Fossil Prep & Collections SymposiumField Trip

 Symposium Field Trip

Pack your hiking boots and take part in the Symposium field trip to one of the most fossil-rich areas in the world.
Dinosaur Provincial Park has yielded over 40 dinosaur species and hundreds of complete skeletons that are now mounted in museums around the world. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 due to its nationally significant badlands, a unique riparian cottonwood habitat that supports numerous species of bird and animals, and the international importance of the fossils found within the Park.


Symposium Registration

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Toll free in Alberta
310-0000 then (403) 823-7707

Outside North America

Please ask for the Bookings Office.


Field Trip Details

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 

Transportation: 47- passenger bus.

Departs: 8:00 a.m. (in front of the Ramada Inn)
Returns: 8:30 p.m. (in front of the Ramada Inn)

Description: Southern Alberta is uniquely famous for its richness of Campanian - Maastrichtian dinosaur, and other vertebrate fossils that have been collected and studied since the 1880s. This one-day field trip focuses on fossil resources in the Oldman and Dinosaur Park formations at Dinosaur Provincial Park. We will visit classic and new localities at the Park, and review current research activities, palaeoenvironments and palaeoecology. The specific itinerary will be weather dependant.

Physical Requirements: You must be in good physical condition. As we are taking a large bus to the Park, we will be unable to drive into the badlands preserve area. Therefore, we will hike to all localities, a round-trip distance of approximately 8 kilometres (~ 5 miles).
Extras: We will stop at the rustic western Patricia Hotel (built in 1915) for beer and a “cook your own” BBQ steak at the end of the day (5:00 p.m.). The cost is NOT INCLUDED in your Field Trip registration.

What to bring:
• Hat
• Sturdy, comfortable close-toed shoes—no sandals
• Daypack
• Camera-recommended
• Windbreaker, rainproof
• Clothing suitable for a variety of weather conditions
• Binoculars-recommended

Water, lunch, and some snacks will be provided, but if there is something particular that you would like, please bring it with you.

Hazards: As the weather is always variable in Alberta in mid-April, you should be prepared for brisk spring weather, and warm early summer conditions. This is badlands terrain, so good hiking boots/shoes are necessary.

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