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Family Fossil Fun Day on Sunday, September 14 from 1pm - 5pm

Pamela Owen
 Texas Memorial Museum

Family Fossil Fun Day
Texas Memorial Museum

2400 Trinity St.
(2 blocks north of the UT stadium)
Sunday, September 14th from 1pm to 5pm
fossil identifications, hands-on presentations by paleontologists, storytime, fossil dig pit, and paleo-themed crafts and activities

Activity Schedule:

1:30–2:00 pm
Dinosaur Dance – storytelling for the whole family, presented by Ms. Patricia Ramsey, children’s librarian.
(4th floor, VR theatre room)

2:15–3:00 pm
The Case of the Missing Clam – with Dr. Ann Molineux, TNSC invertebrate paleontologist.  Follow the forensic trail and gather evidence for the case in this hands-on activity.
(1st floor, across hall from Paleo Lab)

3:30–4:15 pm
Ice Age Austin – with Dr. Pamela R. Owen, TNSC vertebrate paleontologist.  Come for a hands-on exploration of fossil mammals including saber-toothed cats, mammoths and giant ground sloths.
(1st floor, across hall from Paleo Lab)

Ongoing 1:00–4:45 pm
Crafts and Games (2nd floor)
Fossil Identifications (1st floor, Paleo Lab)
Fossil Dig Pit (Outside on the west patio, NW corner)
Fun Photo with a Mosasaur (Outside on the west patio, NW corner)

NOTE: This Family Fossil Fun Day event represents Texas Memorial Museum’s participation in Austin Museum Partnership’s 11th annual Austin Museum Day – when more than 20 area museums offer free admission and special activities for visitors of all ages.  For more information about Austin Museum Day, visit http://www.austinmuseums.org/museum_day_2008.html


Texas Memorial Museum is part of the Texas Natural Science Center at UT Austin.   The Museums mission:  to encourage awareness and appreciation of the interplay of biological, geological and environmental forces as they have shaped, are shaping and will shape our world
Regular museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
The Museum is located at 2400 Trinity Street (2 blocks north of the UT stadium). 
For more information about the Texas Memorial Museum, visit www.texasmemorialmuseum.org
About UTs Texas Natural Science Center:  
The Center encourages awareness of biological diversity through research, exhibits, and education/outreach and is made up of the Texas Memorial Museum, the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab, the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab, and the Texas Natural History Collections.  Our leading-edge research in the disciplines of paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology has amassed a $4-billion collection of 5.7 million specimens.  All exhibits and education/outreach programs are based on these specimens, most of which are from Texas and many of which are unique and irreplaceable. Exhibits and educational programming spotlight evolution and biodiversity, dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, and gems and minerals.  We welcome more than 75,000 visitors to our exhibit hall, the Texas Memorial Museum, annually.  We are the leader in science education enrichment for Central Texas, with community outreach including teacher training workshops, school presentations reaching 700+ K-12 students each semester, public events that draw more than 8,000 visitors annually, partnerships with other science organizations, and a website featuring virtual exhibits with educational materials for teachers and leading-edge research data.

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