AMATEUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE EDUCATION: THE SUPPORTIVE ROLE OF THE SPECAL FRIENDS OF THE AURORA FOSSIL MUSEUM
A major educational outreach event that the SFOM has substantial ongoing involvement in is the Aurora Fossil Festival, which is held annually over Memorial Day weekend. The tremendous efforts of the SFOM membership are exhibited at this time through their dedication to festival duties over the days leading up to, during, and after this event. During the festival, the SFOM assists the AFM in various education-related areas such as sponsoring invited speakers and managing the visiting fossil displays. Offsite, the SFOM has become a critical participant in the University of Florida's FOSSIL Project, which provides a platform for educating fossil collectors on best practices for collecting.