under $2 each


Museum of the Rockies

600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59717

: Join MOR paleontologists in our annual celebration of National Fossil Day. New for this year, enjoy free admission* and pizza for $1 per slice. Meet real paleontologists, watch a dinosaur-themed Planetarium show, and explore select specimens from MOR’s mammal fossil collection. Children ages 5 - 12 can continue our Fossil Fest tradition by earning an official “Junior Paleontologist” badge or certificate from the National Park Service by completing hands-on activities. With more engaging activities, more program partners, and more to see and do, this year’s celebration of fossils is guaranteed to inspire young budding paleontologists!

*Only MOR’s Siebel Dinosaur Complex will be open during this free event.

For more information, please call 406-994-5257 or email

University of Montana Paleontology Center

University of Montana - C.H. Clapp Bldg., Missoula, MT

: Activities include fossil identifications; tours of the displays and the Research Collections, which only happen once a year; watch a selection of the new PBS Digital Studios YouTube show - EONS. Kids can check out the Junior Paleontologist Table.

Cost: Free


Contact: Kallie Moore/ (preferred)/ 406.243.5406


University of Nebraska State Museum

645 North 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0338

: In celebration of National Fossil Day, the University of Nebraska State Museum invites children and families to a special paleontology-themed night from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St. The event will feature activities that dig into the work of paleontology, led by state museum paleontologists.

Visitors will learn what a fossil is, have the opportunity to dig and sort for fossils and learn more about sister museum Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. Mueller Planetarium will present the fulldome show "Dinosaurs at Dusk" at 6 and 7 p.m. Lincoln City Libraries will lead a dinosaur-themed story time at 6:30 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to bring a fossil for a scientist to identify.

The museum's collection of vertebrate fossils is internationally recognized as a resource for understanding our prehistoric past, as well as some of today's most important scientific concerns, such as climate change. More than 1 million rare and irreplaceable specimens have been added to the collection since 1891 when director Erwin H. Barbour made his first fossil expedition to the Badlands of Nebraska and South Dakota. The division continues to make new discoveries in Nebraska, nearby states and other parts of the world. Modern field and laboratory techniques are used in the collection and preparation of fossils and cutting-edge methods are used in their study.


Las Vegas Natural History Museum:

900 Las Vegas Blvd, North Las Vegas, NV 89101

  • October 14th, 10 am- 3pm

: Join the Protectors of Tule Springs and Las Vegas Natural History Museum as we celebrate fossil discovery in Southern Nevada

  • Student art contest and award ceremony
  • Meet local paleontologist
  • Fun fossil activities
  • Critter connections and live shark feeding


The New Jersey State Museum:

205 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608

: During Earth Science Week, the New Jersey State Museum will have staff and volunteers in our public laboratory from 9AM-4PM, Tuesday (October 10th) through Friday (October 13th). The laboratory windows will be open and our paleontologists will be pleased to talk about their work and answer questions about anything in the Natural History Hall. All visitors will be greeted with the news that this is Earth Science Week and shown the emblem of National Fossil Day. The New Jersey State Museum has significant fossils of early fishes, much like those on the National Fossil Day 2017 Logo, and we will show actual specimens to everyone. Some of the specimens will be from the Devonian of Beartooth Butte, Wyoming (U.S. Forest Service Permit) and some will be from the Silurian of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, NJ and PA (U.S. National Park Service Permit).

The New Jersey State Museum is located in the State Capital area, 205 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey, near the Statehouse. The Natural History Hall is on the Second Floor. Free parking is available in the State Capitol Garage near the Museum; simply explain to the State Troopers that you are visiting the New Jersey State Museum. For further information contact David C. Parris, Curator of Natural History, telephone 609-984-3846 or e-mail: e-mail us

Rutgers Geology Museum

85 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

: Fossils and Dinosaurs Late Night at the Rutgers Geology Museum, Join the Rutgers Geology Museum in the Geology Hall on the 2nd Floor to partake in Dinosaur and fossil themed crafts and activities for visitors of all ages!

