Dino Digger Tools

Sarah Doyle at Lincoln Elementary

Sarah Doyle at Lincoln Elementary

Logistics: This is a powerpoint type presentation with some supportive hands on materials and is geared toward the 4th or 5th grade level utilizing document camera type equipment available in most Fremont County classrooms.    The program takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Purpose:  Acquaint students with our local dinosaur excavation legacy, learn about the different quarries, dinosaur diggers, tools, and techniques.  Learn how these bones arrived in museums across the country.   The program discusses people, historic time frames, excavation tools and techniques, science,  and geography.

Description: Fremont County and in particular the Garden Park Fossil Area is home to several periods of major dinosaur excavations.  These dinosaurs lived and died in the area now called the Garden Park Fossil Area and some of the skeletons were preserved through fossilization.   The first excavations began in 1877 and continued through the late 1880’s, 1916, late 1930’s, mid 1950’s and  the last major excavations took place in 1992. Continued exploration continues today.

Our discoveries are key to collections and exhibits in major museums including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the American Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven Connecticut, and the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian).