Wyoming Workshop Offers Teachers a Week With Dinosaurs

Based out of Shell, Wyoming, the workshops can be taken for college credit and are led by Smithsonian paleontologist Michael Brett-Surman


The fossil-rich landscape of Wyoming's Bighorn Basin. Photo by author.

For six days this coming July, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History paleontologist Michael Brett-Surman will be leading a pair of dinosaur workshops for kindergarten through 12th grade teachers interested in getting some hands-on experience with geology and paleontology. Based out of Shell, Wyoming, the workshops can be taken for college credit, and are divided into two topics:

July 1 to 3: The first workshop is called “DinosaurScience” and combines classroom lectures with visits to the field to explain how paleontologists reconstruct dinosaur biology.

July 6 to 8: Titled “The History of Life Through Fossils,” the second workshop is a survey of the last 600 million years, with a focus on the strata of Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin.

More information about the workshops can be found at the Bighorn Basin GeoScience Center website. The registration deadline is May 15, 2011.

About Brian Switek
Brian Switek

Brian Switek is a freelance science writer specializing in evolution, paleontology, and natural history. He writes regularly for National Geographic's Phenomena blog as Laelaps.

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