LAS VEGAS – October 6, 2017 – Join the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Protectors of Tule Springs as we celebrate National Fossil Day inside the museum on October 14.  The festivities begin at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Patrons and kids of the Museum will meet a team of local Paleontologists, and participate a series of fun activities with fossils at the new Richard Ditton Learning Lab, the only one of its kind in Nevada.  This 1,200 square foot hands-on working laboratory serves as a paleontological and archaeological prep lab for college students, a research facility for science professionals and a live exhibit for Museum visitors of all ages.


In celebration of  “National Fossil Day,” the Learning Lab will closely engage audiences and aspiring scientists to share their passion and knowledge of natural history. The Fossil Day celebration will also feature the artwork from the third annual Protectors of Tule Springs art contest: “Southern Nevada During the Pleistocene” hosted by the Las Vegas Natural History Museum for students Kindergarten through 12th grade.


The Learning lab is headed up by Paleontologist Joshua Bonde, an assistant professor in residence in the UNLV geosciences department and paleontology research associate for the Nevada State Museum-Carson City, Bonde also serves as a key member of the board of directors of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Bonde will be hosting Critter Connection program (where kids can get close and personal with live animals). There will be many surprises throughout the Fossil Day celebration for kids and families to enjoy and engage in the history of Fossils.  In addition, the Museum’s aquarists will host a live Shark Feeding at the Museum’s Marine Life Shark Tank at 2 p.m. This special event is included with a regular paid admission

$12.00 Adults

$10 Seniors, Military and Students

$6 Children (3–11)

FREE Children (2 and younger), Las Vegas Natural History Museum Members

ASTC Travel Passport Program (Two Adults & Two Children FREE)



Excavated Materials

Last year, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) declared the Las Vegas Natural History Museum a federal repository for archeological and paleontological materials removed from BLM lands in Southern Nevada. The lab will house many of these excavated materials to be used for research and learning purposes as well as to be included in exhibits. Materials from Eureka and Clark counties, as well as Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, and Spring Mountain Ranch state parks are being processed and examined at the lab, including various fossils and paleontological finds.


The Las Vegas Natural History Museum opened in 1991 and is a private, non–profit institution dedicated to educating children, adults, and families in the natural sciences, both past and present.  Through its interactive exhibits, educational programs, and the preservation of its collections, the Museum strives to instill an understanding and appreciation of the world’s wildlife, ecosystems, and cultures. A Smithsonian Affiliate since 2002 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 2013, the Museum was also declared a federal repository in 2015 allowing all archeological and paleontological finds in southern Nevada to be housed at the Museum. Please visit or call (702) 384–(DINO) 3466 for additional information.

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