On May 20–21, Chickasaw National Recreation Area will host the first official National Park Service PaleoBlitz. The PaleoBlitz is a fun and scientifically beneficial way to learn and experience firsthand the diverse fossil record within Chickasaw NRA. This unique event is among the numerous centennial events occurring this year in recognition of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.
The PaleoBlitz will be a two-day event on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. May 20 will be a Day of Discovery with expert paleontologists and researchers doing field work to examine and inventory fossils in the park. May 21 at 9 am to 2 pm will be a Fossil Festival open to the public. Held at the Goddard Youth Camp on the shore of Lake of the Arbuckles, the Fossil Festival will include walks, talks, activities, and hands-on demonstrations. Kids can also become Junior Paleontologists. Participants will be able to tour the Goddard Children’s Museum, where they can view a 40-foot Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur. Results from the PaleoBlitz will be included in the NPS/National Geographic broadcast at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as part of the Centennial BioBlitz festivities. We hope that if you’re in the area on May 21, 2016, you can pay us a visit, or if not, that you follow along with the fun!
The PaleoBlitz focuses on ancient fossil life. Knowledge of ancient diversity is important because it can help us better understand how life responded in the past to events that have parallels today. We can see changes in the kinds of organisms that inhabited an area over time, such as in response to extinction events, climate change, and changes in environment. In addition, a PaleoBlitz will help spread awareness about the fossil resources of the National Park Service and encourage appropriate stewardship. Remember, collecting fossils on National Park Service land without a research permit is illegal. Please take only photos and memories. Goddard Youth Camp is located on the south side of Lake of the Arbuckles at 2964 Goddard
Youth Camp Rd. For more information about Goddard Youth Camp please visit the website www.goddardyouthcamp.org For more information about Chickasaw National Recreation Area, visit www.nps.gov/chic or call the Travertine Nature Center at (580) 622-7234.