New Mexico

Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum

222 E Laughlin Ave, Tucumcari, NM 88401

: Visitors will see genuine fossils collected from students enrolled in our two-year Paleontology program as wells as life-sized bronzes created through the Fine/Arts Bronze program at Mesalands Community College.

The MCC Dinosaur Museum will offer FREE admission to on October 13th and 14th 2017 in celebration of National Fossil Day from noon to 5pm.

The museum will also offer free lectures at 1pm each day. The title of the lecture "Trilobites: Rulers of the Paleozoic Seas".


American Museum of Natural History:

Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

  • October 18th, 10 am- 12 am

: Drop-In Event for School Groups.

Registration Information: You must register as a regular school group. Please visit for details.

Note: While you must pre-register your group in order to visit the museum, no reservations for the drop-in activities are accepted; all offerings are first-come, first serve.

Location: Grand Gallery, First Floor and 4th Floor Fossil Halls

In celebration of National Fossil Day, this special event will help students understand how studying fossils teaches us about the history of life, past climates, and ancient landscapes. Activities explore fossil formation, extinction theories, fossil diversity and much more.

Free admission for New York City school and camp groups to the American Museum of Natural History is generously supported by the Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.

Museum of the Earth and the Paleontological Research Institution

1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

: Fossil Mania- Three hour event that educates Museum visitors about Fossils- types, & formation with hands-on specimen-driven activities. We have Fossil World which is an area where families with young children can interact and play with fossil in a different and slightly carnival-like way. The fossil focus will be Paleozoic fish.

Contact: 607-273-6623 x33 website:

Department of Earth Sciences and Geography / A. Scott Warthin Museum of Geology &Natural History, Vassar College

124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

: It’s National Fossil Day! Join the students and faculty of the Vassar College Department of Earth Science and Geography to learn more about past life, the geological history of New York and Dutchess County, and what fossils can teach us about climate change and the environment. Organized by the National Park Service, National Fossil Day celebrates the amazing diversity of life that once occupied the Earth. We will have paleontologists to answer your questions and lots of fossils on hand to explore.

Contact: John Fronimos,


Aurora Fossil Museum:

400 Main Street, Aurora, NC 27806

: Please join us at the Aurora Fossil Museum to celebrate National Fossil Day! Activities include fossil displays, fossil talks, games, prizes, and live music in the Fossil Park! A family fun day filled with community, fun, and FOSSILS!!

Imagination Station Science and History Museum:

224 Nash Street East, Wilson, NC 27893

  • Multiple events on October 7th, October 10th, and October 11th.

: Saturday, October 7th

Educator Trek – Fossil Hunt

Event description: Follow Justin through the waters of Green Mill Run. This unsuspecting stream, which runs into East Carolina University's main campus, is a gold mine for fossils from North Carolina's Pliocene and Cretaceous periods.

Justin will lead you to the best spots for fossil and artifact finds. He'll then guide you through the digging and screening process. Among the things you might uncover, and Justin will teach you to identify, are sharks teeth and bone fragments. You may even be lucky enough to find the coveted tooth of a modern Great White!

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Greensprings Park, Greenville, NC

Contact information: Justin White,


: Tuesday, October 10th

Science Lab Tuesday – Fantastic Fossils

Event description: Discover prehistoric life as we dig through time. Students will learn how fossils are formed, the basics of identification and how to properly curate your collection. Our class we conclude with a fossil dig from various geologic time periods. Best of all, you can keep what you find!

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Imagination Station Science and History Museum

224 Nash Street East, Wilson, NC 27893

Contact information: Justin White,


: Wednesday, October 11th

National Fossil Day

Event description: Travel back in time with us as celebrate National Fossil Day. Come and see some of the exciting specimens from our fossil collection such as megalodon teeth and whale bones. Participants will even have the opportunity to hunt for their own fossils to take home! Best of all, this event is FREE!

