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National Fossil Day 2019: Call for Partners, Art Contest

This year, National Fossil Day (NFD) is October 16, 2019, and planning for NFD events is well underway. Though it is still early in the year, many amazing events across the country in the works by the growing list of NFD partners, which could include your organization!

For the uninitiated, National Fossil Day is a U.S. nationwide celebration, with events taking place in and around October, organized through a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and a growing list of federal and state agencies, professional organizations, museums and universities, and other groups. Paleontology education programs conducted by various NPS units and partner institutions enable children and the community to better understand the history of life, science of paleontology and other educational objectives through a wide variety of classroom, museum, field trip and outdoor activities.

As we get closer to festivities, PLOS Paleo Community will highlight events and activities related to National Fossil Day. In the meantime, below are opportunities to be aware of early on: NPS is calling for partners who’d like to participate in this year’s festivities, and an opportunity to submit artwork in this year’s Art Contest!

Call for NFD Partners

The NPS currently has 360 partners who support and participate in National Fossil Day. However, they are always on the lookout for new partnerships to enrich and grow National Fossil Day celebrations.

If you are interested in becoming an official National Fossil Day partner please send the following information to J-P Hodnett ( or Vincent Santucci (

  1. Name of your organization
  2. Short statement of about your organization/program
  3. Jpeg of your organization’s logo
  4. Website link information

This information will be posted on our National Fossil Day Partners webpage:

Art Contest: “Extinct Giants and Survivors of the Last Ice Age”

This year’s theme for the art contest is “Extinct Giants and Survivors of the Last Ice Age.” We are hoping to see artist works of all ages showing Ice Age mega fauna with contemporaries that survived to modern times (ie deer, bison, foxes, rabbits, etc). The deadline for submissions is Friday October 4th.

For more information on the Art Contest, and to submit your art, visit the NFD Art Contest webpage:

Stay tuned here at PLOS Paleo and at the official NFD website for more information as we get closer to National Fossil Day 2019!


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