Love Fossils? Paleopalooza is Back at The Academy of Natural Sciences
Are you a prehistoric junkie who loves everything about fossils and paleontology? Then this weekend The Academy of Natural Sciences is the place to be. Every year, the Academy celebrates all things prehistoric during Paleopalooza, a two-day festival of fossils.
This year at Paleopalooza:
- Get an exclusive look at some rarely exhibited and wonderful fossils and type specimens collected by Academy paleontologists.
- See a special presentation from Academy paleontologist Ted Daeschler about his recent expedition to Antarctica.
- Visit our Drawn to Dinosaurs exhibit and watch Academy dinosaur enthusiast and paleoartist Christopher DiPiazza bring Hadrosaurus foulkii back to life in chalk.
- Take a guided tour of Dinosaur Hall.
- Stop into the Mesozoic Market for educational displays, fossil vendors, dinosaur tattoos, face painting and more.
See Full Itinerary Below
Reimagining Haddy With Christopher DiPiazza
Visit our Drawn to Dinosaurs exhibit and watch Academy dinosaur enthusiast and paleoartist Christopher DiPiazza bring Hadrosaurus foulkii back to life in chalk over two action-packed days.
Auditorium Show: Ancient Animals
11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
From the first amphibians to crawl on land over 400 million years ago to the most sophisticated modern birds, animals are ancient! Meet the Academy’s own live animal ambassadors, and check out the big screen to compare them to their ancient relatives found in the fossil record.
Auditorium Show: Dinosaurs of the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute
Join paleontologist Jason Schein for a wicked cool presentation on what it takes to dig up dinosaurs in the American West. Find out what discoveries might be in store for the next few years, and learn more about taking a trip out there yourself!
Auditorium Show: Storytime With Marty “The Mesozoic” Moose
Join everyone’s favorite pun-ny storyteller, Marty the Moose, for an interactive story time featuring a dinosaur tale and live animal.
Auditorium Show: Searching for Fossils at the Bottom of the World
Academy paleontologist Ted Daeschler shares his fascinating stories and amazing discoveries from his recent expedition to Antarctica.
Guided Tours of Dinosaur Hall
10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Meet under the T. rex for ultra-cool dinosaur tours. Bring your most pressing dino questions!
See a real fossil fresh from the field as it is prepared by our technicians in the Fossil Prep Lab.
Stop by the Commons for educational displays, fossil vendors, dinosaur tattoos, face painting and more.
The Fossil Hunt
Have sharp eyes? Search for real fossils to take home. Take a closer look at specimens that prove that dinosaurs don’t have the monopoly on cool fossils!