Come enjoy a National Fossil Day celebration experience at the National Mall where nine National Fossil Day Partners will be hosting activities and exhibits.
Location: National Mall in Washington D.C.
Date: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The National Mall event for National Fossil Day will be set up on the pathway between the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of Natural History which is between Madison Dr. NW and Jefferson D. SW.
Partner activities include:
National Park Service:
Be sworn in as a Junior Paleontologist and receive your official junior paleontologist badge by completing our Junior Paleontologist workbook. Learn about fossils at our national parks with fossil demonstrations and additional handouts.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History:
Come sift through Miocene marine sediments to discover your very own shark tooth on the National Mall and then explore our exhibits inside the National Museum of Natural History where volunteers and docents will have more paleontological interactions in our The Last American Dinosaurs exhibit.
American Geosciences Institute:
Come visit the interactive photo-booth where you can your picture taken at famous fossil sites, and with fossils and other prehistoric creatures.
Franklin County High School / Virtual Worlds of Learning:
Experience a 3D virtual fossil K-12 educational expedition at the Grand Canyon created by our first National Fossil Day high school partner and Virtual Worlds of Learning.
Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission Dinosaur Park:
Learn about the fossils of dinosaurs and other creatures found just outside of Washington DC, including Maryland’s state dinosaur: the giant Astrodon johnstoni!
Calvert Marine Museum:
See amazing shark teeth and other fossils collected from the Chesapeake Bay Region.
Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service:
See fossils from our federal lands and learn how they are cared for and studied for future generations.
George Washington University, University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech:
Meet university paleontologist from the DC area and Virginia as they share their research projects from around the world.
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology:
Learn about this professional network of paleontologist and its commitment to the research at federal and state lands and the protection of public fossil resources.
Click here to contact the National Park Service for any questions about the event.