Friends of Dinosaur Ridge offer the public two very popular and informative programs. Learn more and sign-up today.
- Walk with a Geologist
- Educational Dinosaur Talks
Walk Dinosaur Ridge with a Geologist
Have you ever wondered about the geology behind the discoveries and fossils at Dinosaur Ridge?
Join a professional geologist for a tour of Dinosaur Ridge–a 2½-hour walk and discussion of the geology and changes of the Denver area through time. This walk is part of a series running through October and begins at the Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center, 16831 W. Alameda Parkway. You will be transported by van from the Visitor Center to the west side of Dinosaur Ridge for a 1½-mile walk back. The first quarter mile of the walk gains approximately 100 feet of elevation. The remaining 1¼ miles of the walk is downhill. These exclusive tours offer you private access to scientists who can give you insider secrets about all of the sites at Dinosaur Ridge.
Your tour leader will explain:
- the Precambrian–Fountain Formation unconformity located across the valley in Red Rocks Park;
- the missing rocks and life in between the Precambrian and the Pennsylvanian time;
- the dinosaur fossils and environment of formation of the Jurassic Morrison Formation;
- the volcanic ash bed in the Cretaceous Dakota Formation;
- why there are oil and gas deposits in the Denver Basin;
- the dinosaur track site that developed along a swamp section of the Cretaceous beach;
- the tidal channel and associated life along other stretches of that same beach;
- and finally, the Cretaceous interior seaway that extended across Colorado from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico
Your leader will use maps that show how North America and Colorado fit into a global pattern of movements with the assembly of the supercontinent Pangea that allowed world-wide migration of dinosaurs to our continental dispersal of today.
- Tour is suggested for ages 8 and over
- Maximum of 20 participants
- $15 for adults/$10 for kids 11 and under
- Tour may be called off for active precipitation, temps below 32 degrees, or lack of registrations.
Kermit Shields received his geology degrees and spent his professional career with Mobil Oil in a variety of production and exploration jobs in both domestic and international offices. After retiring, he became an active volunteer at both the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and at Dinosaur Ridge. He has been on the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge board of directors since 2006.
Bill Stone received bachelor and master of science degrees in geology and spent a career in the petroleum industry, exploring for and developing oil and gas reserves in the U.S. Bill began guiding tours at Dinosaur Ridge in 2018 and loves sharing its geological wonders with everyone.
The program is offered on most first Saturdays of the month at from 9-11:30 am, June-October. See full schedule below:
- Saturday, June 8 at 9 am (Register here)
- Saturday, July 6 at 9 am (Register here)
- Saturday, August 3 at 9 am (Register here)
- Saturday, September 7 at 9 am (Register here)
- Saturday, October 5 at 9 am (Register here)
FREE Educational Dinosaur Talks with Education Program Manager Erin LaCount
This 12-part free public lecture series is meant to introduce visitors and volunteers to the amazing world of dinosaurs! Dinosaur Ridge’s Education Manager, Erin LaCount, delivers fun and educational talks about paleontology all year long. Attend as many as you would like in any order. These talks are FREE and take place at our Discovery Center: 17681 W. Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks. RSVP to Erin if you plan to attend at Education@dinoridge.org. The program is offered weekly on Thursday mornings at 10 am or on the last Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30pm, January-December. See full schedule below:
- Wednesday, May 29 at 6 pm—Talk #5: Thyreophora Part 1 (Stegosaurs). This fifth talk focuses on a group of dinosaurs with spikes on the tail and plates along their backs—the stegosaurs.
- Wednesday, June 26 at 6 pm—Talk #6: Thyreophora Part 2 (Ankylosaurs). This sixth talk focuses on tank dinosaurs—the ankylosaurs.
- Wednesday, July 31 at 6 pm—Talk #7: Iguanodonts. This seventh talk focuses on thumb-spiked dinosaurs—the iguanodonts.
- Wednesday, August 28 at 6 pm—Talk #8: Hadrosaurs. This eighth talk focuses on the duck-billed dinosaurs—hadrosaurs.
- Wednesday, September 25 at 6 pm—Talk #9: Ceratopsians. This ninth talk focuses on the horned dinosaurs—ceratopsians.
- Wednesday, October 30 at 6 pm—Talk #10: Pachycephalosau
rs. This tenth talk focuses on the bone-head dinosaurs—pachycephalosau rs.
- Wednesday, November 27 at 6 pm—Talk #11: Archosaurs. This eleventh talk focuses on archosaurs, the crocodilians, pterosaurs, birds, and a bit on the dinosaurs.
- Wednesday, December 18 at 6 pm—Talk #12: Mammals. This twelfth and final talk focuses on prehistoric mammals.
SCFD Free & Reduced Days – 2019
On these days, admission to Trek Through Time, the Dinosaur Ridge exhibit hall, will be FREE to the public. We are also offering our guided bus tours at a reduced rate of $8 for adults and $6 for children.
- Saturday, May 18
- Saturday, August 17
- Saturday, November 16