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News Release: Celebrate Earth Science Week at Grand Canyon, October 11-17

October 9, 2015

 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 For more about National Fossil Day, visit For more information about ESW at Grand Canyon National Park, contact Park Ranger Pete Peterson at 928-638-7765.