Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pebble Pups and WIPS Fossil Kids Meet with Ian Miller at DMNS

Pebble Pups and Fossil Kids gather
The youth group (Pebble Pups) of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society  (CSMS), the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club, the Denver Pebble Pups, and the Fossil Kids from the Western Interior Paleontological Society had a special day on January 21, 2012 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. 

Dr. Ian Miller and Casey
The students had a special behind-the-scenes meeting with Dr. Ian Miller to see Snowy and other Snowmass Fossils that were discovered late in 2011.

A large group of Pebble Pups and WIPS Fossil Kids meet Dr. Miller and went behind-the-scenes to see the fossils that have been recovered so far from the Snowmass Project.

Geologist and teacher Betty Merchant was one of the an adult leaders for the day
Admission was free for all students and adult chaperones. After the morning session with Dr. Miller the Pups ate in the Atrium of the DMNS and either brought their lunch or bought it at the T.Rex cafe.

After lunch with  everyone the parents joined the young students to explore the Paleo Journey and the Hall of Minerals together.

Prehistoric Journey was a hit at the DMNS

This special day was organzied by Steven Veatch, chair of the CSMS Pebble Pups and the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club. Dennis Gertenbach was co-chair, and he is the leader of the Flatirons Gem and Mineral Club and the WIPS fossil kids.
The adult chaperones for the day are as follows:
1. Steven Veatch (paleontologist, professor with Emporia State Univversity)
2. Julie Shimon (biologist, CSMS co-chair)
3. Dr. Dennis Gertenbach
4. Betty Merchant (geologist)

Steven Veatch and Pebble Pups us the elevator to see dinosaurs

Pebble Pups examine a large quartz crystal
Everyone was very tired at the end of the day, but had a day to remember forever.  More joint field trips are planned.
Pebble Pups examine fossils

Casey receives a sample mammoth tusk to add to his collection

The USGS provided the mammoth tusk samples

Dr. Ian Miller working with the young paleontologists

 Video of Casey recounting some of the activies

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