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Kids looking at lare foot print fossil
Kids “oo” and “ah” when science instructor Naomi Morris shows a track of a large meat-eating dinosaur at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center.
Little Thunderfeet at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center

Millions of years ago in Alaska, large hadrosaur dinosaurs looked for fresh leaves while packs of lightly-built Troodons hunted for fresh meat.  And all this past life was fresh in the minds of 30 kindergarten students today at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center.
With vivid imaginations these students from Tudor Elementary were able to act as young paleontologists and learn about the exciting world of dinosaurs. During the three-hour "Fossil Finders" program, students dressed up as dinosaurs to learn how they adapted to past environments, even in Alaska!  Then they tromped outside in the snow as dino-detectives to investigate a simulated set of dinosaur tracks.  Students used their observational skills to figure out how big or small certain dinosaurs were—and how they behaved—all from their tracks!  In other parts of the program, students made various types of plant and animal fossils.  The highlight of the program was a "mock dig" activity where students used brushes to delicately tease out the information surrounding a fossil and learn details of the dramatic past lives of dinosaurs.
"This trip helped increase my students' STEM skills and knowledge through hands-on exploration," says Joanne Christian, kindergarten teacher from Tudor Elementary.  “My students are studying different types of soils, so they were able to transfer their prior knowledge to the dinosaur era.”

Another teacher was equally excited about the field trip to the Campbell Creek Science Center. "I wanted my students to know about this public land resource in their own back yard,” said Lisa Church. “This was an excellent hands-on, minds-on experience!"

— Jeff Brune
BLM Campbell Creek Science Center Manager

students larening about dinosaur eyesightStudents going out to find fossils with science instructor
Young paleontologists from Tudor Elementary learn about the excellent eyesight of the Troodon, the hard head of the Pachycephalosaurus, and the strong jaws and long teeth of the Albertosaurus. Fossils of these and other dinosaurs have been found in Alaska.
Students receive a quick briefing from their fearless leader and science instructor Naomi Morris before they head out for their dinosaur tracking expedition. Soon they will discover the “tracks” of six different dinosaurs found in Alaska. In the process they will learn how tracks give clues about the size and weight of each dinosaur, what they ate, how fast they ran, and other details of these amazing creatures.

Last updated: 07-22-2016