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Dinosaur Weekend Returns With A Roar

Families and children are sure to roar with delight at the return of Dinosaur Weekend to Nixon County Park on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22.

Hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be a number of displays and hands-on activities for the entire family. Touch real dinosaur bones, put your hand in a model dinosaur foot print, play the dinosaur tracking game and learn about some of the mighty beasts that once roamed the Earth.

A perennial favorite, the fossil pit, again will be available to anyone wishing to collect a piece of evidence from the past. Several fossil and mineral dealers will be on hand. Also chat with Drexel University Academy of Natural Sciences experts, who will supply a dinosaur display and conduct programs throughout the weekend.

Members of the Central Pennsylvania Rock and Mineral Club will have a table where Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be able to complete some of the requirements for the geology badge.

Admission for entire weekend is $2 per person. Children under the age of 5 are free. Park Members free. The ticket is good for all weekend.

Entries for the Dinosaur Coloring Contest are due at the Nixon Center by noon on Saturday, September 21st. Ages categories are 3-5; 6-8 and 9-12. Any medium will be accepted, but glass frames are not permitted. Pictures cannot be larger than 8.5 inches by 14 inches. There is no entry fee.

Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Special programs throughout the weekend will include:

Saturday, September 21:

Discovering Dinosaurs by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
How do we know what dinosaurs were like? Were other animals alive at the same time as the dinosaurs? How were they similar to animals that still live today? Learn the answers to the puzzles of paleontology by examining fossils and participating in engaging activities. For children age 5 and older.

Dinosaur Story Time
12 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Hear a story about Herbie a friendly dinosaur who was trying to make friends in the prehistoric world. Learn what Herbie ate, where he slept and the trouble that he got into. The program will end with the children making dinosaur masks and parading around the nature center. For children ages 4 to 7.

Fossils, Fossils Everywhere
2 p.m.– 2:45 p.m.
Join Parks staff person Jeri Jones for a look at fossils other than dinosaurs. Learn how fossils form and what types of fossils can be found in Pennsylvania.

Sunday, September 22:

Discovering Dinosaurs by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
How do we know what dinosaurs were like? Were other animals alive at the same time as the dinosaurs? How were they similar to animals that still live today? Learn the answers to the puzzles of paleontology by examining fossils and participating in engaging activities. For children ages 5 and older.

Tracking A Dinosaur
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Join Parks staff person Jeri Jones for a fun, interactive program. Learn how dinosaurs walked, what their tracks tell us and see examples of local dinosaurs. For children ages 5 and older.

For more information, call Nixon County Park at (717) 428-1961.

For more programs, go to www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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