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

drawing of a park scientist examining prehistoric animals and fossils outdoors on land and in water

2021 Art Contest Winners Announced

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

two dinosaurs walking across a dry lakebed

Age of Dinosaurs

inosaur fossils found at least 21 NPS areas encompasses everything from some of the earliest to the last known dinosaurs of North America.

Artwork depicting the Coconino desert environment and two primitive tetrapods

Fossil Footprints Across Our Parks

Take a virtual ranger-guided hike through time and across parks!

colorful drawing of a dinosaur

Dinosaurs! Coloring Pages

Includes 15 pages of dinosaurs from National Parks and National Natural Landmarks.

illustration of two Columbian Mammoths

Prehistoric Life of Tule Springs

Meet the Ice Age creatures that once roamed near modern day Las Vegas.

Last updated: October 13, 2021