North Dakota Geological Survey


National Fossil Day Activities


Come join the NDGS staff in celebration of National Fossil Day! There will be activities from 10am-5pm, located at the Heritage Center in Bismarck. An identification table will be available throughout the celebration – Geologists, Paleontologist, and Archaeologists will be available to help identify your rocks, fossils, and artifacts.

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:00am-4:30pm – Come see some of our summer finds! We will have information available, and people to talk to about summer digs.
  • 10:30am-11:00am – Photos with our Tyrannosaurus mascot.
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm – They’re bright, they’re soft – it’s a Fuzzysaurus takeover! Construct your very own fuzzy prehistoric friend. While supplies last! Tickets will be handed out during the time block, which you may trade for a fuzzysaur. Once 12:00pm hits, we will no longer pass out tickets, but will continue to construct fuzzysaurs until the tickets handed out are gone.
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm – Photos with our Tyrannosaurus mascot.

Art Contest:

With National Fossil Day also comes an art contest! This year’s theme is: Caring for our fossil heritage.

Wander through the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time in the Heritage Center to get ideas. Don’t live in Bismarck? Visit your local museum instead! View amazing creatures from a long-lost seaway up in the Pembina State Museum. Explore the same area that Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops used to roam in Bowman’s Pioneer Trails Regional Museum. There are museums and fossil exhibits all over the State.

Maybe you enjoy visiting museums across our state, or hunting in your own backyard for treasures. Fossils can pop up in many places across North Dakota, and keeping them safe for future generations is a very important task. Your artwork should focus on how people care for and learn from fossils.

Entries must be received by Friday, October 6, 2017.

Who can enter?

Any North Dakota resident, of any age.

What should my artwork include?

All artwork must be 2D (two dimensional). Your medium can be crayon, marker, photography, painting, digital, and more, but cannot exceed 8.5” tall and 11” wide.

Submission Guidelines:

To be judged, all entries must include:

  • 1. The artwork! Your artwork must be original – no tracing or copying other artists’ work.
  • 2. Submission Form
  • 3. A description of your art – What is it? When did it live? Good details may move your entry up during judging.
  • 4. Make sure your name is on the back of your piece, just in case it gets separated from your submission form.
  • 5. Personal information
    • First and Last name
    • Mailing Address
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address
  • 6. Digital entries may be sent to:, along with your submission form.
  • 7. Mailed artwork and submission forms must be sent to:
    • North Dakota Geological Survey
      c/o Becky Barnes
      600 East Boulevard
      Bismarck, ND 58505-0840

If you have any questions regarding the art contest, please contact Becky Barnes at or Jessica Rockeman at

When is the Deadline?

Friday, October 6th, 2017.

How will the artwork be judged?

Your art will be judged on creativity, originality, quality, and relevance to the topic (favorite ND fossil). Judges will include staff from the ND Geological Survey, and the ND State Historical Society. Entries will be broken into the following categories:

  • 8 years old or younger
  • 9-13 years old
  • 14-18 years old
  • 19 years old or above
Winning art

Winning artwork will appear on the ND Geological Survey website(, and will be on display for a year in the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time.


By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees to allow the NDGS and SHSND to use his or her name to post on the NDGS and SHSND websites, without compensation unless prohibited. All entries and all rights of ownership in and to the entries, including all rights to use, reproduce, publish, modify, edit, and distribute the same will become the exclusive property of NDGS and will not be returned. NDGS reserves the right to edit, modify, copyright, publish, use, and reproduce any and all entries without further compensation. The NDGS and SHSND, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries.