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World Oceans Day Dinosaur Discovery Day 2017 :: Saturday, June 10

Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge to celebrate World Oceans Day! Hands-on activities will be at the Visitor Center, and scientists will be stationed along the Ridge trail to interpret geology and fossils. Parking will be onsite at the main Visitor Center.

Contact: Erin LaCount at tours@dinoridge.org for more information.
DINOSAUR RIDGE NEWS
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge Green River Fossil Fish Dig - Kemmerer, Wyoming

Friends and supporters of Dinosaur Ridge spent Memorial Day weekend on the Green River Fossil Fish Dig. This amazing weekend excursion visited the Ancient Lake Fossils private, commercial quarry in the Green River Formation near Fossil Butte National Monument in Kemmerer, Wyoming. 16 trip participants dug in their active split fish quarry and returned home with many treasures. Guest speakers included Arvid Aase (Fossil Butte National Monument, National Park Service) and Ancient Lake Fossils, Inc. quarry owner Adam Lindgren, quarry staff Dain Hanson, and Dinosaur Ridge staff Blake Sullivan. 
WAYS TO SUPPORT DINOSAUR RIDGE

End the Bus Fuss!

Please consider donating today to help end the Bus Fuss at Dinosaur Ridge.
Summer is upon us, and our visitors are excited to ride the buses up the ridge. However, our buses are as temperamental as Gus (the Stegosaurus), who is losing the Bus Fuss fundraising race. We have almost $3,000, but we need to raise another $17,000 to fund two new buses. Please join Team Gus or Team Russ (the T-Rex) by making a donation today. Click here to donate! 
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Help Us Build the Crocodile Creek Stairs and Viewing Platform

With support from members, donors, and dinosaur lovers everywhere, we are breaking ground this summer on the construction of a modest stairway for visitors to safely access additional dinosaur and crocodile tracks near FODR’s main tracksite. In the next few years, we will begin construction on our long-anticipated tracksite pavilion cover to preserve the 300+ tracks at the main tracksite. During construction of the tracksite cover, we will be forced to temporarily close the main tracksite. With the tracksite closed, we will need an alternative tracksite for our visitors to view.

The Crocodile Creek site is a unique frozen snapshot of a tidal channel habitat from 100 million years ago. The sloping edges of the channel can be seen uphill (south) and downhill (north) from the staircase and will be more easily seen from the newly constructed viewing platform. In the main channel areas, there are many sandstone layers with the scratch impressions of crocodile swim tracks and several duck-billed dinosaur traces (ornithopod tracks).

FODR currently has 66% of the funds needed to complete this project thanks to the generous donations of Jefferson County, the Harvey Family Foundation, and the 1772 Foundation. Construction documents and project costs are finalized. However, we need $23,500 more to begin construction. The Harvey Family Foundation's gift was a matching gift awarded to encourage other Dinosaur Ridge supporters to help. Please DOUBLE THE IMPACT of this gift by donating today: 
UPCOMING EVENTS AT DINOSAUR RIDGE
Summer Camps 2017
Session 7 is full, but we still have availability in Sessions 1-6 and Session 8. Spots are filling up quickly, so please register your kiddo today for an awesome week filled with science, outdoor exploration, and fun at Dinosaur Ridge!

Summer Camp Webpage
Summer Camp Registration Forms
Would you consider a donation to support our projects or programs? Please contact us for more information on the Crocodile Creek Stairs, Guided Tour Bus Campaign, and more!

Contact Sara Miller :: development@dinoridge.org :: 303-697-3466 x107
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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Thank You to Sharron Carosella - Dedicated Dinosaur Ridge Volunteer
 
Anticipating retirement from a long career at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denvver, Sharron Carosella knew she wanted to participate in volunteer work. She never anticipated that her experience in and love of education would translate to dinosaurs. Now 8 years later, Sharron is one of Dinosaur Ridge's dedicated volunteers, working every Sunday as a docent in our exhibit hall, Trek Through Time. We had her reflect on her favorite memories of Dinosaur Ridge:
 
When I first started in 2009, I had very little knowledge of fossils and dinosaurs, but I was trained by one of our other volunteers, John, and before long I was teaching others about the prehistoric journey through time. 

Sharron can be found at our East Gate at almost every Dinosaur Discovery Day, greeting walkers, helping shuttle bus riders find their way, and providing much-needed information about the discoveries on the ridge. On Sundays, she can be found role-playing with our young visitors in the defend/offend area of our exhibit halls, teaching kids about battles between herbivores and carnivores. 

Our young visitors--the ones who are in the formative stages of learning--are the most fun to teach. They don't know that they are learning while they are having fun in Trek Through Time. We are helping them develop a good evolutionary model and baseline for scientific exploration.


In addition to her hard-earned expertise in dinosaurs and fossils, Sharron holds Colorado licensure as a principal, counselor, and teacher and has Colorado vocational credentials in 13 career and technical areas. Thanks so much for helping FODR grow, and still serving FODR today, Sharron!
VOLUNTEER NEWS
Volunteers Needed!

The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge runs a ton of great programs at our Visitor Centers, but we couldn't do it without our dedicated volunteers! At the moment, we're in need of volunteers to lead guided tours for school-age groups and to cover some open shifts in our indoor exhibit Trek Through Time.

Training is provided for all volunteer experiences here at Dinosaur Ridge, and we're super flexible on times, commitments, and availability!

Come spend a day or so with us and see how we do what we do!

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Blake Sullivan for more information! :: Volunteer@dinoridge.org :: 303-407-8280
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Dinosaur Ridge was honored to receive $30,000 from the Harvey Family Foundation. $25,000 is earmarked as a matching gift initiative to support our exciting new construction project at Crocodile Creek. The Harvey Family Foundation also provided Friends of Dinosaur Ridge with an additional $5,000 to help launch the individual donor, matching-gift campaign, which will help us raise the final dollars necessary to begin construction on this project. We are grateful to the Harvey Family Foundation for being long-term supporters of our mission-driven work and capital projects at Dinosaur Ridge. Please see the Crocodile Creek section above for more information on how you can double the impact of this gift with your own donation or click here to donate now.
Dinosaur Ridge received a generous award of $1,000 from the Kinder Morgan Foundation in Lakewood, CO, to support our Title I School Field Trip programs. In 2016, we had approximately 280 schools visit FODR, with a collective total of more than 16,000 students as part of those programs. Approximately 6,000 of those (more than 40% of those students) are from Title I schools. Due to generous funding of our School Field Trip program, the students spend two hours at Dinosaur Ridge, including a 90-minute program led by one of our staff and volunteers, as well as exploration/lunch time. The staff and volunteers leading the programs are all trained in local geology and paleontology, and our programs are carefully aligned with age-appropriate State of Colorado science standards. Many thanks to Kinder Morgan for supporting scientific education for children. 
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