Travel back in time to when prehistoric beasts ruled the land, even right here in West Virginia. Walking With Dinosaurs, a museum quality exhibit of authentic fossils and cast skeletons, returns for its fourth year at the Harrison County Parks & Recreation Complex.
The exhibits will come alive every Thursday – Sunday from February 2 – April 2, 2017. Dozens of fossils will be on display including the Giant Ground Sloth (Megalonyx jeffersonii), an Ice Age mammal discovered in Monroe County in 1797. Guests have the opportunity to snap a photo standing in the jaws of a massive T-Rex skull or build 3D puzzles of prehistoric beasts. Among the most impressive displays are a 13-foot high Stegodon and a six and a half foot long Triceratops skull.
Special enrichment and interactive opportunities are planned through the months of February and March, mainly spread throughout the weekends. Beginning February 1, children ages 6-13 can register for “Sleeping with Dinosaurs,” an overnight adventure held on February 24, March 10, and March 24. Limited space is available.
Then, Saturdays from February 11 through March 25, kids can dig for authentic Ice Age bones in the Kids Quarry, make their own dinosaur tracks, and enter drawings for a chance to win real bones. Paleontologists Ray Garton and Zack Heck will stop by the parks and recreation center on Sundays for question and answer sessions and fossil examinations, with exact dates and times to be announced. Guests are encouraged to bring their own fossils.
Walking With Dinosaurs is open to the public free of charge – offered in cooperation with the Harrison County Commission. Help and expertise for the exhibit is provided by E. Ray and Mary Ellen Garton of Prehistoric Planet. The Harrison County Recreation Complex at 43 Recreation Drive (Rt. 19 S) in Clarksburg.
For more information or to see a complete exhibit schedule, visit www.hcparks.org or call (304) 423-7800.