Learning Center Lecture Series July 2007
Contact: Bill Parker, (928) 524-6229 ext. 262
Petrified Forest National Park Learning Center Lecture Series, July 2007
Petrified Forest, AZ ― Paleontologist Randall Irmis of the University of California Museum of Paleontology will be providing an hour-long presentation titled The Rise of Dinosaurs in the American Southwest as part of the park’s ongoing Learning Center Lecture Series. The lecture will discuss the origin of dinosaurs, with emphasis on new discoveries from Petrified Forest National Park and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. The lecture will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, and will be held at the Painted Desert Visitor Center Community Building in Petrified Forest National Park. The community building is located at Exit 311 on Interstate Highway 40. This lecture is open to the public and admission is free.
The Petrified Forest National Park Learning 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, unless it falls on a holiday, 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.
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.