February Science and Education Center Lecture Series
Contact: Bill Parker, 928-524-6228 x262
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest, AZ ― Jeff Kida, photography editor for Arizona Highways Magazine, will be providing a presentation titled “Ancient Discoveries in the Petrified Forest” as part of the park’s Science and Education Center Lecture Series. The early and mid-1980s was a boom time at Petrified Forest National Park. Archaeologists and paleontologists roamed the hills, prospected and made amazing discoveries. A diverse mix of scientists from the western United States probed the earth's history. The scientists made a headline-grabbing discovery, unearthing the world's earliest datable dinosaur. Jeff shares his personal story of his introduction to this research community and the excitement of that time. The presentation will begin at 10 am on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, and will be held at the Painted Desert Visitor Center Community Building in Petrified Forest National Park. The PDVC is located at Exit 311 on Interstate Highway 40. This presentation is open to the public and admission is free.
The Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center was established to bring park visitors and researchers together to foster understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural resources of the park and the Colorado Plateau. Lectures are held the first Wednesday of each month on a variety of topics including geology, paleontology, archaeology, and biology.
For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park Superintendent at e-mail us. Our website has more news and press releases: www.nps.gov/pefo/parknews/newsreleases.htm.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.