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October 13, 2021

During 2021 we celebrate the 12th Anniversary of National Fossil Day!  


Join paleontologists, educators, and students

in fossil-related events and activities across the country in parks, classrooms, and online during

National Fossil Day.


National Fossil Day is an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.



national fossil day

national art contest

All submissions must be received by mail by 5 p.m. EST, Friday, October 1, 2021. Click here to learn more about art contest theme, guidelines and submitting an entry.

local art contest


Friday, September 24 (5PM CST)

For participants choosing ECISD Innovation Department to mail their entries for the national competition. Entries and entry forms should be sent via interoffice mail to Innovation Department C/O Mary Fulton or mailed to:


Mary Fulton

Innovation Department

802 N. Sam Houston

Odessa, TX 79761


Friday, October 1 (4PM CST)

For participants choosing to mail or email their entry.



Participant entries for the National Fossil Day Art Competition (NFDAC) must provide a copy of the art work to the ECISD Innovation Department to participate in the local competition. Electronic entries will be accepted for the local competition and may be sent to or mailed to the listed address. Make sure to include your entry form. Do not email ECISD Innovation any entries for the national competition. NFDAC is open to any interested person, of all ages. The local competition is only open to ECISD students and staff.

questions to help you get started

  • What is the closest National Park or Monument near me?

  • Does it have fossils?

  • What is my favorite fossil or prehistoric creature?

  • Can we find it at a National Park Service site?

  • Do I want to focus on one type of fossil or show many?

  • Do I have a favorite geologic age?

Visit to learn about fossils discovered in Texas and Oklahoma!

more activities & ideas

Click here to access cross curricular and GT instructional activities and ideas created by ECISD educators.

2021  national fossil day art contest winners
click on any photo to learn more
2021  national fossil day art contest finalists
2020  national fossil day art contest winners
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