Celebrate Our Geologic Heritage

Join paleontologists, educators, and students in fossil-related events and activities across the country in parks, classrooms, and online during National Fossil Day.  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.

Next National Fossil Day is
Wednesday October 16, 2019

National Fossil Day artwork with sloth illustration

Official NFD 2019 Artwork

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park, this year's artwork features Rampart Cave 11,000 years ago.

drawing of a turtle-like fossil

2019 Art Contest Announced

This year's contest theme is, "Extinct Giants and Survivors of the Last Ice Age"

drawing of prehistoric animals

2018 Art Contest Winners Announced

We are pleased to present the winners in each of the 4 age-group categories

a fossilized tree stump standing on the edge of a cliff looking out onto a green valley.

3D Models of Park Fossils

Learn how the Smithsonian and NPS are working together to create 3D fossil models!

Last updated: February 1, 2019