THE HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE presents DINOSAURS, MOUNTAINS, AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE EARTH
Come join us as we explore classic geological sites in the Montana Rockies where you will:
- Learn how to reconstruct Earth's history via hands-on field experiences
- Discover the amazing power of plate tectonics and the links between plate tectonics and dinosaur paleoecology.
- Familiarize yourself with the incredible dinosaur record of Montana (it doesn't get any better)
- Experience the thrill and satisfaction of finding your own fossils from a dinosaur area
- Immerse yourself in the geological wonders of the natural world
An outdoor interactive learning and travel experience in Montana
Do you have an adventurous spirit? Do you enjoy learning through self-discovery guided by experts? Have you wanted to experience free-flowing natural history instruction while trekking through basins and the foothills of majestic mountain ranges? Would you like to take an overnight camping excursion to a classic dinosaur fossil collecting locality? If so, plan to join friends and patrons of the Houston Museum of Natural Science in taking advantage of this unique vacation educational opportunity.
The group will spend the first three days at the Indiana University Geologic Field Station located in an idyllic setting near the core of the Tobacco Root Mountains in southwestern Montana about 60 miles from Bozeman . This facility has been the summer home to over 6000 students, faculty, and research scientists since its construction began in 1949. It is considered by many to be one the finest facilities of its kind in the world, in part because of the remarkable diversity of its geological setting. The group will depart from the Field Station in mid-week to visit classic dinosaur localities in central Montana, returning to Bozeman on the last day to visit the famous Museum of the Rockies, one of the best dinosaur museums in the world.
The course outline can be viewed in the drop–down list to the right, or here (PDF).
Dr. Kristi Curry Rogers (Ph.D. 2001, Stony Brook University) is the Curator of Paleontology at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She is also Adjunct Professor in Geology at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. Kristi's dinosaur research began in Montana while she was an undergraduate at Montana State University, and today her studies span the globe. She is an expert on dinosaur growth and a specialist on the long-necked sauropod dinosaurs. Her work has been featured on PBS, the BBC and the Discovery Channel. She is one of a very few women who specialize in dinosaur paleontology.
Dr. Ray Rogers (Ph.D. 1995, University of Chicago) is the Chair of the Geology Department at Macalester College. He is also Adjunct Professor in Geology at the University of Minnesota, and a Research Associate of the Field Museum of Natural History and the Science Museum of Minnesota. He too began his dinosaur research in Montana while working on his M.S. degree at the University of Montana. He is an expert on how dinosaurs lived and died, and how they became fossils. His research on the nature of the dinosaur fossil record and dinosaur paleoecology has taken him around the world. His work has been featured on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and most recently in Scientific American.