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Paleontology Professional Development Workshop

Saturday, November 23, 2019

This half-day workshop will allow you to tap into your students' passion for dinosaurs and other fossils.

We'll provide you with ideas, resources and confidence to bring paleontology into your classroom.

In partnership with Earth Sciences at Carleton University.

Suggested for grade 4/elementary-cycle 2 teachers of Ontario and Quebec.


  • Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • 9:10 am – 12:30 pm
  • Doors open at 9 am
  • Cost: $30
  • Ticket includes general admission, which allows you to visit our permanent galleries and watch an ultra-high-definition movie.
  • This session will be delivered in English; the workshop will be offered in French in the future.
  • Take-home activities will be available in English and French.


The workshop has three main components:

1. Participate in a guided exploration of the Fossil Gallery to learn about fossils through time. Tour the Earth Gallery to investigate sedimentary processes. See how you can utilize these galleries with your students to teach them paleontology and geology.

2. Discover how paleontologists use fossil trackways to calculate the mass, stride length, and speed of the animal that made them. Make footprints in wet sand. See how tracks change according to what the animals were doing in life, and learn to imagine and create stories such as predator–prey encounters that can be told by making and interpreting trackways. Participants receive an activity guide and 3D-printed footprint stamps.

3. Learn about the Ordovician environment and the fossils common to this period, which can be easily found in the National Capital Region. Analyse and attempt identification of fossils, learn to think critically about the environment they lived in, and take fossils and an identification chart back to the classroom.

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