Happy National Fossil Day -- Make a Fossil at Pittsfield October 17

Today, October 17, is National Fossil Day! The AADL is celebrating the day with a fossil making program at the Pittsfield branch from 7 - 8pm for grades K - 5. 'Rock' out with us and make your own cast fossil out of clay and plaster of paris while exploring a process that has created fossils in sedimentary rock for billions of years. We will also have fossils found in Michigan on display.

Fossils in the earth can be formed out of plants, or out of invertebrates like mollusks and arthropods, or out of vertebrates like dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Fossils are found in different forms too. Sometimes they are turned to stone or preserved in amber, and other times they leave an imprint in the earth that is filled in by different minerals, forming a cast. We will replicate the process of creating cast fossils.

You're welcome to bring a small, hard item that can fit in the palm of your hand -- for example, a dinosaur toy or a sea shell -- to the event or you can use the objects the library provides. Looking for more information on fossils? Check out these great books and videos from the AADL collection.