Exploring The Dinosaurs Quarry...

August 14, 2017

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If you have little ones in the house, I'm sure you've gone through the dinosaur phase. My boys are currently hooked. They both love watching Dinosaur Train and reading various books about them. A perk to living in Southern California is that we have a few awesome museums nearby -- they both loved going to the La Brea Tar Pits and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Palentology during the last year! Over the last week, our family did a road trip up to Yellowstone and when I found the Dinosaur National Monument on the map, I knew we had to go!

To be honest, I had never heard of the Dinosaur National Monument, but I'm glad I found it while browsing Google Maps. It was the perfect addition to our trip and the boys had an amazing time checking it out! It's pretty surreal standing there next to a wall of rock that has dinosaur bones in it that were found long ago. I think it's amazing to think that bones found there have been shared to museums such as Carnegie and the Smithsonian. I never really put much thought into where they came from when we've visited those museums, but to stand there where they were initially discovered -- it's pretty awesome!

Since my son, Sam, has been wanting to create videos to put on YouTube, we made one about his experience at the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall. I decided if I can make this love for YouTube into a learning experience, then why not? Check out the video below to see Sam's take on his visit there. If you feel compelled, also leave a comment (on the YouTube page) for him to read later. It's cute how excited he gets about this stuff!

Please excuse my muffled voice. I'm not sure what happened when it uploaded to YouTube. It didn't sound like that on iMovie...

Sam hopes to go back again at some point. I guess we'll see what the future holds. For now, I saved the pamphlets we picked up while we were there and I plan to create some lesson plans to dig a little deeper into this study once school starts. It's perfect for both science and history!

For anyone reading, have you been here? If so, how'd you like it? Do you have any other recommendations for dinosaur lovers?

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