Celebrate Our Geologic Heritage

During 2021 we celebrate the 12th Anniversary of National Fossil Day!  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. Learn more, Dig 20 Ideas Inspired by National Fossil Day.

Next National Fossil Day is
Wednesday October 13, 2021

illustration of a dinosaur

Official 2021 Fossil Day Artwork

Celebrate National Fossil Day 2021 with this year's official artwork—Our first featuring a dinosaur!

colorful drawing of prehistoric sea animals

2020 Art Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to all of our NFD artists! Thank you to everyone who participated.

drawing of a turtle-like fossil

2021 Art Contest Announced

This year's contest theme is, “Prehistoric Life from our National Parks and Monuments”

cover of coloring book with text Prehistoric Life in the national parks and cartoon scene

Prehistoric Life Coloring Book

The Prehistoric Life of the National Parks coloring book is now live with extra bonus coloring pages to download!

mural of prehistoric sharks

Sharks, Fossils, and Caves

Secrets Revealed at Mammoth Cave!

Last updated: February 8, 2021