UM Paleontology Center to Celebrate National Fossil Day

October 05, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Paleontology Center will host its National Fossil Day Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The center will host an open house for the public from 5 to 8 p.m. in UM’s Clapp Building.

The center will mark the day with a free event from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Charles H. Clapp Building on the southeast corner of campus. Attendees are asked to enter through the building’s breezeway.

Activities include fossil identifications, tours of the displays and research collections, and a chance to hear about paleontological research going on at the center.

“We hope you can join us to celebrate the wonderful world of paleontology at this year's annual open house,” said Kallie Moore, the Paleontology Center collections manager. “Do you have fossils or rocks in need of identification? Please bring them to the event, and we would love to take a look.”

The UMPC collections represent the ancient heritage of Montana and western North America. There are more than 50,000 vertebrate, invertebrate and plant specimens in the research collection, which was started in 1898.

For more information call Moore at 406-243-5406, email or visit


Contact: Kallie Moore, UM Paleontology Center collections manager, 406-243-5406,