Annual Events

Fossil Day

Fossil Day is Back!

This year we are back with our in-person Fossil Day activities. Join UNSM's paleontologists in a fun-filled day of fossil activities. This event in included with admission. UNSM members get in FREE. 

October 16, 2021
9:00am-1:00pm

Free parking will be available for all visitors in the main lot in front of the museum

This year our team of paleontologists and volunteers will have a variety of fossil activity stations available for visitors ranging from our fossil dig boxes to micro-fossil activities. Activities will be available for children (and adults) of all ages. 

Event Health Measures:

  • Hands-on stations and activities will be scattered throughout the entire museum to enable increased social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the museum and near different activity stations.
  • In accordance with the Lincoln Lancaster County DHM, masks will be required for all visitors over the age of 2. 

Member Bonus:
UNSM members attending Fossil Day should check in at the membership table (located on the 2nd floor near Elephant Hall) for an extra Fossil Day goodie bag!

Station Activities:
The following are a sample selection of stations that will be available for this event. 

  • Bookmark decorating: create your own paleontology bookmark while learning about fossil books available at Lincoln City Libraries.
  • Fossil Rub: Make rubbings of ancient life, fossil mammals and more to take home with you.
  • Jurassic Dino Mysteries: Solve mysteries as a paleo detective exploring dinosaur trace and body fossils.
  • Fossil ID: Bring your fossils to be identified by a museum expert.
  • It's a Jungle Out There: See fossil mammals that lived in a jungle 50 million years ago. 
  • Oreodonts - It's not about cookies: come learn about this ancient creature that lived in Nebraska 35 million years ago.
  • Archie Puzzle Scavenger Hunt: Keep your eyes peeled as you explore Morrill Hall. Collect the puzzle pieces of Archie and reassemble him to take home with you.
  • Virtual Visit to Ashfall Fossil Beds: Take a visit to one of our other museums and explore the ancient watering hole with our virtual visit. Connecting at 10am and 11am. 
  • Fossil Dig: Be a paleontologist and uncover fossils in our dig pit within the Marx Discovery Center. 

Previous Fossil Day Activities