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The Dinosaur Times 
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June 2015
Issue 56
 
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RMDRC celebrates “Outdoor Family Fun Day”!

School’s out and we have more activities than ever planned for the summer. Along with many outreach programs, we have 4 big events on the Dinosaur Resource Center plaza this summer, one each month. Woodland Park is a quickly becoming known for its wine tasting and local breweries. Take a break from the heat and elevate your vacation quotient at the City above the Clouds and the Dinosaur Resource Center!
Thanks to you, the Dinosaur Resource Center is celebrating our 11th year in Woodland Park with an Outdoor Family Fun Day. Join us June 13th when we have a really big day planned outdoors on the plaza in front of the museum. This year’s activities will run from 10-3PM. Bring the kids to try their hand at panning for “fool’s gold” and “precious gemstones” in our kiddie pools filled with sand and water, expect to get wet! The Florissant Fossil Quarry folks will have plenty of fossil shale for the kids to split and look for their own fossil inside.
Corbin Hillam will be demonstrating his amazing talent as a chalk artist and asking everyone to join him in creating something wonderful on the plaza concrete.
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Mark “Wolf” Johnson from the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation will be here with his real wolf friends. Theresa and Standing Bear from the Flash and Thelma hedgehog Rescue will have the world’s oldest mammals, hedgehogs, here to share with the kids. Hungry Chicken Homestead will be providing information about farming, food preservation and farmers markets.
Cave of the Winds, Nicol Houghland from The Resource Exchange, and UpaDowna will provide kid’s activities including a geolab, kid’s activity table, and skill and patience games. Aerospace employees’ radio organization, Amateur Radio Club, will provide an opportunity for kids to get on the air.
Fort Carson personnel will bring a military vehicle for the kids to get up close and personal with. Woodland Park Police Department will be on hand as well as the Fire Department which will have a real fire truck for the kids to check out. The Woodland Park Mason’s Lodge will provide missing child ID kits. The Kohl’s Cares Car Safety Program will have nationally certified car seat safety technicians available to check your child’s car seat and give you information. All of these outdoor activities are free of charge. As usual there will be a charge for museum admission.
For a small charge face painting and balloon animals can be purchased. Wally’s Tamales will have a booth with good things to eat for sale. We are still adding participants so check our website for additional details as they become available.
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FROM THE EDUCATION DESK
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Forty three fossilized dinosaur eggs have been discovered earlier this month by construction workers in the city of Heyuan in south China’s Guangdong province. The city is known as “the hometown of the dinosaur”. Du Yanli, a local archeologist, said that 19 of the eggs had been found intact. More than 13,000 eggs have been found in Heyuan in the last two decades earning the city a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest collection of dinosaur eggs. The first discovery came in 1995 when a group of school boys unearthed what they thought were stones while playing on a building site. Since then dozens of dinosaur skeletons and footprints have also been found around Heyuan.
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Low flying drones are being used by paleontologists to track dinosaur footprints in Western Australia north with a never before seen view. A team from the University of Queensland is halfway through a three year project to document hundreds of dinosaur footprints that were left along the West Kimberly coast. Steve Salisbury, the team leader, says “the drone allows us to get as close as we need to and customize the imagery we want, which is proving to be really, really interesting.” The image will be fed into the computer software that will eventually create 3D images of the dinosaur’s movements along the coast. Some track ways are large circular imprints left by sauropods, while others are more bird-like, three toed theropod prints. The drones are a big help since documenting the prints can be a challenge because some are located within jagged rocks and would be unrecognizable to the untrained eye. These track ways are a record of what the dinosaurs were doing 130 million years ago. The project is due to wrap up by the end of 2016.
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Bolivia has become the country with the greatest number of dinosaur footprints in the world, following the discovery of 5,000 new ones, including those of two new species, in the Cal Orcko outcrop near Sucre, an area already known to have 5,000 tracks of this kind. The new discovery was made by a team headed by Swiss paleontologist Christian Meyer, director of the Natural History Museum of Basel.
The outcrop, 360ft. high and almost 1 mile wide was already famous for the 5, 022 tracks that have been registered since 2006. The researchers have now found footprints of several species including two that were previously unknown, and were named after Sucre and Cal Orcko. More than 10,000 tracks have been found and the final report is not in yet.
The various species that inhabited the area lived around 65 million years ago.

