Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate Earth Science Week (ESW) and National Fossil Day festivities during the week of October 11-17, 2015.
ESW promotes understanding and appreciation of the earth sciences and their relevance to our daily lives. National Fossil Day, part of ESW, fosters a greater appreciation of the scientific and educational value of fossils and promotes public stewardship of fossil sites. A natural laboratory and classroom, Grand Canyon is an ideal place to celebrate ESW.
The park’s commemoration of Earth Science Week will include a variety of special programs:
- 30 minute "Geology Glimpse" ranger talks at Yavapai Geology Museum every day at 2 pm and 3:30 pm
- Daily ranger-led "Fossil Discovery Walk" at 9:30 am at the Bright Angel Trailhead
- Tuesday, October 13 from 7:30-9:45 am, staff from Grand Canyon National Park's Branch of Physical Science will give presentations on their summer's research
- For National Fossil Day, Wednesday, October 14, the park's paleontologist, Robyn Henderek, will present: “Prehistoric Paleontologists: Split Twig Figurines and Fossil Remains in Grand Canyon Caves” at 7:30 pm at the Shrine of the Ages auditorium
- Saturday, October 17, geologist and author Wayne Ranney will present “Sublime Abyss: Grand Canyon’s Awesome Geology” at the Shrine of the Ages auditorium at 7:30 pm
To learn more about Earth Science Week, please go to www.earthsciweek.org. For more about National Fossil Day, visit https://naturenps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/. For more information about ESW at Grand Canyon National Park, contact Park Ranger Pete Peterson at 928-638-7765.