Dinosaur Hunting In Alberta

[twitter]Most kids will be getting amped up for the release of Jurassic World on June 12 because dinosaurs. Kids + Dinosaurs = Win. It’s axiomatic.

My boys have extra reason to get excited about Jurassic World: they live in Alberta, home to some of the richest dinosaur fossil fields in the world.

In fact, Dinosaur Provincial Park is home to more Cretaceous period artifacts than anywhere on earth making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cretaceous period was immediately following the Jurassic period. Last year when we went on our camping trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park, the boys brought along their dino costumes and we tried to answer why the dinosaurs died.

Actually, bringing along dino costumes is par for the course with my two. Just before Halloween one year, we headed out to Drumheller, Alberta with the outfits in tow. Drumheller is home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum which boasts more than 130 000 fossils. They made headlines this week after unveiling a triceratops family skull they have dubbed Hellboy (not pictured above ;)).

Fossils are so ubiquitous in our province that you can even find them in the cities as one man discovered when he went to renovate his basement and stumbled upon a 60M year old fish.

Everywhere you look in Alberta, fossils could be lurking. It’s easy to tell which is a fossil and which is rock by using the lick test. Your finger will kind of stick to the porous fossil if it’s legit, it will pull easily off a rock. So it’s lick, stone. Lick, stone. Lick, bone!

This week, Zacharie and Charlie have been thumbing through the books from #TeamJurassic Giveaway Number 1 to investigate the locals. From Albertosaurus to Edmontosaurus, not only are there unique dinosaurs to our area, but they also boast our place names!

#TeamJurassic book

Got kids excited about dinosaurs and the release of #JurassicWorld? You should bring them to Alberta for summer vacation to look for the real thing! And here are some awesome cartoon videos to help them learn more about all the dinosaurs.

While they’re here, they’ll need to dress the part. My #TeamJurassic Contest #2 will outfit your kids for dinosaur hunting.

#TeamJurassic Shirt Hat Bag

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One (1) Winner Receives:
Jurassic World T-Shirt (colors vary), Jurassic World Backpack, Jurassic World Hat, and a Jurassic World Keychain

Prize pack valued at $50. Prizing and samples courtesy of Universal Pictures. Contest open to US and Canadian addresses only. Prize must be accepted as awarded by agents of Universal Pictures. Void where prohibited.


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Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.  Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure based on characters created by Michael Crichton.  The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Trevorrow, and the story is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015. Rated PG-13.

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  1. beth June 4, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Triceratops is their favorite, not sure why as I am t-rex girl myself.

  2. Heather S June 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    My kiddos favorite is the brontosaurus!

  3. Amanda Whitley June 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    my kids love the t-rex!

  4. Shane June 7, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    T. rex for sure!

  5. Jenness M June 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    My son loves his t-rex!

  6. Jessica To June 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    My son said his favorite is the triceratops.

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