National Fossil Day is an event that highlights the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. The day will include a variety of activities and demonstrations for all ages.
Visitors will be able to take a tour of the fossil site, see Appalachian fossils up close and learn about how paleontologists use the latest technology for the preservation and research of fossils. Scientists, students and volunteers will be on hand to showcase the work of paleontology.
This year's event will also feature visiting scientists and students from Appalachian State University and the University of Tennessee.
Activities will be ongoing from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All National Fossil Day activities are free to the public. All activities are also included with admission to the Hands On! Discovery Center: $10 for adults/children 4 and older and free for children under 3.
The Gray Fossil Site is a one-of-a-kind paleontological resource preserving the remains of hundreds of extinct species that lived in East Tennessee 5 million years ago. Discovered in 2000 during road construction, the site is now home to the East Tennessee State University Museum of Natural History and the Hands On! Discovery Center. It is a hub of education and scientific research.
For more information, see https://visithandson.org/visit or call the front desk at 423-434-4263.