BLM Logo
Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 10/28/11
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Brings Fossils to the 8th Grade Science Class

As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Fossil Day, Zane Fulbright (a BLM archaeologist in the Lewistown Field Office) recently spent a day in the Lewistown Jr. High 8th grade science classroom discussing fossils and the chemistry component of dating fossils. 

Zane also brought numerous fossil samples into the classroom so the kids could get some hands-on time. 

Throughout the day Fulbright discussed a recent plesiosaur find on BLM managed land; the ongoing paleontological research work in the local area by Macalester College; different techniques for dating fossils; and describing other fossil finds from the local area.

National Fossil Day was October 12, 2011, and the event is designed as a means of promoting public awareness and stewardship of fossils and to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

Zane presented to six different sections of 8th graders and handled numerous questions.  The BLM certainly appreciates the opportunity to bring information into the classroom. We see these opportunities as part of our role in the community and I appreciate Mrs. Flentie making the arrangements for me to bring this presentation into her classroom,” Fulbright said.

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.

Lewistown Field Office   920 NE Main      Lewistown, MT 59457   

Last updated: 06-28-2012