Enrichment Program at Locust Grove Elementary

Brett, Tim and I got up early this morning to drive to Locust Grove Elementary School. Ms. Bowne asked me to speak to her Kindergarten and first grade students in the Saturday Enrichment Program about being a paleontologist.

We spent two hours talking to an attentive and enthusiastic audience. I talked about how we make field jackets, then showed several specimens that we brought with us (the Stegosaurus tibia and fibula were particularly popular, as were the coprolites from the Solite Quarry.) After Tim demonstrated how to prepare specimens, the kids took turns cleaning a fossil rib.

I’d like to thank Ms. Bowne and her students for inviting us to participate in this program, and hopefully we inspired some future paleontologists!

Photos by Tim Dooley and Brett Dooley.

Believe it our not, I managed to sit in one of those tiny elementary school chairs, although it took awhile to stand up straight again afterward!

Tim demonstrating preparation techniques.

Brett supervises preparators-in-training.

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8 Responses to Enrichment Program at Locust Grove Elementary

  1. Elizabeth Bowne says:

    Thanks so much for coming such a far way to inspire us all! We loved having you and your family. We have 3 sessions left, and I know I won’t be able to top your awesome visit today!

    Thanks :o)

  2. Doug says:

    Oi, that must have been fun. I did something similar my senior year in high school biology with some of my fossil casts. I generated similar interest but with less enthusiastic looks.

  3. Alton Dooley says:

    Most paleontologists I know react to fossils about the same way a 6-year-old does, so it’s a good age to talk to!

    This was also a well-prepared group, that already had a lot of paleontologic knowledge and good questions (good work Ms. Bowne!).

  4. Leigh says:

    Jordan is having a great time learning everything new. Thanks!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for visiting with the children. Johnathan has talked about this to everyone he meets and knows. He also loved having his T-Rex used to help demonstrate the fossil casts. Good luck in the future and God Bless.

  6. Alton Dooley says:

    It’s great to hear that the kids enjoyed the program! We always try to encourage kids to take an interest in science, since in today’s world an understanding of science and technology is important no matter what you do.

  7. Mrs. Barlow says:

    Trent loved digging for dinosaur bones and “cleaning them with the same tool the dentist use to clean our teeth.” He was truly captivated. Thank you for being part of an interesting program.

  8. Alton Dooley says:

    One thing that people often find surprising is that many of the tools we use are not really remarkable. While we have some “high-tech” tools, in the lab we mostly use dental picks, paint brushes, and toothbrushes. When we dig fossils out of the ground, we often use the same things, plus picks, shovels. One of my favorite field digging tools is just a flathead screwdriver.

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