Dino-Lovers: Mark Your Calendars

burpee.jpgIf you love dinosaurs, you won’t want to miss this event — and you have time to book your travel arrangements, too!

In March 2008, the Burpee Museum of Natural History will host the Annual Paleofest, where 10 of the world’s best-known dinosaur-hunters and paleontologists will gather to tell dinosaur tales and host interactive workshops with families, professionals and dinosaur lovers of all ages.

Other features of the event include the unveiling of Homer’s skull. No, not that Homer, but Burpee’s newest dinosaur discovery, a juvenile Triceratops. In addition to the unveiling, it will be revealed why the Homer field site is such an important discovery.

PaleoFest presenters will include Dr. Jack Horner from Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT and Jurassic Park films paleontology advisor. His book Digging Dinosaurs is not only a good read, but Joseph Mazzello’s character Tim Murphy was carrying a copy of it during the tour of Jurassic Park. Also, Sam Neill’s character, Dr. Alan Grant was, in part, based on Dr. Horner.

Phil Currie from the University of Alberta, known for his work with “feathered” dinosaurs, as well as Jim Kirkland from Utah State, best known for his work with the Discovery Channel on the Walking with Dinosaurs series, will also be presenting.

According to the museum’s press release:

PaleoFest is a full weekend of activities and programs for dinosaur lovers of all ages. It’s fun for the whole family. PaleoFest has Paleo Talks, Family Workshops, and special DinoBlast passport activities for children to learn cool facts about long-necked sauropods, ancient trilobites, dinosaur relationships, and more. All DinoBlast family workshops include parent-child activities and make-and-take crafts to bring home.


Saturday and Sunday
March 1-2, 2008
10 am – 5 pm
DinoBlast family activities are from 11 am – 4pm

Burpee Museum of Natural History
737 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.