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Fossil fest of iowa

Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project

“Bringing DINOSAURS to Iowa”

The 1st Annual Fossil Fest of Iowa is a Great Success!


The 1st Annual Fossil Fest of Iowa at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, October 24, 2009 is a great success with over 300 people in attendance!  Details related to the event can be found below.  Click here to see many pictures of the event on MobileMe Gallery complements of

EIPP Director Jim Preslicka.  Click here for even more pictures of the event on flickr complements of EIPP Vice President Dave Brenzel.



Join us for the 1st Annual…



Washington High School
Cedar Rapids

Saturday, October 24, 2009
9:30am – 4:30pm


Theme:  “Fossil Treasures from the Age of Dinosaurs” 











The 1st Annual Fossil Fest of Iowa is free and open to the general public.  Learn from area amateur paleontologists speaking about dinosaurs, giant ground sloths and other Iowa fossils during talks at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.  At 3pm, Mike Henderson, Curator of Earth Sciences at the Burpee Museum in Rockford, IL, will give our keynote talk titled “Jurassic Jackpots: Burpee Museum’s Dinosaur Discoveries from Montana & Utah.”  His talk will highlight the Burpee’s dinosaur fossil finds from Montana including “Jane” (juvenile T. rex) and “Homer” (juvenile Triceratops); and their HUGE Jurassic bone bed in Utah!  Door prizes will be awarded at the beginning of each talk (must be present to win).


See full-size replicas of a T. rex skull and Allosaurus skull!  Touch fossil bones of “Laura the Kid Dinosaur.”  Other displays will focus on the Tarkio Valley Sloth Project, White River Badlands mammals, and Devonian fossils from Eastern Iowa.  Visit science-related vendors and enjoy large wooden dinosaur sculptures and many activities for children.

DIRECTIONS:  The high school is two blocks east of 1st Ave in Cedar Rapids on Cottage Grove Ave SE at the intersection with Forest Dr SE.  If you’re traveling on I-380, take the 7th St Exit in downtown Cedar Rapids.  Follow 7th St for two blocks south and turn left onto 1st Ave.  After 14 blocks (just after the intersection with 20th St), take a right on Cottage Grove Ave SE.  Washington High School is two blocks down on the left.  At the high school, park in either parking lot and follow the signs to the cafeteria.  You can arrive and leave at any time, but we hope you’ll stay the whole day!

CONTACT INFORMATION:  If you have further questions about this event, click here to contact us.  We are still looking for additional financial sponsors, as well as help with publicity and help during the day of the event.  If you have any suggestions or are able to help out, please contact Don using the contact information above.


SPONSORS:  This event is sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project, the Connections Natural History Speaker Series, Fairfield Fossil Exchange, the Cedar Valley Rocks & Minerals Society, the Mid-America Paleontology Society, the Science Station, and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History.


EVENT AGENDA BELOW (subject to change):




10:00am    TALK:  “Dinosaur Predator! Dinosaur Prey!” by Don Johnson


11:00am    TALK:  “Devonian Fossil Gorge — Déjà vu all over again”

                                   by Jim Preslicka


12:00pm    LUNCH BREAK — displays and children’s activities continue...


1:00pm      TALK:  “Tarkio Valley Sloth Project: Ice Age Animals in

                                   Your Backyard” by Dave Brenzel


2:00pm      TALK:  “Track’em Down and Dig’em Up — Dinosaur Discoveries

                                   in Alberta” by Bill Desmarais


3:00pm      KEYNOTE SPEAKER: “Jurassic Jackpots: Burpee Museum’s

                                   Dinosaur Discoveries” by Mike Henderson


4:30pm      DOORS CLOSED


NOTE:  We are not responsible for accidents, and children must be accompanied by an adult.


Replica skull of “Jane, the Juvenile T. rex” — learn more about “Jane” at Fossil Fest’s keynote talk “Jurassic Jackpots: Burpee Museum’s Dinosaur Discoveries” by Mike Henderson, Curator of Earth Sciences at the Burpee Museum in Rockford, IL.