National Fossil Day
About National Fossil Day
Date When Celebrated: Varies. National Fossil Day October 12, 2022. Earth Sciences Week October 8-14, 2022.
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. Fossilized rocks may be buried in your backyard, or a creek bed near your home. Paleontology is the study of fossilized rocks. If you choose this 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 date for these holidays vary each year.
Earth Sciences Week: October 9-15, 2022
National Fossil Day is October 22, 2022
Earth Sciences Week October 8-14, 2023
National Fossil Day is October 11, 2023
Earth Sciences Week: October 13-19, 2024
National Fossil Day is October 16, 2024
Earth Sciences Week: October 12-18, 2025
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
National Fossil Day was created in 2010. It was created the U.S. National Park Service
This relatively new, yet important special day, is called a “National” day. We found no congressional or presidential proclamation making this day a true national day. However, it was created by an official Department of the United States, making the “national:” tag official.
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