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Location: Imagination Station Science and History Museum

224 Nash Street East, Wilson, NC 27893

Contact information: Justin White,



Fargo Public Library

Main Library, 102 3rd Street North, Fargo, ND 58102

: Celebrate National Fossil Day: Paleozoic Life on Land & Sea- Kids ages 5 and older are invited to the Main Library on Saturday, Oct. 7 to join Dr. Lydia Tackett and Jessie Rock from NDSU's Dept. of Geosciences for another National Fossil Day celebration! Beginning at 10 a.m., we'll "dig" for real Paleozoic fossils, reconstruct Paleozoic seascapes, go fishing in the weird Ediacaran seas, experience hands-on activities with real fossils, and meet paleontologists from NDSU. No registration is required for this event.

Contact information- Cynthia Mason, 701-241-1495


The Ohio State University, School of Earth Sciences, Orton Geological Museum

Orton Hall, 155 South Oval Mall, Columbus OH, 43210

  • October 11th, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

: National Fossil Day-The event will include a fossil match game (winners qualify to win a Devonian trilobite), an opportunity to have any fossils identified free of charge, a free guided tour of the geology museum fossil displays (every half hour; self-guided tours possible during entire event), and a free Devonian brachiopod for joining in the celebration of National Fossil Day.

Contact information: Professor Mark Kleffner is hosting the event. Contact info is, 419-995-8208

Ohio Statehouse

1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • October 11th, 12 pm to 1 pm

: Join us for a Statehouse Fossil Tour—a geology tour of the Statehouse with special guest Dale M. Gnidovic, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum. Experts will discuss the "Building Stones of Capitol Square."

Contact information- 614-728-2130 or e-mail us

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106

: Dig into archaeology, geology, mineralogy and more from 10am to 4pm Saturday, October 14. This event is included with general admission. Members get in free! Non-members: free with general admission

  • Bring in a fossil, rock, mineral or artifact for identification
  • Try primitive technologies like atlatl spear throwing (weather permitting)
  • Tour the Seismic Observatory and hear about recent earthquake activity
  • Talk with Museum curators, volunteers and staff from the departments of Archaeology, Invertebrate Paleontology, Mineralogy, Paleobotany & Paleoecology and Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Meet guest scientists and representatives from local clubs and societies including the Cleveland Geological Society, the Cleveland Grotto of the National Speleological Society and the Summit Lapidary Club
  • Enter free geology raffles and listen for winners every hour (must be present to win)
  • Create a kid-friendly craft to take home in Smead Discovery Center on the Museum's lower level


University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

1680 E 15th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403

: Fossils as Guides to Conservation - National Fossil Day Talk.

On this National Fossil Day, join MNCH paleobiologist Edward B. Davis and explore how the fossil record can help us better manage Earth's ecosystems today and in the future. Included with regular museum admission; free for MNCH members and University of Oregon ID card holders.

Talk will take place in the Galleria at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

Crescent Park Senior Living

2951 Coburg Road, Eugene, OR 97408

  • October 11th, 11 am

: Celebrate National Park Services National Fossil Day with an educational presentation on Oregon Fossils.

Featured in numerous magazines and guides about Oregon, meet “Oregon Fossil Guy” Guy DiTorrice here at Crescent Park, and learn about the wonderful Oregon Coast.

Guy will present an entertaining overview of the wide variety of Miocene-age fossils found in the gravel and cobble piles below sea cliffs and on sandy beaches along Oregon’s rugged coastline. See actual fossils that have been found and learn how they were created.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, bear Dayville, Oregon

: Kids of all ages, come to John Day Fossil Beds and celebrate National Fossil Day!

On that day, go on a ranger-guided hike in Blue Basin at 11 am, use microscopes, and participate in a practice prep lab by excavating fossils. T

he park paleontologist will be available to identify rocks and fossils (remember no collecting in the monument) and will give a talk at 1 pm.

Date: October 7, 2017 time: 11am-3pm location: Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, near Dayville, Oregon

Contact information: 541-987-2333 website:


The State Museum of Pennsylvania:

300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120

  • October 11th, 11 am- 1 pm

: National Fossil Day is hosted by the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute during Earth Science Week in October. 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.

Join us in celebrating National Fossil Day in the Paleontology Gallery. This year’s theme is “Who’s that Lurking in the Paleozoic?”

