Join us for a day of everything dinosaurs! Regular admission rates apply for activities inside of the Discovery Center.
Walk and Talk: Paleontology Fossil Hike
Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM
$3 for FHDC members, $4 for non-members
*This event is held off-site.
Join us for a guided hike through prehistoric times as we explore Flint Hills paleontology. Uncover ancient life from the interior seaway that once covered the Flint Hills. The fossil hike will be guided by Jordan Van Sickler, Assistant Preparator at the University of Kansas Vertebrate Paleontology Lab. He is an experienced paleontologist, participating in several digs in Montana and preparing multiple specimens.Pre-registration is required. Please register online, by calling 785-587-2726, or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.
We will meet at the trailhead for the Tuttle Creek Dam spillway off of Beach Road. Participants are responsible for any state park access fees.
This event will be held rain or shine, as long as the weather is deemed safe. Please wear walking shoes and sunblock. We encourage you to bring a water bottle!
Paleontologist Meet and Greet
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Meet Ian Trevethan, Education and Outreach Manager from the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. He will be hosting a “Meet a Paleontologist” booth where you can learn more about this amazing scientific field. Dive deep into Kansas prehistory with three unique presentations on prehistoric life.
The Western Interior Seaway
Discover the amazing secrets of the Kansas ocean and the mysterious creatures that inhabited it.
Meet the Dinosaurs
Learn all about these amazing and very successful animals that once ruled the earth. Find out how paleontologists know what they know and how they decipher clues from millions of years ago.
Swimming with Mosasaurs
Mosasaurs were the top predator in the seas over Kansas. Find out how they became such fierce predators! Learn about one Tylosaur’s 80 million year journey from sea predator to becoming a fossil at the Sternberg museum.
Mosasaur Fossil Skull Demo
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Meet Jordan Van Sickler, Assistant Preparator at the University of Kansas Vertebrate Paleontology Lab. He will be conducting live fossil prep work on a real Mosasaur skull. Then watch as he demonstrates the process for making fossil casts.
Take-home Dinosaur Craft
Kids can make their very own dinosaur hat to take home!
Joshua ‘Jordan’ Van Sickler is an Assistant Preparator at the University of Kansas Vertebrate Paleontology Lab. He has also worked with the University of Arkansas Paleoanthropology lab examining tooth wear patterning and diet of new world monkeys. Jordan has been preparing, molding, and casting specimens in the Paleontology lab. He has also been a part of several KU dinosaur digs in Montana over the past two years and is helping with the excavation of their young Tyrannosaur specimen. His current work relates to jaw articulation model in various Mosasaur genera.
Ian Trevethan has earned a bachelors of science in earth sciences from Montana State University, and has earned a Master of Science in Geosciences from Fort Hays State University. His works consists of isotopic analysis of core body temperature of mosasaurs and has also participated in research projects regarding individual cranial variation in dinosaurs. He is committed to educating the general public in all facets of paleontological and geological sciences, particularly through museum outreach programs.