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National Fossil Day activities at the MSU Museum

The MSU Museum celebrates NFD on Sun., Oct. 9, 2016, 1-4 p.m., an afternoon of fossil fun! 


National Fossil Day (NFD) is a celebration organized by The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. 

photo of kids at national fossil day

Activities Include:

  • Michigan fossil dig & sift
  • Junior Paleontologist hunt
  • Fossil molds to make and take
  • Face painting
  • Guided tours of the Hall of Evolution
  • "Ask the Expert": a paleontologist will be on hand to answer your fossil questions and to identify specimens
  • Fossil Puzzle Station
  • Fossil ID competition with prizes!

New this year!

  • Amazing Amber - learn how insects get preserved in amber, and make and take home your own "amber" specimen!
  • Help create a mural of ancient Michigan
  • Special activity "How many Velociraptors can our elevator hold?"
  • Fossil or Not? - learn to identify fossils from fossil look- alikes
  • And much more!

Special opportunity: A "fossils only" version of MESTA's famous Rock Shop will be set up for educators to acquire invertebrate fossils for study in the classroom or at home.

In partnership with Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA), brought to you by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU)

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Interim Department Chair:
Dr. Jeffrey Freymueller
  (517) 355-4626

Department Office:
 Natural Science Bldg
288 Farm Lane, Rm 207
East Lansing, MI 48824
  (517) 355-4626
  (517) 353-8787