National Fossil Day

October 19, 2013
Event By: ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site Address: 1212 Suncrest Drive Gray, TN 37615 Email: barberj@etsu.edu Phone: (423) 439-3642
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“National Fossil Day is a great opportunity for us to partner with the National Park Service to talk about the importance of fossils and what they mean to scientific study,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, museum director. At 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., the museum will offer a variety of activities for all ages. Visitors can “travel” through National Parks and learn about rock layers in the Grand Canyon, the “dinosaur dance floor” at Denali National Park, leaf fossils from the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and more. Children will even make their own casts of invertebrate fossils from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which includes crinoids and trilobites. At 1:00 p.m., Jeremy Stout, an ETSU graduate and Steele Creek Park Naturalist, will give a talk titled “A Natural History of Steele Creek Park and Surrounding Areas.” At 3:00 p.m., Keila Bredehoeft, an ETSU graduate and employee of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, will give a talk titled “New Fossils from Old Fossil Beds: New Discoveries from John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon.” National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service and the American Geological Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. National Fossil Day takes place during International Earth Science Week sponsored by the American Geological Institute. The ETSU Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site continually showcases the 5-million-year-old Gray Fossil Site and its unique ecosystem. Visitors are invited to observe live excavations in May through October, weather permitting. There are also many special events held at the Museum, such as a monthly Speaker Series, “Fossil & Artifact ID Nights” every other month, and many ongoing youth programs. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The museum is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information, call (866) 202-6223 or visit the museum at www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum. #ETSU Fossil

City: Gray, TN
Region: East Tennessee
Subregion: Northeast

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