Northern Lights College and the Tumbler Ridge Museum
Foundation (TRMF) are pleased to announce the arrival of
Marisa Gilbert, coordinator of the six-week summer "Dino
Camp" program in Tumbler Ridge, BC.
Marisa, a student of palaeontology at the University of Alberta,
was highly recommended for the 14-week coordinator position
and her duties include developing the camp curriculum, securing
the materials and equipment and delivering the program to 60
children, aged 7 through 12. The dinosaur theme camp - a joint
pilot project between Northern Lights College and the TRMF
- is a 5-day format, operating for six weeks during July and
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Marisa attended all-French
schools and studied German on Saturdays for nine years, making
her fluent in three languages. After two years in the University
of Ottawa’s General Sciences program, she transferred
to the University of Alberta in Edmonton and studied for
two years in the undergraduate palaeontology degree program.
is currently working toward post-grad studies in vertebrate
Carolyn Golightly - Continuing Education coordinator for
Northern Lights College and the President of the TRMF – was responsible
for finding the camp coordinator. "We knew we had to have
someone with the education and expertise to deliver a quality
program, yet someone youthful and enthusiastic, who could relate
well to kids. I knew from the first phone conversation with
Marisa that she was the one."
Marisa arrived in Tumbler Ridge on May 17 and immediately "fell
in love. I was in awe…it was so beautiful. I’ve
only explored a little of the area and I’m looking forward
to the prospect of getting out in the field." To date,
Marisa’s work experience has consisted primarily of excavations
and fieldwork, and she welcomes this new opportunity to diversify
her skills and share her passion for science with the children
who enroll in Dino camp.
I want to inspire the kids to want to understand the earth’s
history and how fossils and geology can be valuable clues to
the past. I hope to instill an appreciation for geology, biology
and palaeontology but most of all I hope to have fun and share
this great experience with them."
Only 60 placements are available for Dino camps this summer.
To enroll your child, or to read about the program, visit
www.nlc.bc.ca or call 250-242-5591.
Carolyn Golightly, left, and Marisa Gilbert, Dino Camp
begin work on program development from Marisa’s office in the Tumbler Ridge campus.