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Dinosaur Bone Preservation: From the Jurassic to the Lab

Program Number: 6276RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2013 - 9/20/2013; 9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Thermopolis, Wyoming
Price starting at: $735.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Delve into Wyoming's compelling geologic history — dinosaurs did roam this corner of the earth! Nearly 150 million years ago, dinosaurs such as Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, and Allosaurus roamed and thrived on the land that is now modern-day Wyoming. Investigate the lives of these fascinating Jurassic creatures as you help paleontologists from the Wyoming Dinosaur Center (WDC) prepare dinosaur bones for preservation and display. Gain hands-on experience in the molding and casting process to create bone replicas, and get in-depth insight into the museum’s dinosaur exhibits and collections. Learn about Wind River Canyon and the World’s Largest Mineral Hot Springs, and explore the dig sites under excavation by the WDC.




Highlights

• Earn a Basic Lab Preparation Techniques Certification, a status offering evidence of field competence for future museum work.
• Under the instruction of paleontologists, prepare bones in the lab and learn molding and casting techniques used to make replicas of the specimens.
• Weather permitting, search for fossils in a Jurassic sea bed or view Native American petroglyphs.



Activity Particulars

Short walks, 1-2 miles, over flat terrain on field trip. Elevations of 4,300 feet.



Coordinated by Big Horn Basin Foundation.




Thermopolis

Sitting at the foothills of the Owl Creek Mountains and the mouth of Wind River Canyon in north-central Wyoming, Thermopolis is known for the soothing waters of the world’s largest mineral hot springs. It is surrounded by the Jurassic Morrison Formation — the West’s most famous dinosaur bearing stratum — with rocks 2.8 billion years old.



Accommodations
Comfortable motel with indoor pool and outdoor hot spring pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bill Wahl

As a child, Bill Wahl collected dinosaur toys — today, he works as a laboratory manager at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, where he is in charge of preparing a selection of material collected locally from various geologic formations. Using these raw materials, as well as his master’s degree in geology, Bill teaches outreach programs at universities and science museums. He has developed four separate thesis projects on the materials he has collected, prepared and researched, and enjoys sharing his findings with learners of all ages.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Days Inn
  Thermopolis, WY 6 nights
 Days Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located in Hot Springs State Park, home of the "world's largest hot mineral spring".
  Contact info: 115 E Park Street
Thermopolis, WY 82443 USA
phone: 307-864-3131
  Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, coffee maker, free morning paper, hairdryer, high-speed internet access, air conditioning, iron/board.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor hot mineral jacuzzi, seasonal fresh water pool, massages, mineral steam room and soaking tubs, racquetball court, 2 exercise rooms, on-site restaurant and lounge, gift shop, laundry room.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel Contact hotel for details.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel Contact hotel for details.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check In at 3:00 pm You will be staying at Days Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at Noon You will be staying at Days Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Waiver-Release Form, a Image Release Form, and a Travel Arrival Arrangements Form. Upon arrival you are also required to fill out a Wyoming Department of Health Form.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the motel as well as at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center if needed.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Thermopolis, WY
  Nearest city or town:  Billings, MT
  Nearest highway: Hwy 120
  Nearest airport:  Worland Municipal Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Thermopolis, WY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Cody

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
WDC
phone: 307-864-2997
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5-2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

74 miles

 

Worland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
WDC
phone: 307-864-2997
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

about 30 miles

   

A form will be sent out to you a month before the program that asks you how you plan on arriving in Thermopolis. If you are in need of transportation to and from the airport then you make note of that on the form and someone from the Wyoming Dinosaur Center will be there to pick you up. The number listed above is the number for the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.

 
Driving Directions
  East From RAPID CITY to Gillette to Buffalo to Worland to Thermopolis. From GILLETTE to Buffalo to Worland to Thermopolis.
  North From BILLINGS to Laurel then Bridger to Lovely to Greybull to Worland to Thermopolis. From CODY to Thermopolis. From BUFFALO to Worland to Thermopolis. From RAPID CITY to Gillette to Buffalo to Thermopolis.
  South From Cheyenne to Casper to Shoshoni to Thermopolis. From Casper to Shoshoni to Thermopolis. From Salt Lake to Rock Springs to Lander to Riverton to Shoshoni to Thermopolis. From LARAMIE to Rawlins to Riverton to Shoshoni to Thermopolis.
  West From YELLOWSTONE to Cody to Thermopolis. From JACKSON to Dubois to Riverton to Shoshoni to Thermopolis.
Elevation Note: Elevations of 4300 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Afternoon: Check into Hotel
 Dinner: Participants will be picked up by 6:15 pm from the front of the Hotel. Dinner from 6:30-7:00 at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.
 Evening: Orientation from 7:00 to ? At this time we will hand out information about the week including the schedule.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Tour of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center Museum and Introduction to the Preparation Lab. Weather permitting, a tour of the Hill Sites.
(Monday, September 16)

Note: The Museum Tour is about an hour to an hour and a half of walking through the museum. The Introduction of the Prep Lab is to explain the proper use of tools and when to use certain tools.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel
 Morning: Tour of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites.
 Lunch: Lunch at Senior Center
 Afternoon: Work in the center's bone preparation lab.
 Dinner: Dinner at one of the restaurants in Thermopolis TBD.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Prepping Bones in the Preparation Lab. Presentation from one of our Paleontologists.
(Tuesday, September 17)

Note: The Presentation is on current research being done at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel
 Morning: Work in the Center's bone preparation lab.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Senior Center
 Afternoon: Work in the Center's bone preparation lab.
 Dinner: Pizza night at the Dinosaur Center.
 Evening: Paleontology presentation
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Wind River Canyon and Thermopolis Hot Springs Tour and working in the preparation lab.
(Wednesday, September 18)

Note: The Canyon tour takes you through the geology of the area and then touches upon the natural mineral hot springs that occur in the area.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel
 Morning: Work in the center's bone preparation lab.
 Lunch: Lunch at Senior Center
 Afternoon: Tour of Wind River Canyon and Hot Springs geology.
 Dinner: Dinner at local Thermopolis restaurant, TBD
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Preparation Lab all day.
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel
 Morning: Work in the center's bone preparation lab.
 Lunch: Lunch at Senior Center
 Afternoon: Work in the center's bone preparation lab.
 Dinner: Dinner at local Thermopolis restaurant, TBD
 Evening: Free Time.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Certification test, Tour of Molding and Casting, and wrap up
(Friday, September 20)

Note: The Tour of Molding and Casting is to show participants how bones are replicated so as to preserve them from being handled alot while being studied.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel
 Morning: Certification Test, Tour of Molding and Casting, and Wrap up
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Thermopolis, WY Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center
Founded to preserve the history of the region's settlers, the Museum has gathered a large collection of artifacts used in everyday life in Wyoming, with the majority of items dating from the 1880s through the 1930s. Highlights of the collection include the cherrywood bar from the Hole-in-the-Wall Saloon, a sightseeing stagecoach of the type used in Yellowstone park until 1914, a one-room schoolhouse moved to the Museum grounds from a location in the county, an extensive collection of Native American artifacts, a log cabin from the ghost town of Andersonville, and an elk hide painting created by Chief Washakie of the Shoshoni in January 1900. There is also a collection of approximately 8,000 historic photographs of Thermopolis and Hot Springs County. For additional information, visit www.trib.com
  Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce
Located at 119 South 6th Street. Phone: 307-864-3192. For additional information, visit www.thermopolis.com
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