The North Carolina Fossil Club (NCFC) is a non profit corporation founded in 1977 and is based in Raleigh, NC. We have over 300 members, with about two thirds from North Carolina and the rest from 15 other states including Canada. Amateurs and professionals of all ages comprise our membership.
The NCFC was formed to engage in and support the study, enjoyment, and collection of fossils. We conduct a number of field trips each year, both in North Carolina and out of state. The NCFC is a member of the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. and an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC where our meetings usually are held the third Sunday of every other month.
Outreach Activities and Events
The North Carolina Fossil Club organizes, facilitates, and encourages educational outreach by members to schools, museums, and public events.
During the spring and fall some members lead school groups into coastal quarries to collect fossils and learn about the conditions under which those fossils formed. Members also give presentations to scouting and civic groups.
Other members take programs to schools, providing hands-on opportunities to find fossils and learn about geologic history. Many club members regularly display at a number of events in North Carolina:
- Dino Days at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC
- Schiele Museum Fossil Fair in Gastonia, NC
- Marine Mammal and Darwin Days at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC
- Norwood Arbor Day and Fossil Fair in Norwood, NC
The NCFC arranges speakers and provides member displays at the Aurora Fossil Festival in Aurora, NC held each year on Memorial Day weekend.
The NCFC Annual Fossil Fair is held on the first Saturday of November in collaboration with different state museums on a rotating basis, including the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh every third year.
The exhibition of fossils from members' private collections is free and open to the public. Staff from the Smithsonian Institution provide fossil identification and education to club members and the public, while in turn, the visiting experts gain information on fossils discovered in NC. Educational speakers make presentations on topics of interest throughout the day.
All of these events and activities are lots of fun for all ages! The public is encouraged to attend.
Education and Research Support
The NCFC supports fossil related projects at North Carolina state museums and colleges, similar programs at other museums, and also student research.
See our Publications section to see the three books authored by members and sold by the club. These are very helpful for identifying fossil specimens.