This event is included with General Admission to the Museum.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science

1700 West Montgomery Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19121

: Evening with an Expert, How Modern Research Illuminates Our Fossil Collection with Dr. Jason Downs. The Wagner’s fossil collection is vast and diverse—it started with William Wagner’s extensive European trading in the mid-19th century and grew with the Institute’s later expeditions in the Southeastern U.S. In this Evening with an Expert, Wagner faculty member Jason Downs will share contemporary research that sheds new light on a handful of our fossil specimens, including the ichthyosaurs and dinosaurs. In addition to today’s research, Dr. Downs will explore the history of the specimens to reveal how our understanding of the prehistoric life has changed from the 19th century to now.

Dr. Jason Downs is Assistant Professor of Biology at Delaware Valley University and a Research Associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the Vertebrate Paleontology Group. With the Academy, Downs has been an active researcher and done extensive fieldwork, including being part of the team who discovered Tiktaalik roseae, a specimen that shed new light on the vertebrate transition to land. He has a PhD from Yale University in Geology and Geophysics and BAs in Biology and Geology from Penn. Jason grew up in Philadelphia and came to the Wagner as a child, an experience that he says led to his becoming a paleontologist. He is an extremely popular member of the Wagner’s faculty, teaching courses about paleontology, evolution, and more!

Tour is limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $30; $20 for members*

Purchase tickets at:

Or call Cara Scharf at 215-763-6529 x24 to purchase tickets over the phone.

South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

501 East St. Joseph Street Rapid City, SD 57701

: Rock and Fossil ID Day- Student volunteers from the Paleo Club at SD Mines will set up tables and identify rocks and fossils brought in by members of the public as well as give brief descriptions of the environments that created or fossilized said specimens.

The Museum of Geology is located on the third floor of the O’Harra building on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus.

Contact- | 605-394-2467


Texas Memorial Museum

The University of Texas at Austin, 2400 Trinity St. Austin, TX 78712

: Free activities with paid admission to the museum

9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fossil Identifications. Meet a paleontologist to learn about your personal fossil finds and the fabulous fossil record of Texas. (1st floor, Paleo Lab)

9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Prehistoric Stories. Storytime for children aged 5 and younger. (2nd floor, The Niche)

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fossil Dig Pit. Young paleontologists can make their own discoveries of Texas fossils. (Outdoor classroom, weather permitting)

2:30, 3:15, and 4:00 p.m. Gallery Talk: What’s the buzz about prehistoric whorl-toothed sharks? Meet a paleontologist and learn more about these freaky fish! (4th floor, Main Exhibit Gallery)

Mayborn Museum

Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76706

: Make a Fossil from 10 am-12 pm: Visitors will get to simulate the process of fossilization. Ask a Paleontologist from 10 am-2 pm: A geoscientist from Baylor University will share information about the life of a paleontologist. Visitors will explore the ways that paleontologists work, and the methods and tools they use to understand ancient life. Activities are included with the purchase of an admission ticket.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069

: Fossil Day Celebration! Come explore the exciting world of fossils with members of the Dallas Paleontological Society. Learn about ancient Texas, see casts of animals, and become a member of the "PIT" Crew (Paleontologists in Training). You can even bring in your own fossils and have them identified.

Contact information: 972-562-5566,

Ladonia Fossil Park

Program at Fannindel High School, 601 W. Main St., Ladonia, TX and hunting following at the Ladonia Fossil Park on Hwy 34

: National Fossil Day at North Sulphur River- National Fossil Day Program with fossil exhibit and presentation plus group hunting at the Ladonia Fossil Park assisted by guides from Texas Master Naturalists, Dallas Paleontology and Chamber of Commerce of Ladonia.

Team effort by: City of Ladonia; Texas Master Naturalist, Bois d’ Arc Chapter; Chamber of Commerce of Ladonia; Texas Master Naturalist, Backland Prairie Chapter; Dallas Paleontological Society; and National Park Service.

Contact information: PK, 214-794-2110,; Doug, 903-456-2687

Dallas Zoo

650 SRL Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX, 75203

: Join us in celebrating National Fossil Day with special exhibits, games and activities in the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo. Fossils are some of the most popular items traded in the Nature Exchange, our wildly popular swap shop for nature items. Nature Exchange traders of all ages can bring in natural items to earn points, which they can then use to "buy" items brought in by other traders.

