Twenty-one girls and boys, ages eight through thirteen, spent three days exploring the sciences of geology and paleontology at the park’s Junior Ranger Paleo Camp last week.
The campers excavated for fossils, created plaster jackets for the fossils they found, and learned how to extract fossils from plaster jackets using dental picks and brushes. The park’s summer paleo crew and interpretive rangers provided a variety of activities for the campers – creation of trace fossils, bone comparisons using fossils and modern bones, examination of owl pellets, fossil relay races and geology games, instruction in using a compass and GPS unit, and the recreation of the Bonneville flood.
The three day camp ended with the presentation of Junior Ranger badges and certificates to the campers. Family and friends joined the campers and staff in celebration of the successful third annual Hagerman Fossil Beds NM Junior Ranger Paleo Camp.