National Fossil Day, October 13, 2010

Title: National Fossil Day, October 13, 2010
Publication: The Outcrop, September 2010, p. 17

Attention, geologists! Would you like to participate in special fossil events taking place across the country at parks, museums, classrooms, and online? If yes, then get ready to celebrate National Fossil Day this October.

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 (www.earthsciweek.org). 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.

More than 228 parks managed by the National Park Service contain fossil resources. 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 stand where a fossil tree was rooted or where a fossil animal walked millions of years ago.

Download free resources and learn more about activities in your area at http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/. Join in the celebration today!

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