Celebrate Our Geologic Heritage

During 2023 we celebrate the 14th 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 11, 2023

Drawing of fossil horse and skeleton in a visitor center museum.

2022 Art Contest Winners Announced

Theme: “The Age of Mammals in our National Parks and Monuments”

National Fossil Day poster with blue border and scene of prehistoric shark and other marine animals

NFD 2023 Artwork

Featuring Mammoth Cave's Mississippian age shark and other marine animals.

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.

illustration of two Columbian Mammoths

Prehistoric Life of Tule Springs

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

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!

Last updated: January 21, 2023