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.
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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:
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 email@example.com 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.
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prehistoric coloring book
The main coloring book features 40 simple line drawings of ancient animals and plants known from fossils discovered in national parks. The illustrations used in the Prehistoric Life of the National Parks were designed as simple drawings, to provide more opportunity for you (the paleoartist) to be creative in your work to bring these extinct life forms back to life. Good luck and have fun!
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 txfossils.com 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.
Honorable Mention, Over 18 years—ECISD, Odessa, Texas
Honorable Mention, 9-13 years—ECISD, Odessa, Texas