Waco Mammoth National Monument

6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive, Waco, Texas 76708

  • October 21st, 9 am- 5 pm

: Fall Fossil Festival 2017- This free event includes fossil-themed games with prizes, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, a photo booth, face painting, and lots of family fun. Purchase a $5 wristband at the gate to enjoy access to the dig site and unlimited trackless train rides.

Contact information 254-750-7946


Dinosaur National Monument

Jensen, Utah

: 2017 Rocktoberfest Schedule of Events at Dinosaur National Monument

Every Day, All Month

Discovery Table, Junior Ranger & Junior Paleontologist Books

Saturday, October 7

10:00 am - Rock Art Caravan

2:30 pm - Quarry Talk: Geology

3:30 pm - Quarry Talk: Introduction

Sunday, October 8

10:00 am - Rock Art Caravan

2:30 pm - Quarry Talk: Paleontology

3:30 pm - Quarry Talk: Introduction

Wednesday, October 11

10:00 am - Quarry Talk: Paleontology

3:30 pm - Quarry Talk: Introduction

Saturday, October 14

10:00 am - Rock Art Caravan

2:30 pm - Quarry Talk: Geology

3:30 pm - Quarry Talk: Introduction

Sunday, October 15

10:00 am - Quarry Talk: Introduction

3:30 pm - Quarry Talk: Introduction

Saturday, October 21

9:30-11 am - Paper Petroglyphs

10:00 am - Rock Art Caravan

2:30-4 pm - Paper Petroglyphs

Sunday, October 22

9:30-11 am - Paper Petroglyphs

2:30-4 pm - Paper Petroglyphs

Dinosaur Rocktoberfest Program Descriptions

Celebrate Earth Science Week, National Fossil Day and International Archeology Day at Dinosaur

Discovery Table

There are 23 different geologic formations exposed at Dinosaur. Take a closer look at a few of the rocks and fossils found within them. On display at the Quarry Visitor Center all month (and outside all year).

Be a Junior Ranger or Junior Paleontologist

At any time for any age: Request a free Dinosaur Junior Ranger or National Junior Paleontologist activity book, complete the activities recommended for your age, and earn a different badge for each book.

Rock Art Caravans

Meet at the Quarry Visitor Center for a 1.5 hour ranger-led caravan along Cub Creek Road for short talks at two rock art locations, followed by an optional hike. Bring water and good shoes for a half-mile round-trip hike on a moderate trail. You will drive your own vehicle.

Quarry Talks at the Quarry Exhibit Hall

The Geology of Dinosaur See how past environments and geologic events led to our present day landscape. 30-45 minutes.

Profiling Paleontology Meet interesting characters who influenced the discovery and understanding of fossils through time. 30-45 minutes.

Introduction to the Quarry 150 million years in 15-25 minutes.

Paper Petroglyphs

Pick up supplies at the Quarry Visitor Center to explore your creative side and capture a memory of your visit using images and symbols.

U-Dig Trilobite Quarry near Delta Utah

  • October 14th, All Day

: TEACHER TRILOBITE DAY- Teachers Workshop and Family trilobite hunting. Led by Genevieve Atwood, former State Geologist of Utah, with geologist-volunteers of Earth Science Education. U-Dig quarry - is about 50 miles west of Delta, and about 4 hours from Salt Lake (130 miles). U-Dig has discounted prices for four hours of collecting: $25 / adult for teachers, family-friends, $15 / youth, $free for under 6. They provide hammers and advice.

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Canyonlands Natural History Association 50th Birthday Celebration

Moab Information Center, Corner of Main and Center, Moab, Utah, UT 84532

• September 13, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM


: Join us in celebrating the Canyonlands Natural History Association's 50th birthday party! The Bureau of Land Management will have hands on local fossil displays from the Moab area, with fun fossil crafts and activities. This event is free and open to the public, with livemusic, cake and partner appreciation!

