New “Paleontologists at Work” display -September 15, 2017
Did you know that paleontologists study more than just dinosaurs? They study all kinds of extinct life, from fish to flies to flowers! Come take a look at the newest permanent exhibit at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. This exhibit, titled “Paleontologists at Work,” puts you right where the action is, describing the many different ways paleontologists learn about the ancient past. You’ll learn what you need to know to become a paleontologists, the different kinds of work you’ll do, and the kinds of paleontology done in Utah.
Special thanks to the Utah Humanities Council for conducting the Museum Interpretation workshops that lead to the creation of this exhibit along with funding support. Additional thanks for funding goes to the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Utah Division of State History, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.
Grand Opening held for “Lake Dixie Discovery Trail” – May 7th, 2016
The newest exhibit at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm is the Lake Dixie Discovery Trail, an indoor boardwalk that takes visitors out over the original track surface to see our most spectacular tracks exactly as they were found. This large surface includes over 1200 tracks of dinosaurs and other animals as they roamed along the edge of ancient Lake Dixie. The Lake Dixie Discovery Trail nearly doubles the exhibit space in the museum, so if you have visited before, you’ll be sure to enjoy returning to experience this great new expansion!
We held the Grand Opening of the Lake Dixie Discovery Trail on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 as part of our annual Dino Day in Dixie celebration. Activities included making dinosaur masks, door prizes, and talking with real paleontologists about fossils. The Lake Dixie Discovery Trail was funded in part through grants from Utah Arts and Museums with funding from the State of Utah, as well as the Washington County Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) tax.
Grand Opening held for “Nature, Red in Tooth and Claw” – May 15th, 2015
The quote from Tennyson’s poem has come to refer to the survival of the fittest and this exhibit focuses on some of the unique features of teeth and claws throughout history. From the tusks of the saber-tooth tiger to those of a modern elephant, marvelous adaptations of teeth have been rampant through evolution. Similarly, claws range from the 3’ long daggers of the Therizinosaurus to those of your friendly house cat. With lots of display items and information, this will be a fun new display that shouldn’t be missed. The Grand Opening was free to the public and refreshments were served right after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This is also a great time to see all of the new improvements at the museum with the preparation lab renovations completed and the changes in lighting, funded in part by a grant from the Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah. This was held as part of the Dino Days in Dixie annual celebration. During the Dino Days in Dixie celebration, there were free handouts, coloring pages, mazes, and crossword puzzles. For more information, call 435-574-3466. This display will be shown through the rest of 2015.
Paleontologists at Work:Fossils in the Field and Lab – Oct. 2014-May 1, 2015
This new Special Display opened on National Fossil Day, Oct. 15, 2014. It shows the difficulties of work in the field during the discovery phase of fossil work as well as the cleaning and preparation of the samples once they reach the lab.This exhibit will remain at the site until Spring.
A new mural designed to show what the region would have looked like during the Early Jurassic was also officially introduced on National Fossil Day. This mural project was supported in part by a grant from the St. George Arts Commission with funding from the City of St. George.
Dino Days in Dixie – May 4-10, 2014
Dino Days in Dixie celebrated the new Protosuchus life restoration, the latest additions in the Dino Park which included a shade structure, embedded fossil bones, and new interactive areas supported in part by the Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah, as well as the back wall restoration.
Dr. Harris begins work on the teeth of the new Protosuchus
New restoration of Dimorphodon – October 10th, 2013
Bobbi Wan-kier, owner of Art ESCAPES 3D, her artists, and the staff of the Dinosaur Discovery Site Museum introduced the newest restoration that is now added to the museum’s collections. Sculptor Erric Wan-kier constructed a Dimorphodon, that is “flying” with other replicas and restorations currently highlighted in the Special Display “Lords of the Wings – the Pterosaurs.”
Dimorphodon in its early stages of construction
See the new Megapnosaurus restoration
Unveiled during Dino Days, May 2013, the restoration of Megapnosaurus is possibly one of the most accurate representations of this dinosaur to be found. Paleontologists Dr. Jerry Harris and Andrew Milner worked closely with sculptor Erric Wan-kier to produce this remarkable and life-like restoration. (Video of unveiling can be seen using YouTube link.)