Thursday, July 14th is Paleontology Day at the children’s department of the Bryan Main Library. Kids of all ages are invited to join Paleontologist Jess from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for an evening of fossils and fun! Jess and her friends have planned prehistoric activities including Make Your Own Fossil, Fun with (life size) Fossil Footprints, and even a re-creation of a real Dino Dig! There will drawings for prizes, goodie bags with your own safari hat and shovel, and plenty of fun to be had, so bring your hiking boots for a prehistoric party!
Jess discovered paleontology at 9 years old and never looked back. She recently received her Bachelors of Science in Geology with a specialization in Paleobiology. Her junior year, she interned at the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum in Bowman North Dakota. There she learned how to excavate fossils from the field and prepare them in a lab.
She led tours for museum patrons into the Badlands and through dig sites, which sparked her interest in public education. Her senior year found her traveling to Arizona and New Mexico where she created geologic maps and studied trace fossils as her capstone course. She is most proud of her senior thesis, in which she created a digital database of fossil squid (Hey squid are cool too!) She hopes to continue her education and obtain a Master’s degree an eventually work for a natural history museum.
The Bryan Main Library is located at 107 East High Street. For more information on the program, please call Vickie Zippay at 419-636-6734 ext. 243.