Contact: ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist, 435-259-2179;;

National Public Fossil Lands Day/ Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite

• September 29, 2017, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

: Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite (15 miles north of Moab on US 191. Turn left on the dirt road marked “Mill Canyon.” Follow signs for the next 0.8 miles to the parking lot for the trail, located to the right in the rock lined parking area. Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 38.720714-109.733994)

The Bureau of Land Management-Moab Field Office is looking for volunteers to help complete a trail re-route at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite. This short trail work will involve re-routing the existing trail to a new gate and will require the use of shoves, rakes, and wheelbarrows. A guided tour of the Mill Canyon Dinosaur

Tracksite will be offered for interested participants. The work will take place at the Mill Canyon Tracksite Trail north of Moab. Participants are asked to meet at the trail head, and to bring gloves, a hat, water bottle and lunch. Water will be provided.

Contact: ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist, 435-259-2179;;

Moab Festival of Science

Sun Court on Center Street, Moab, Utah

• September 30, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

: STEMonstrations, or hands-on science activities and demonstrations for students and families. BEACON, Utah State University, Canyon Country Discovery Center, Youth Garden Project, the Bureau of Land Management and more are partnering to bring these fun and free educational activities to the Moab community.

Contact: ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist, 435-259-2179;;

Moab Festival of Science

• October 1, 2017, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

: Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite (15 miles north of Moab on US 191. Turn left on the dirt road marked “Mill Canyon.” Follow signs for the next 0.8 miles to the parking lot for the trail, located to the right in the rock lined parking area. Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 38.720714-109.733994)

: The Bureau of Land Management - Moab has partnered with the Museum of Moab and Utah Friends of Paleontology to offer free, guided tours of the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite. Paleontologists will be on hand to tell you about this unique 112 million year old dinosaur tracksite, and about the 6 different kinds of dinosaurs who left their tracks here. Tours will be offered every half hour.

Contact: ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist, 435-259-2179;;


Stonerose Interpretive Center & Eocene Fossil Site

15 N Kean St, Republic, WA 99166

  • This October 6th-8th (note! this is a date change from a previous post) Stonerose is hosting its 7th Annual National Fossil Day (NFD) event. The program will include Kid’s Day on Friday…painting the popular geologic timeline on part of Kean Street; Saturday, scientific presentations and discussions, a dinner and silent auction and lots of digging for fossils. Plan to take part in celebrating NFD at Stonerose!

Our goal is to promote and enhance science education in order to broaden public knowledge and allow casual networking with the scientific community. All listed events are open to the public!

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

17th Ave. NE & NE 45th St. Seattle, WA 98105

: Celebrate National Fossil Day and see live fossil preparation at the Burke! The doors will be open to our Testing, Testing 1-2-3 fossil prep lab so you can get up close to examine the incredible progress our paleontologists are making on the “Tufts-Love” T. rex skull and other fossils.

Contact information:, 206.616.3962


Tate Geological Museum:

Casper College, 125 College Dr, Casper, WY 82601

: The Tate Geological Museum at Casper College will be holding an open house where they will offer tours of the prep lab and the new Rex Annex, home of Lee Rex, crafts, face painting, their own Fossil Road Show to ID fossils, and they plan to feature their new 3D sandbox!

Call the front desk for more information: 307-268-2447

Fossil Butte National Monument

Kemmerer, Wyoming

: Fossil Butte National Monument Hosts National Fossil Day Events Kemmerer, Wyoming – On Saturday, October 14, 2017, monument staff and volunteers will host events in celebration of National Fossil Day.

We will be observing National Fossil Day from 8am-4:30pm with all day activities including hands-on demonstrations, arts & crafts and exhibit tours of the Monument Museum, geared for children and adults.

From 11am-1pm, the public can learn how to prepare fossils at the monument. Visitors are invited to learn more about the art of fossil preparation and try it themselves. Park staff will train participants in our Fossil Preparation Lab using tools like a microscope, air scribe and air abrasive to uncover fossils which have never been seen before!

National Fossil Day is an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. Join paleontologists, educators, and students in fossil-related events and activities across the country in parks, classrooms, and online during National Fossil Day.

For more information on current conditions and updates on park activities, visit, call 307-877-4455, or follow FossilButteNPS on social media.


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  4. date(s)
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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.