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Release Date: 10/10/12
Contacts: Denise Adamic, BLM Front Range District (719) 269-8553    

National Fossil Day celebration comes to Fremont County (10-10-12)

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – Beginning Oct. 14, the public is invited to join the Bureau of Land Management in enjoying National Fossil Day during a week-long celebration of fossils and their scientific and educational importance. The BLM is partnering with the Dinosaur Depot Museum, Fremont County Heritage Commission, Royal Gorge Regional History Center and Museum, and the Price Pioneer Museum to provide a series of community events in Cañon City and Florence, Colo.

Local geologists, paleontologists, historians and scientists will host National Fossil Day activities Sunday, Oct.14 through Sunday, Oct. 21. Events include:

• “Landscapes, geology, and the historic Garden Park School.” This discussion focuses on the local history and geology of Garden Park.
• “Historic Downtown Cañon City.” A walking tour that will highlight famous dinosaur hunters Marshall and Amanda Felch and Oramel Lucas who frequented the area during the late 1800s.
• “Dinosaur Depot Museum Tours.” Fee-free day with children’s activities.
• “Skyline Drive Tour.” Visit real dinosaur tracks while learning about local geology and mining.
• “Dall DeWeese Presentation.”  Learn about dinosaur excavations near the Garden Park Fossil Area in 1915 and 1916.
• “Indian Springs Trace Fossil Area.” Take a nature walk to see fossils left behind by ancient animals more than 460 million years ago.
• “Florence Oil Wells and Coal Mines.” A presentation about the early gold mills, railroads, coal mines and historic oil fields near the city of Florence.

All of the events are free to the public, and there is no need to register in advance. For more information or a complete agenda of the week’s events, visit the Dinosaur Depot Museum website at or call the museum at 719-269-7150.

Many of the week’s festivities will feature historic links to the BLM-managed Garden Park Fossil Area, just north of Cañon City. The area is one of the most productive and historically important landscapes in the western United States for understanding late Jurassic-period dinosaurs.

National Fossil Day began in 2010 as part of the international Earth Science Week. This is the second year that the BLM has participated locally in National Fossil Day.

The detailed agenda can be found here: Agenda

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 10-10-2012