Geri Lebold
Education Director


“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." - Margaret Mead
Triebold Paleontolgy - In the Lab
The Dinosaur Resource Center’s “Dinosaur Nerds,” led by uber-nerd paleo twerp Jacob Jett, have launched a YouTube channel. Watch for a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on in the museum and our lab, including fossil reconstruction projects and our visitor experience guides’ hidden gems. Check out all the videos online at dinosaurnerds.com; subscribe to the channel to stay on top of what we’re up to.

Check out lab updates on our blog.  Click here!
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Spend some time shopping at Prehistoric Paradise, the largest dinosaur store in the region for hundreds of unique gifts including real fossils, jewelry, games, books, stuffed dinosaurs, t-shirts and much more! A family membership makes a great gift that can be enjoyed for the entire year. If you have someone who’s difficult to buy for, a gift card is the perfect solution. Save yourself time and money by letting our staff gift wrap your purchases free of charge.
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This year, June 21st is Father’s Day. Bring your dad to the Dinosaur Resource Center for a special present he’ll really enjoy. Father’s will receive free admission with one paid adult or child’s admission. Shop the Prehistoric Paradise gift store for unusual and unique gifts for Dad. Our entire summer inventory has arrived and we have lots of new books, movies, fossils and more which he will love.
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Jun 27, Sat 11:00am-4:00pm
SynergistsCome play catch with robots as they launch balls and drive around obstacles! The SYNERGISTS will be demonstrating their robots and Great Ball Contraption during this fun filled interactive event. This local robotics team competes in FIRST robotics competitions and will have their robots available for an up close look, (synergistsftc.org). In addition, YoungBotBuilders will be providing interactive LEGO Spin Art and building of farm animals during the event. You can find out about classes and LEGO camps at this event.
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Join Us June 6th 10:00-2:00 at Acacia Park for PBS Fun Fest. Hang out with Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog at Uncle Wilber’s Fountain for lots of hands-on activities.

In June, the staff from RMDRC will be presenting several outreach programs for the Rampart Range Library District. Get up close and personal with dinosaur fossils, teeth, claws and skulls! Take home a dinosaur rubbing, play a game, and snap your photo with your own camera- no, not a live dinosaur…but almost. The RMDRC staff will be at:
June 3rd Sand Creek Library 10:30
June 9th Ruth Holly Library 10:30
June 11th Cheyenne Mountain Library 10:30
July 1st Penrose Library 9:30 and 10:30
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June 12th is the premier of the newest Jurassic Park movie “Jurassic World” at the Carmike 10 theaters located at Academy and Fountain Avenue. We will be there from 3:30 to 8:00 pm with our hands-on activity table.
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COMING IN JULY & AUG
Get the word out to all of your friends and family in our armed forces that July 4th will be Military Appreciation Day at the RMDRC. As our small way of saying thank you, active and retired military personnel will receive one half off regular admissions on our nation’s birthday.

The RMDRC will host their fifth outdoor craft show Saturday, July 11th. Join us for original jewelry, lamps, ornaments, ceramics, bonsai trees, tapestries, leather items, home décor, food and much more. We have 25 vendors so far and we are accepting applications for more, so tell your crafting friends to give Geri at call at 719-686-1820X110. A complete list of the crafters and their items is on our website, www.rmdrc.com, for you to check out. Don’t forget to try a microbrew next door at Bierwerks or across the street at the Ute Pass Brewing Company. Mark your calendars now for this fun outdoors event in July.
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DRC’s Critter Rescue Roundup, formerly Critterfest, will return this August 1st and 2nd for the 10th year. This event has been growing each year with many animal rescue and support groups including everyone’s favorite, Standing Bear, founder of The Thelma and Flash Hedgehog Rescue, so plan to attend both days. The Mountain Arts Festival will be held at the UPCC on the same days. Details will be posted on the website, www.rmdrc.com, and will be updated as details and changes become available.
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Wow, we’ve got a lot going on here at the DRC. Be sure to make a trip to the museum part of your summer activities. Be sure to stop by the office and say “hello”. We look forward to seeing you soon at the Dinosaur Resource Center!
JJ Triebold
President
 
 
Dinosaur Resource Center

201 S. Fairview St.
Woodland Park, CO 80863
(719) 686-1820
http://www.rmdrc.com/

Store Hours
Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Closed - Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day

We have a marvelous world class museum here in Woodland Park. We feature an awe-inspiring display of dinosaurs, prehistoric marine reptiles, pterosaurs and fish of North America’s late Cretaceous period. Our gift store, Prehistoric Paradise is the regions largest dinosaur gift shop and is always free to visit.
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