Celebrate National Fossil Day in our Parks

October 12, 2010, 9:21 am

October 13, 2010 is first-ever National Fossil Day

The National Park Service and the American Geological Institute are partnering to host the first National Fossil Day on October 13, 2010 during Earth Science Week. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

On October 13, paleontologists and park rangers across the country will share fossil discoveries at special events nationwide and explain the importance of preserving fossils where they are found, so that everyone can share a sense of discovery!

Fossils discovered on the nation's public lands preserve ancient life from all major eras of Earth's history, and from every major group of animal or plant. In the national parks, for example, fossils range from primitive algae found high in the mountains of Glacier National Park, Montana, to the remains of ice-age animals found in caves at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Public lands provide visitors with opportunities to interpret a fossil's ecological context by observing fossils in the same place those animals and plants lived millions of years ago.

National Fossil Day activities will also highlight fossil fuels to correlate with this year's Earth Science Week theme, "Exploring Energy."

For more information, visit the National Fossil Day website, which lists National Fossil Day events by state, provides guidelines for the National Fossil Day 2010 Art Contest and serves as a one-stop shop for teachers, students, and paleontology-lovers seeking more information.