From April through October 2015, a variety of special events and projects will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Dinosaur National Monument. Individuals and organizations are invited to share how they think the Dinosaur Centennial could be celebrated and how they might like to be involved. The Dinosaur Centennial Partner Invitation form is available on-line at www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/dino100.htmor by request at (435) 781-7700. The submission deadline has been extended to March 6, 2015.
“We have been pleased with the community response so far and hope to gather a few more ideas before finalizing and sharing the official schedule of Dinosaur Centennial events,” says Monument Superintendent Mark Foust. Festivities will kick off with National Park Week in the third week of April and run through National Fossil Day in mid-October. “Each month’s activities will highlight a different reason Dinosaur National Monument remains an important place for scientists, history buffs, adventure seekers, nature lovers, artists and more.” Ranger and Volunteer-led programs at the monument will include talks, hikes, evening programs and Junior Ranger activities. The actual anniversary on October 4 will be celebrated all weekend with special activities, an employee reunion, and cake.
So far, community-led Dinosaur Centennial Partners events in Vernal, Utah include a lecture at the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum in May, a series of films shown for Documentary Nights at the Uintah County Library from May through September, and an art show at the Uintah County Heritage Museum from September 8 through October 5. The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, based out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, will introduce a crew of young workers to outdoor based jobs within the monument in June. A Dinosaur Centennial float will be featured in the 4th of July parade in Vernal, Utah and the Labor Day parade in Rangely, Colorado. Additional events are in the planning process, and more ideas are welcome.
For more information about the Dinosaur Centennial, including a draft schedule and list of monthly topics, visit the park website or contact Sonya Popelka at (435) 781-7701 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Dinosaur National Monument in general, call (435) 781-7700, visit us on the web atwww.nps.gov/dino, or follow DinosaurNPS on facebook or twitter.