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!
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.