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Fossils are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past
MISSION: National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.
OBJECTIVES: National Fossil Day events, resources and initiatives will:
Celebrate the wonderful diversity of fossils as clues for understanding the history of life, past climates, and ancient landscapes;
Promote the understanding that fossils are non-renewable resources and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations;
Highlight the science-based management of fossils on public lands; Encourage paleontologists to participate in outreach activities at local schools, parks, museums and similar settings throughout the United States;
Establish partnerships between professional organizations, government agencies and other groups to promote the scientific and educational values of fossils;
Develop a media strategy for consistent and positive messaging which promotes the objectives of National Fossil Day;
Promote awareness of the paleontological resources, programs, services, and expertise of the National Park Service.
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