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National Fossil Day Art Contest Finalists Recognized

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

National Park News

On Saturday, January 19th, Florissant Fossil Beds, in partnership with the Geologic Resources Division, awarded two local youths a host of prizes for their winning artwork in the 2012 National Fossil Day art contest. 

The multipurpose room at Florissant’s new visitor center was packed. The standing-room-only audience watched as Jack S. of Colorado Springs, and Ciena H. of Florissant, Colorado, each received a certificate, t-shirt, pin, patch, and a copy of the National Park Service’s new family music CD “Songs for Junior Rangers.”

Family members, friends, local citizens, and five area geology groups came to support the two artists. The morning included science demonstrations, a guided hike, and tours of the sustainable features of the new visitor center.

"The event hosted by Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument staff is a wonderful example of the educational outreach achieved through the National Fossil Day partnership," said Vince Santucci, senior geologist for the Geologic Resource Division

 “National Fossil Day is all about celebrating local fossils and inspiring the next generation of fossil stewards, and the January 19th ceremony really captured that spirit,” said Jason Kenworthy, also of the Geologic Resources Division. “It recognized two local NFD-award-winning young artists and the excellent mentorship of the Pikes Peak Pebble Pups and Earth Science Scholars program. Fittingly, the celebration took place in Florissant Fossil Beds’ brand new visitor center, where many generations of visitors will have an opportunity to learn about and celebrate some of the most beautiful and scientifically significant fossils on the planet.”

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service and other partners to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

You can view the artwork at the link below. For more information, please contact Jeff Wolin at 719-748-3253.


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