National Fossil Day Celebration

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. For more information visit the National Fossil Day webpage.

2018 National Fossil Day Celebration

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DATE | October 17

TIME | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

COST | Free

PARKING | At 5:00pm, the parking lot (Lot B) to the east of the building becomes free parking.

Campus Map

DESCRIPTION | Activities include rock and fossil identifications; tours of the Research Collections Room, which only happen once a year; a few short videos on Quetzacoatlus featured in this year’s artwork; and activities geared especially for kids ages 5 to 12 will take place at the Junior Paleontologist Station. 

TOUR STATIONS | There will be volunteers at each station with information and to answer questions during this “self-guided” event.  All stations will be in the C.H. Clapp building (CHCB).  For more information on any of these stations visit the Welcome Table on the 1st floor, east atrium.  Follow the footprints!

Collections Room – CHCB 6
Guided tour start times:
5:30 | 6:00 | 6:30 | 7:00 | 7:30
*please arrive at least 5 minutes in advance, no admittance once door is closed.
 1st Floor
Tour Through Time – Displays
Rock & Fossil IDs
3rd Floor
Ice Age – Displays
Jr. Paleontologist Station – outside CHCB 323
Quetzacoatlus videos - CHCB 304
- PBS Eons – The Biggest Thing That Ever Flew (5:15)
- Gary Staab - Life Size Quetzalcoatlus sculpture (2:04)
- SciShow - IDTIMWYTIM: Bird or Dinosaur? (3:16)
*episodes will play on a loop

National Fossil Day 2019

Mark your calendars! The next National Fossil Day Celebration will be October 16, 2019.
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