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Dinotour 2012 offers unique peek at Alberta dinosaur sites

Four-day trip to be guided by leading Alberta palaeontologists

 June 29 to July 2, 2012

A once-in-a-lifetime family adventure is being offered in summer 2012 by the Dinosaur Research Institute. The four-day expedition will take guests to more than a dozen dinosaur museums and fossil sites throughout southern Alberta.

The trip will be led by Dr. Philip Currie, one of the world’s leading dinosaur palaeontologists, his palynologist wife Dr. Eva Koppelhus, and Dr. David Evans of the Royal Ontario Museum. As summer dinosaur excavation plans are confirmed other palaeontologists including Dr. Jason Anderson, Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Dr. Michael Ryan of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History may participate in Dinotour 2012 and show their current exploration sites to participants.

The four-day expedition, June 29 to July 2, 2012, will be restricted to one small group, ensuring plenty of time for questions and discussions with Dr. Currie and his colleagues. Presentations will be made while travelling on-bus between sites, as well as at each site being visited.

Expedition participants will: 

Ø  Learn about the dinosaurs of Alberta

Ø  Explore a dinosaur quarry

Ø  Hike and tour various sites in Dinosaur Provincial Park and Drumheller areas

Ø  Tour the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Field Station at Dinosaur Provincial Park

Ø  Tour Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Ø  Additional fossil sites near Medicine Hat and Lethbridge may be added as summer exploration plans are confirmed


Tour includes:

 Ø  Guided tour including bus transportation to-and-from Calgary

Ø  Three nights’ accommodation (double occupancy) and all meals

Ø  Admission to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and Dinosaur Provincial Park Field Station as well as Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Ø  Guidebook, DRI hat and ‘goodie’ bag

Ø  Charitable tax donation receipt for a portion of the fees

Proceeds generated from this tour will support the work of the Dinosaur Research Institute, a non-profit charitable organization that finances dinosaur research in Alberta and around the globe.

The cost of Dinotour 2012 is $1295 for adults and $895 for children of which a portion is tax deductible. This includes all transportation, entry fees, accommodation and meals – a very reasonable cost for four days exploration of dinosaur sites in southern Alberta with leading palaeontologists.

 Dr. Philip Currie is a professor in Biological Sciences (Dinosaur Palaeobiology) at the University of Alberta.  He was formerly curator of dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum for over 20 years. Dr. Currie was awarded the Michael Smith award in the fall of 2004 in recognition of his contribution to science promotion.  His work has been published in National Geographic Magazine, featured on the Discovery Channel and many scientific journals throughout the world.

 Dr. Eva Koppelhus is a research associate at the Dept. of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta.  She was formerly a post-doc and an adjunct research scientist at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.  Dr. Koppelhus, educated at the University of Copenhagen, worked for more than a decade at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland where her research focused on floras of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous geological periods. 

 Drs. Currie and Koppelhus have written papers and children’s books and participated in many expeditions to remote corners of Antarctica, China, Mongolia and Patagonia.

Click here for a printable Registration Form

or for more information:

Al Rasmuson
Dinosaur Research Institute
Tel: 403 861-0532
email:  al.bearpaw@shaw.ca


Photos from previous years tour:
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Bus Ride Hike Dig Site Fossils Explore Fun times



What others thought:

Here is my testimonial,
We were not sure what to expect when we brought our 3 kids on the Dinotour.  36C and long days of hiking could be tough!  But we found it interesting and fun for our kids, and just an unforgettable experience for my husband and I.  We found Phil and Eva and the students to be great teachers and good company.  The learning experience of just what a tremendous resource we have hidden away in Alberta was huge.  I really enjoyed the special touches of great food, a soft bed at night, and having a cool swim at the end of a few of those long hiking days was great.  Our kids were impressed with the surface prospecting, and they all found various fossils constantly, making for a great learning opportunity and a hike that was never boring (still hot, though!). 
We would recommend this tour highly, for both adults and kids.  I learned a great deal, and we were lucky enough to be taught by Phil and Eva, two people who obviously are very passionate about what they do.

K. S. 

Dear Dinotour,
My 6 year old son Ciaran and I really enjoyed your tour this year!  It was without question, one of the best adventures a family or in our case, a father and son could take together.

I found Phil to be extremely patient with the numerous children, teenagers and adults on the trip and highly knowledgeable in both the dinosaurs but the history of the various places we were taken to. 

The Dinotour staff and Phil's palaeontological team were amazing and very accommodating. The food was always well planned and the hotel venues perfectly chosen. It really felt like an effortless 4 days of discovery!

We were particularly impressed with the family atmosphere and the warmness expressed by family and non-family members alike.

Of course the dinosaurs where out of this world.  We still marvel at the sheer amount of fossilized remains just waiting to be discovered!

The trip was one of the best ever taken!  We plan to return soon with our youngest son, so that he might experience the same thrilling adventures.  It was well worth it!

Many thanks and we hope to see everybody again!

M & C  C. 

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