National Fossil Day Events

Below is a list of partner sponsored National Fossil Day events for 2017. 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.

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.



  • 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


  • Florida Museum of Natural History: 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 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!


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



  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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!!


  • 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.