School Vacation Week Programs at Dinosaur State Park

Press release from the Connecticut DEEP

Darwin Days – February 15-16th and 18th-23rd, 2014

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will sponsor a series of programs for families during February school vacation week.  The programs take place February 15-16 and 18-23.

The programs include:

View a Film:  Films are shown throughout each day beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Last showing begins at 3:30 p.m.  Featured at noon will be “The Day the Mesozoic Died.”

  • Make a craft:  A craft area will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. where visitors will make a DNA bracelet to take home. The bracelet replicates a segment of DNA from different animals using multi-colored beads.
  • Meet the park’s animals.  Animal demonstrations daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Track Talks daily at 11:30 a.m.  A staff member will discuss what Connecticut was like in the early Jurassic period.

 Special Program

 Sharon Audubon will present a live Hawk and Owl program.  This program will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 1 p.m.  Join us to learn more about the living descendants of the theropod dinosaurs.  This 45-minute show is recommended for ages 5 and up.  Seating is limited to 100.  Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show.

Location

Dinosaur State Park is located on 400 West Street in Rocky Hill.  Visitors can view 600 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints under the dome along with museum exhibits.  The park has a newly renovated Discovery Room that features a small live animal collection, a young visitor area, an investigation station that features activities with rocks and minerals, an interactive geologic map of Connecticut, dozens of pull – and – learn  drawers filled with hundreds of fossils and geologic specimens, a bird sound station and much more.

There are 2 ½ miles of outdoor hiking trails.  The park also has a bookshop that has a wide variety of unique items for sale.

Admission

 All special programs are included with your admission.  Adults (13 and up) are $6, Youth (6-12) are $2 and children under 6 are free.  The park accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover.  Charter Oak Passes are available for seniors (65 and over) who are Connecticut residents.  Picture ID must be presented to acquire a pass.

For more information, call the park at (860) 529-5816 or visit our website at

www.ct.gov/deep/dinosaurstatepark

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