The National Museum of Natural History, along with the National Park Service and other partner agencies and organizations, invites you to to join us for National Fossil Day on Saturday October 15, 2016 from 10:00AM - 4:00PM.
SEE FULL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES BELOW
Join us for programs and activities about fossils on the ground floor and in
Q?rius, the Museum's interactive science education space. Visitors of all ages are invited to talk to paleontologists, handle fossils and discover more about how fossils reveal the history of life on Earth.
Art will meet science in Q?rius Jr. (1st floor), where visitors will be able to make their own fossil rubbings. Explore the exhibition, "Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World", and see ongoing research and fossil preparation in at the FossiLab (2nd floor).
All events are free and open to the public.
Constitution Avenue Lobby
Visitors Welcome/Orientation Station
Download a printable map of National Fossil Day activities within the museum.
Evans Gallery (Behind the Information Desk)
Hands-on activities and demonstrations. Meet scientists and fossil conservation experts from partner organizations. Special opportunity to become a Junior Paleontologist for the
National Park Service!:
- The National Park Service, Founder of National Fossil Day
Offering the Junior Paleontologist's Pledge with Badge hourly @ 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm
- Bureau of Land Management
- Calvert Marine Museum
- US Army Corps of Engineers Veterans' Curation Program
"Heroes preserving history" - America's war veterans are trained to identify and preserve the fossils found every day
- US Forest Service
Youth 12 and under with a Junior Paleontologist badge get in free to Dinosaurs Alive! 3D at the Samuel C. Johnson IMAXÂ® Theater on the First Floor. Runtimes all day.
Museum Family Store
11:30am - 12:30pm and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
BOOK-SIGNING WITH BOB WALTERS AND TESS KISSINGER
Paleoartists and Authors of Discovering Dinosaurs
Q?RIUS (Ground Floor)
Speak with museum scientists, staff, and volunteers about current developments in fossil research, conservation, and exhibition. Handle fossils; learn about the history of life on earth from interactive and hands-on activities.
ASK A PALEONTOLOGIST - Talk with scientists from our museum and the US Geological Survey about their research and what it’s like to be a paleontologist.
|10:00 am - 12:00 pm||Diets of Fossil Mammals with Museum scientists Dani Fraser and Silvia
|12:00 pm - 2:00 pm||How Are Fossils Formed? with Museum scientist Kay Behrensmeyer|
|2:00 pm - 4:00 pm||Marine Microfossils with US Geological Survey scientist John Repetski|
|10:00 am - 11:30 am||Dinosaurs in the Polar Forest with Museum scientist Matt Carrano|
WORKING WITH FOSSILS - Talk with experts in fossil preparation to learn how fossils are conserved and prepared for exhibits and research.
|10:00 am - 12:00 pm||Fossils and 3D Scanning with Smithsonian 3D Specialist Adam Metallo|
|12:00 pm - 2:00 pm||Fossil Preparation and Collections Management with Museum technicians
Matt Miller and Michelle Pinsdorf
|2:00 pm - 4:00 pm||Building Dinosaurs in the New Deep Time Exhibition with Museum exhibit developer Siobhan Starrs|
FOSSILS BIG AND SMALL - Scientists studying fossils from macroscopic to microscopic share how advances in technology enable them to find clues about life on earth.
|10:00 am - 12:00 pm||Green River Fossils with Museum scientist Dale Greenwalt|
|12:00 pm - 2:00 pm||Fossil Pollen with Museum scientist Antoine Bercovici|
|2:00 pm - 4:00 pm||Trace Fossils with Museum scientists Laura Soul and Matt Vrazo|
AMERICAN GEOSCIENCES INSTITUTE - In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION - Fossil Display
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE THOMAS STONE HISTORIC SITE - The Fossilization Challenge
VOLUNTEER FACILITATED ACTIVITIES
- MICROFOSSILS - Sift through matrix to find microfossils from the time of the dinosaurs.
- NEW DISCOVERY: AUSTRALOPITHECUS SEDIBA â€“ A new fossil early human was found. What does it tell us about human evolution?
- BIPEDALISM - Humans walk upright on two legs - our skeletons have clues to this unusual behavior.
- TAKE A SELFIE! - Dress up with our paleo-inspired props and share your pictures with us using #DiscoverFossils!
SIFTING FOR FOSSILS - Sift through matrix to find sharks' teeth and other marine fossils. Experienced staff will help you identify your fossils. Take your fossils home to start your own fossil collection.
Visitors Welcome/Orientation Station
Where Art meets Science for the young and the young at heart.
Draw Alongs with Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger, paleoartists and authors of Discovering Dinosaurs
10:30 am - 11:30 am
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Paleo Art/Fossil Rubbings -Make your own fossil rubbings to take home.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Samuel C. Johnson IMAX ® Theater
FREE ADMISSION for children, age 12 years and under, who can show a Junior Paleontologist's badge.
|Dinosaurs ALIVE in 3D||showing @ 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm;|
|National Parks Adventure in 3D||showing @ 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm|
The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World
Visit the exhibition and FossiLab, a working laboratory; learn from fossil displays and mobile activity carts including "What is a Fossil" and "It's a Date"
FossiLab - Visit a working fossil laboratory inside the exhibition where you can watch scientists and experienced volunteers engaged in fossil research and fossil preparation.
Discover DINOSAURS IN OUR BACKYARD and local fossils at the MARYLAND DINOSAUR PARK activity table.
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