Dinosaur digs scheduled

A public presentation about Burpee Museum Dinosaur and Fossil Hunting Expeditions to Montana and Oklahoma will be presented Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Burpee Museum of Natural History—Mahlburg Auditorium.

Join Mike Henderson, curator of Earth Sciences and Scott Williams, collections manger as they educate about what it is like to search and find signs of life from more than 65 million years ago. Their presentation will entertain you with slides, pictures and stories about why this type of adventure vacation is appealing to many travelers.

In 2005, a group of Burpee Museum volunteers and NIU staff and faculty discovered new fossils and dinosaurs in the Hell Creek Formation of Montana. Mike and Scott will intrigue you with tales about 270 million-year-old reptiles that scurried about in the Oklahoma prairie long before dinosaurs, how to search for fossils, details about what to bring, as well as invite you to join them “in the field” to recover some recent finds.

The 2006 Highway to Hell Creek Dinosaur Dig schedule, the Family Fossil Field Trip schedule and the Oklahoma Fossil Adventure will be discussed in detail. Space is limited for the dinosaur digs, so don’t miss this informative session.

This lecture is free to the public, and refreshments will be served.

2006 Highway to Hell Creek—Dinosaur Dig Schedule

Trips are open to Burpee Museum members and non-members ages 15 and older. Registration is required.

Session 1—May 28—June 3: $650 per person or $500 per student/educator

Session 2—July 31—Aug. 6: $650 per person or $500 per Student/educator

Session 3—Aug. 7—13: $650 per person or $500 per Student/educator

2006 Family Fossil Field Trip Schedule

All field trips are held from 1-4 p.m. Trips are open to members and non-members. Pre-registration is required. Information and directions will be mailed out upon registration.

April 22: Lone Star Quarry—Ogilsby

May 13: Stateline Quarry—Beloit

June 24: Trask Bridge Quarry—Winnebago Co.

July 8: Macklin Quarry—Rochelle

July 22: Stateline Quarry—Beloit

Aug. 26: Trask Bridge Quarry—Winnebago Co.

Sept. 9: Lone Star Quarry—Ogilsby

2006 Oklahoma Fossil Adventure Schedule

This weekend adventure will just begin to whet your appetite with all of the primitive fossils and vertebrates still to be discovered. Registration required. Open to members and non-members.

Fall 2006: Lawton, Okla.—details to be shared at this lecture

Burpee Museum hours are: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students/children ages 3-17. (Admission is free for members and every Wednesday for the public. The $55 annual membership fee includes free admission to the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and more than 250 other museums throughout the United States.) Free parking is available at the Burpee Museum at 737 N. Main St. or in the Riverfront Museum Park parking lot directly next door at 711 N. Main St. For more info, phone 815-965-3433 or log on to www.burpee.org.

From the March 1-7, 2006, issue

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