Dinosaur Ridge offers popular and informative programs to the public. Learn more and sign-up today.
- Everything Dinosaur Talks
- Walk with a Geologist Series
- Dinosaur Ridge After Dark Series
- SCFD Free & Reduced Days
- Dinosaur Ridge: Night at the Museum (Date COMING SOON!)
- Dino Ridge Science Quiz Bowl (Date COMING SOON!)
Walk Dinosaur Ridge with a Geologist
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. This tour is designed for participants aged 16 and up, with a maximum of 9 individuals. At this time, all participants must wear a mask (available for purchase in our gift shop).
Tour may be called for weather-related concerns or lack of registration.
- June 6 – REGISTER
- June 20 – REGISTER
- July 4 – REGISTER
- July 18 – REGISTER
- August 1 – REGISTER
- August 15 – REGISTER
- September 5 – REGISTER
- September 19 – REGISTER
- October 3 – REGISTER
- October 17 – REGISTER
Everything Dinosaur Talks
This 12-part public lecture series is meant to introduce visitors and volunteers to the amazing world of dinosaurs! Dinosaur Ridge’s Education Programs Director, Erin LaCount, delivers fun and educational talks about paleontology all year long. Attend as many as you would like in any order.
Location: Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center
17681 W Alameda Pkwy, Golden, CO 80401, USA
Please note talks are contingent on 4 or more registrations.
September 3 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #1
Talk #1: Paleontology 101 — This first talk is about the history of dinosaur paleontology (including the Bone Wars).
September 10 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #2
Talk #2: What IS a Dinosaur? — This second talk covers what dinosaurs are and how they fit in the animal family tree. This also covers what are NOT dinosaurs.
September 17 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #3
Talk #3: Sauropods — This third talk focuses on long-necked dinosaurs, the sauropods!
September 24 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #4
Talk #4: Theropods — This fourth talk focuses on meat-eating dinosaurs – the theropods.
October 8 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #5
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.
October 15 | 10-11:30am | Register #6
Talk #6: Thyreophora Part 2 (Ankylosaurs) — This sixth talk focuses on tank dinosaurs—the ankylosaurs.
October 22 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #7
Talk #7: Iguanodonts — This seventh talk focuses on thumb-spiked dinosaurs—the iguanodonts.
October 29 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #8
Talk #8: Hadrosaurs — This eighth talk focuses on the duck-billed dinosaurs—hadrosaurs.
November 5 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #9
Talk #9: Ceratopsians — This ninth talk focuses on the horned dinosaurs—ceratopsians.
November 12 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #10
Talk #10: Pachycephalosaurs — This tenth talk focuses on the bone-head dinosaurs—pachycephalosaurs.
November 19 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #11
Talk #11: Archosaurs — This eleventh talk focuses on archosaurs, the crocodilians, pterosaurs, birds, and a bit on the dinosaurs.
December 3 | 10-11:30am | Register Talk #12
Talk #12: Mammals — This twelfth and final talk focuses on prehistoric mammals.
Dinosaur Ridge After Dark Series
Dinosaur Ridge After Dark events are educational and social events tailored to an adult audience. Participants will learn more about paleontology and geology in a relaxed environment. Themes for 2020 After Dark events are coming soon. Stay tuned.
Thursday, February 13 – Salacious in the Cretaceous
Thursday, August 6
Thursday, December 10
SCFD Free & Reduced Days
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.
Sunday, May 31 | Wednesday, August 26 | Saturday, November 21
Dinosaur Ridge: Night at the Museum
Saturday, November 7 | 4:00pm-9:00pm
Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center
Attendees brought flashlights and headlamps to enjoy and explore Dinosaur Ridge Trail at night. Our busses shuttled attendees up the Ridge to view dinosaur tracks. Registration coming soon!