Saturday will feature field trips to nearby sites of paleontological interest.
The cost for each field trip is $65 and includes transportation and lunch.
Morrison Natural History Museum
Maximum of 24 participants
Orientation at Red Rocks Park
A short walk that introduces participants to the geologic setting of the west Denver Basin, focusing on the Morrison Formation and the historic and modern investigations on the ridge known as the Dakota Hogback.
Quarry 5 Visit (west side of Dinosaur Ridge)
Participants will be acquainted with the sandstone site that produced the original type specimen for Stegosaurus. Historic collection methods will be discussed, along with a modern interpretation of the depositional environment.
Tour of Morrison Natural History Museum
The collections from the Morrison Formation of Morrison, Colorado will be explored, with at look at some specimens collected by Arthur Lakes and a glimpse at modern work at these historic sites. Participants will be introduced to how ongoing fossil preparation in the display areas augments pubic programming.
Tour of Paleontology Lab
Participants will be introduced to the materials and methods MNHM staff employs to prepare difficult sandstone from fragile bone. This unique, accessible space also allows for meaningful informal science education.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Minimum of 24, maximum of 32 participants
Tour of the Avenir Collections Center: DNMS's newest collections storage facility.
Introduction to the Schlessman Family Earth Sciences Laboratory (Preparation Lab) with narrative of operations and Q&A.
Self-guided tour of exhibits, with a special note to see Prehistoric Journey “A journey through the eons allows you to trace the evolution of life on Earth, from single-celled organisms to lumbering dinosaurs to the inhabitants of today's world.”
Comanche National Grasslands
Maximum of 11 participants
Introduction to the rocks and fossils of the Greenhorn Cyclothem as exposed in the Comanche National Grassland of southeastern Colorado
Overview of the history of the area by looking at a homestead built of fossiliferous rocks on the remote prairie
Overview of the history of geological and paleontological knowledge by looking at influential maps and documentation as they relate to the area
Produce replicas of track fossils from the Dakota Sandstone using the collapsible foam method described by Nolan, et.al. in Proceedings of the First Annual Fossil Preparation and Collections Symposium, 2009
Minimum of 24, maximum of 64 participants
Baculite Mesa: Website
Located on private property, participants will be introduced to the Pierre Shale. The Western Interior Seaway (also known as the Pierre Seaway) covered much of the western interior from approximately 69 to 80 million years ago, during the Cretaceous (late Campanian to early Maastrichtian. The Pierre Shale represents deposition from this marine environment. Participants will be able to collect invertebrates such as ammonites, baculites, inoceramus clams, scaphites, pelecypods, gastropods, and nautiloids.
Garden Park Fossil Area;
Cleveland Quarry & Marsh Quarry (website)
“Garden Park Fossil Area is one of the most productive and historically important locations in the United States for the study of Late Jurassic dinosaurs. Fossil hunters and scientists from across the country have dug in Garden Park since 1877, when the nearby town of Cañon City, Colorado was still young. Important discoveries include the first complete skeleton of Allosaurus, some of the most complete Stegosaurus skeletons, as well as the first known remains of dinosaurs like Camarasaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Diplodocus...In addition to dinosaurs, Garden Park has also produced fossils of Late Jurassic mammals, turtles and crocodiles, and a variety of Late Jurassic flora.”
Cañon Drive/Skyline Drive: Website
Constructed by convict labor chain gangs in 1903 and rising 800 feet above Cañon City, Skyline Drive offers spectacular views. Participants will be introduced to the famous dinosaur footprints found in the Dakota Group in 2001.
Saturday, April 23rd