Discover what was happening in your backyard -- and who was there -- during the Jurassic period!
Walk over prehistoric footprints, hear and feel dinosaur footsteps, and finally come face-to-face with some of the dinosaurs that made them. Engage your inner paleontologist and uncover clues about dinosaur behavior -- and the dinosaurs themselves -- from the fossil footprints they left behind right here in New England.
DinoTracks, which is presented in English, Spanish, and French, includes three life-size dinosaurs (Dilophosaurus, Coelophysis, and Stegosaurus), as well as the following hands-on exploratory activities:
- Practice tracking skills on a 15x20 foot photo reproduction of real track way discovered in Connecticut
- Walk over life-sized dinosaur prints and touch a real footprint found in a Holyoke, Massachusetts backyard
- Hear and feel the footsteps of a dinosaur when you sit on the Jurassic Park Bench
- Run as fast— or creep as slowly — as the dinosaurs did
- Discover how to “read” the stories in fossil tracks to measure a dinosaur’s speed, size and activity
- Put together a dinosaur puzzle. Can you keep it balanced over its feet?
- Find out how scientists today are using emus, turkeys and lizards to discover how dinosaurs really moved.
- And more!
Every Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Size yourself up to a dinosaur in these weekly interactive science activities. Free with museum admission.
DinoTracks was produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative, a group of mid-sized natural science and children’s museums organized by the EcoTarium. It is made possible by grants from Jane’s Trust and the Cabot Family Charitable Trust.
Signing about dinosaurs!
Students at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Mass, use American Sign Language to describe what they liked best about DinoTracks.