Sometimes one forgets that you don’t always have to look to Colorado for illuminating excursions. There are, for example, a bunch of exciting events held at the Wyoming State Museum downtown on Central Ave. In addition to supremely exciting events (like this one — Folger Library’s First Folios on Tour!) and great geocache opportunities (with a gift shop reward for a clever find), the Museum hosts special presentations each month. With the end of the quarter/semester looming, you might be looking for Extra Credit opportunities, and here’s an interesting one for you.
It’s “Wyoming Dinosaur Discoveries: Where Did the Dinosaurs Go?”, this Thursday the 14th at 7pm. Per the Museum’s site:
Wyoming is home to some of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossils. Since the first discovery in 1872, dinosaurs have been excavated, placed on railcars or loaded into trucks, and shipped throughout the world. It was not until 1961 that a dinosaur from Wyoming was mounted and placed on display within the state. Join Jessica Lippincott, Director of the Big Horn Basin Foundation, to learn about the past 150 years of dinosaur discoveries in Wyoming and where those dinosaurs are now.
You could pair this lecture with Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards, a 2005 graphic novel by Jim Ottaviani and Big Time Attic (available in our school library) that details the Bone Wars that brought paleontologists to Wyoming. Or, while there, you can marvel at the now-legendary license plate boot out front, a painted boot featuring the fine brush strokes of a once-local student from way back when who likes to humblebrag in extra credit offers. See me for more info, and get digging! That saddle-bearing triceratops isn’t going to clone itself.