Friends of Dinosaur Ridge offer the public two very popular and informative programs. Learn more and sign-up today.
- Walk with a Geologist Series
- Educational Dinosaur Talks
- Dinosaur Ridge After Dark
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 16+
- Maximum of 20 participants
- $15 for adults (16+)
- 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, 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 the full schedule below:
Talk #1: Paleontology 101 This first talk is about the history of dinosaur paleontology (including the Bone Wars).
Monday, September 16 at 10 am
Talk #2: What IS a Dinosaur? This second talk covers what dinosaurs are and how they fit in the animal family tree.
Monday, September 23 at 10 am
Talk #3: Sauropods. This third talk focuses on long-necked dinosaurs, the sauropods!
Monday, September 30 at 10 am
Talk #4: Theropods. This fourth talk focuses on meat-eating dinosaurs – the theropods.
Monday, October 7 at 10 am
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.
Monday, October 14 at 10 am
Talk #6: Thyreophora Part 2 (Ankylosaurs). This sixth talk focuses on tank dinosaurs—the ankylosaurs.
Monday, October 21 at 10 am
Talk #7: Iguanodonts. This seventh talk focuses on thumb-spiked dinosaurs—the iguanodonts.
Wednesday, July 31 at 6 pm
Monday, October 28 at 10 am
Talk #8: Hadrosaurs. This eighth talk focuses on the duck-billed dinosaurs—hadrosaurs.
Wednesday, August 28 at 6 pm
Monday, November 4 at 10 am
Talk #9: Ceratopsians. This ninth talk focuses on the horned dinosaurs—ceratopsians.
Wednesday, September 25 at 6 pm
Monday, November 11 at 10 am
Talk #10: Pachycephalosau
Wednesday, October 30 at 6 pm
Monday, November 18 at 10 am
Talk #11: Archosaurs. This eleventh talk focuses on archosaurs, the crocodilians, pterosaurs, birds, and a bit on the dinosaurs.
Monday, November 25 at 10 am
Wednesday, November 27 at 6 pm
Talk #12: Mammals. This twelfth and final talk focuses on prehistoric mammals.
Monday, December 2 at 10 am
Wednesday, December 18 at 6 pm
Dinosaur Ridge After Dark: Molding & Casting with Chocolate
Wednesday, July 10 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Main Visitor Center
We kicked off this new series with chocolate. Yes, you read that correctly…chocolate. The evening started with an exploration of our Trek Through Time exhibit hall and flowed into a discussion and introduction of molds and casts. Attendees learned about the molding and casting process before trying their hands with chocolate molds. Instructors were on-site to explain and showcase the molding process. Attendees took their chocolate molds (white, dark, and milk) home with them…if they weren’t devoured at the event. This event was an 18+ event and registration was required ($15 member, $20 nonmember). Keep your eye out for future After Dark events.
*Fare Trade Chocolate
Questions? Contact Kat Rivers.
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