DINOSAUR CAMP IN TUMBLER RIDGE - READY TO GO IN SUMMER 2007!
For Immediate Release
Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Box 1348 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
Contact: Dr Charles Helm, Vice President – 250 242
May 19, 2007
The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation is entering its fifth year of presenting Dinosaur Camp. Summer students Tyler Shaw and Chelsea Dupuis will be leading these camps, starting July 5 and running through August 28.
Chelsea Dupuis and Tyler Shaw, Dinosaur Camp co-ordinators for 2007.
Photo credit: Tammy Pigeon.
The week-long camps run daily from Monday to Friday and cater to kids aged 8-13. In addition two-day Family Mini-camps will be held for kids aged 7-13 and their families. The Raptor Camp is for first-time registrants, while graduates can return for the second-tier Tyrannosaur Camp. This year for the second time there will also be a week-long camp in Hudson’s Hope. Registration is limited to thirteen campers per session. Registration costs are $170 per child ($70 for the mini-camps).
A quality experience is provided by having highly qualified students lead the camps, in a course designed by the Museum Foundation’s palaeontologists, who often accompany the campers on field trips if their schedule permits.
Tyler Shaw, from Lloydminster, graduated with Honours in Palaeontology this year at the University of Alberta. He says, “Dinosaur Camp is the kind of experience I would have loved to have gone to as a kid. Tumbler Ridge is developing a fine museum and I am looking forward to helping deliver these camps – kids will have a great time”.
Chelsea Dupuis is from Abbottsford, has completed her second year at UBC, majoring in Physical Geography, and has a special interest in biology and palaeontology. She has lots of experience working with kids and is excited about sharing her knowledge and creating a positive experience for campers.
Activities include field trips to dinosaur footprint sites and other fossil sites, identification and preparation of fossils (with take-home material), tours of the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, daily lectures and games regarding dinosaurs, other fossils, and famous palaeontologists, a dinosaur excavation exercise, an introduction to BC’s geology, rocks and minerals and much more.
Hundreds of kids have gone through Dino Camp and had a unique and wonderful summer experience, and Tumbler Ridge is the only place in B.C. where such camps are organized. Parents often have a great time enjoying the wonderful scenery and hiking trails that Tumbler Ridge has to offer, while their kids are in camp.