Celebrate Our Geologic Heritage

During 2020 we celebrate the 11th 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 2020 National Fossil Day is was
Wednesday October 14, 2020


[NOTE: Thank you to all who participated in National Fossil Day in 2020! Updates for NFD 2021 are pending, please check back again. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for the new Official NFD Artwork for 2021—What prehistoric animal would you like to see? The new artwork and the theme for the 2021 NFD Art Contest will be announced on this site early in the New Year.]

colorful drawing of prehistoric sea animals

2020 Art Contest Winners Announced

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

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!

National Fossil Day artwork with permian reef illustration

Official NFD 2020 Artwork

Celebrate National Fossil Day 2020 with this year's official artwork featuring a rich diversity of Permian marine fossils.

drawing of a turtle-like fossil

2020 Art Contest Announced

This year's contest theme is, "Life of the Paleozoic Oceans!"

Last updated: October 15, 2020