'Fossil Day' - new event at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Oct. 10A new event, called the “first annual” National Fossil Day Celebration, will premiere at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and all activites are free. The center is at 1805 N. 30th St.
The schedule includes presentations about the “ancient history of Colorado” and a chance for attendees to bring their own fossils “to have them examined and identified by experts,” a press release states.
Information will be available about the apparently unique, 30-foot-long, Cretaceous-era dinosaur - named Theiophytalia kerri - whose bones were found in the 1800s in what is now the Garden of the Gods.
The event came about at the request of the Western Interior Paleontology Society (WIPS), according to Bret Tennis, the center's program administrator. WIPS is a nonprofit based in Denver, but has a branch in this area. The event is timed for National Fossil Day, which is actually Oct. 14, he noted. The goal is to "celebrate national resources," as well as to learn more about what fossils are and the rules about collecting them, Tennis said.
He added that educational tables will be set up in the center from WIPS and other entities involved with history or geology. Scheduled are the Pioneers' Museum, the UCCS Geology Club, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, the Colorado Springs Mineral Society and the Pebble Pups and Earth Science Scholars.
The presentations are:
11 a.m., “Corral Bluffs,” by Sharon Milito, an area paleontologist.
1 p.m., “Was Brontosaurus Full of Hot Air?” by Virginia Tidwell, a research associate at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
2 p.m., “Ranger Jeff's Rock Concert,” by Jeff Wolin, a ranger at Florissant Fossil Beds. (Tennis pointed out that this presentation will more "youth-oriented.")
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