Special Events & Workshops

SCFD Free Days 2024

SCFD logo with text, "We Fund Culture. SCFD"

March 15, April 12, September 13 & November 15

On these days, admission to the Main Visitor Center Exhibit Hall, is FREE to the public. No RSVP needed.

Come explore and ask questions – our docents love to share their dinosaur knowledge!

Everything Dinosaur
On the Rocks!

2024 Paleontology & Geology Lecture Series

Everything Dinosaurs on the Rocks is a lecture series filled with basic and local Colorado foothills geology and a literal ton of dinosaur knowledge all in one place! Join us in person OR online via Zoom for the entire series. Can’t attend during the morning? Not an issue! We record the sessions and will send you a link to the recording so you can watch on your own time.

Education Programs Director Erin LaCount will lead the paleontology-themed lectures, and Education, Collections, and Camp Coordinator Amanda Rea will lead the geology-themed lectures. Each lecture is 1.5 hours long.

Registration Bundle:  $65 (includes all 14 lectures; schedule/links provided via email after registration).
Individual Sessions: $5/session. Pick and choose the information you wish to glean (links provided after registration).

The in-person location for the lectures is the Dinosaur Martin G. Lockley Discovery Center, NOT the Main Visitor Center. The lectures take place in a downstairs classroom. If you would like to attend but foresee an accessibility concern, please contact us and we will move the lecture to an accessible room. The Martin G. Lockley Discovery Center is at Red Rocks Entrance #1, the first building on the right.
17681 W. Alameda Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

Online, the lectures will be made available in two ways: in-person will be via Zoom and a link will be provided for each lecture after registration. After the event date will be via Vimeo with a video link and password for access, and a link will be sent after registration.

(Allosaurus skull image provided by Morrison Natural History Museum)

Lectures & Schedule 

Lecture #1: Paleontology 101
Thursday, February 1 – 10:00am

Lecture #2: What IS a Dinosaur?
Thursday, February 8 – 10:00am

Lecture #3: Sauropods
Thursday, February 15 – 10:00am

Lecture #4: Theropods
Thursday, February 22 – 10:00am

Lecture #5: Stegosaurs
Thursday, February 29 – 10:00am

Lecture #6: Ankylosaurs
Thursday, March 7 – 10:00am

Lecture #7: Iguanodonts (Mostly)
Thursday, March 14 – 10:00am

Lecture #8: Hadrosaurs
Thursday, March 28 – 10:00am

Lecture #9: Pachycephalosaurs
Thursday, April 4 – 10:00am

Lecture #10: Ceratopsians
Thursday, April 11 – 10:00am

Lecture #11: Non-Dinosaur Archosaurs
Thursday April 18 – 10:00am

Lecture #12: Mammals
Thursday, April 25 – 10:00am

Lecture #13: Geology 101
Thursday, May 2 – 10:00am

Lecture #14: Local Colorado Geology
Thursday, May 9 – 10:00am

Dinosaur Ridge: Night at the Museum

picture of Allosaurus sign at Dinosaur Ridge

5-9 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2024

Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center & Morrison Natural History Museum

Enjoy free entry to the Exhibit Hall, and for $8, shuttle up the Ridge to view dinosaur tracks by flashlight as a tour guide talks about the animals that made the footprints 100 million years ago.

This event is part of Visit Denver’s annual Arts Week celebration and will include a shuttle service to and from the Morrison Natural History Museum throughout the evening! You can arrive at either the Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center or the Morrison Natural History Museum to start this event!

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