Educational Resources

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Educational Activities

Learn about our nation's fossils at home or in the classroom with these paleontology themed activities. Some of the activities have a site-specific element that can be adapted for use at home or in the classroom. Go to the Educational Activities page.

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Junior Paleontologist

The Junior Paleontologist program engages young people in activities that allow them to discover the significance of fossils and the science of paleontology, and introduces them to the national park system and to the mission of the National Park Service. Go to the Junior Paleontologist Program site.

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National Fossil Day™

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. Go to the National Fossil Day website.

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Official State Fossils

A great place to start learning about fossils is right in your "backyard", with your official state fossil. Go to the State Fossils list.

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Earth Science Concepts: Geologic Time

The National Park System contains a magnificent record of geologic time because rocks from each period of the geologic time scale are preserved in park landscapes. Learn about geologic time through the Geologic Time education resource page.


Last updated: May 13, 2020


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