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National Fossil Day

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About National Fossil Day

Date When Celebrated: Varies. National Fossil Day October 16, 2024. Earth Science Week October 13-19, 2024.

National Fossil Day comes during Earth Sciences Week. This holiday is a very special day. It is not a day for us old fossils among the general population. Rather, it is a day to learn about and preserve rocks containing the remains of ancient life on earth. Comprised of animals and plants, they are a record of what life existed on the planet. Carbon dating identifies when these animals and plants lived. Fossilized rocks are found all over the planet. Perhaps fossilized are buried in your backyard, or a creek bed near your home. Paleontology is the study of fossilized rocks. If you choose paleontology as a career, you are a Paleontologist. 

In 2010, the U.S. National Park Service created the first National Fossil Day. According to their website, this 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.”

Did You Know? The oldest fossils are bacteria.

We hope you shake your bones and have a happy and educational National Fossil Day

Future Dates of National Fossil Day and Earth Sciences Week

The dates for these holidays vary each year.

For 2024:

Earth Science Week: October 13-19, 2024

National Fossil Day is October 16, 2024

For 2025:

Earth Science Week: October 12-18, 2025

National Fossil Day is TBD

For 2026:

Earth Science Week: October 11-17, 2026

National Fossil Day is TBD

For 2027:

Earth Science Week: October 10-16, 2027

National Fossil Day is TBD

How to Celebrate National Fossil Day

There are many ways to participate in this very special day.

  • Museums, schools, and other organizations can use the theme, to hold educational programs for the general public.
  • Parks around the country with known fossil beds can also hold educational programs, along with tours of fossil beds.
  • As individuals, we can participate in these programs and tours.
  • Pursue a career in Paleontology.

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History and Origin of National Fossil Day Day

In 2010, the U.S. National Park Service created National Fossil Day. It is a day to study the science of paleontology.

This relatively new, yet important special day, is a “National” day. We found no congressional or presidential proclamation making this day a true national day. However, an official Department of the United States created it. Therefore, it is a true and official “national day.

Definition of “National” Days

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