Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

National Fossil Day is October 14

National Fossil Day, an annual celebration organized by the National Park Service (NPS), will take place on October 14, 2020.  The event highlights the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. 

The annual celebration will include paleontology activities planned by partner organizations across the United States. NSC Alliance has once again partnered with the National Park Service to promote the event.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several online activities are planned for 2020.

NPS and National Fossil Day partners are sponsoring an art contest as a part of the celebration. The contest theme is “Life of the Paleozoic Oceans!”  Entries can be submitted until October 2, 2020.  For details about participating, go to:

The participation of local museums, universities, and other scientific organizations is central to National Fossil Day. Help your local community learn about local paleontological and natural resources by participating in the event. To join NPS as a partner, visit

National Fossil Day is October 14
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