Virtual Field Trip to the Spring Mountains

Come join in as we explore and learn about the Spring Mountains which tower over the west side of the Las Vegas Valley. This mountain getaway is often relief from the summer Mojave temperatures, or some fun winter snow play! With a 500-million-year-old history preserved, the rocks record a timeline of the changing life, environment, and geology of the region. We will be examining some rocks, fossils, plants, and maybe some wildlife will make an appearance. Bring your questions for our scientists.

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Virtual Field Trip: Dinosaurs of Nevada Eureka, NV

Come along with paleontologists Dr. Josh Bonde and Becky Hall as they bring you virtually to the Cretaceous of Nevada! Within the hills surrounding the small historic mining town of Eureka, fossils of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals are being discovered! They have discovered armored dinosaurs, sauropods, iguanodons, and raptors. They currently have on-going excavations that will likely expand this list! Join in as they share the stories of discovery along with the science of the Age of Dinosaurs in Nevada. Have your field paleontology questions for them.

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Virtual Field Trip: Valley of Fire State Park

Come join the Nevada Science Center as we explore Valley of Fire State Park with Ranger Kayla. In this virtual adventure, we will learn about Nevada’s oldest and largest State Park right outside the busy Las Vegas lights. In the contrasting bright red rocks of this park you will learn about the stories of archaeology and geology which records the life of the region over millions of years. Ask questions to Ranger Kayla and paleontologists conducting research in the Park.

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Virtual Field Trip: Ice Age Fossils State Park

Come join the Nevada Science Center as we catch up with Ranger Dawn from one of Nevada's newest state parks, Ice Age Fossils State Park. Located on the north end of the Las Vegas Valley, it is rich in both paleontological and archaeological resources. The park facilities are currently under construction but Ranger Dawn is going to bring you behind the scenes where the fossils are currently housed. Come along as we learn about the prehistoric mammals like Columbian mammoths, American lions, and dire wolves that once roamed the area. Make sure to bring your questions to ask Ranger Dawn!

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Virtual Field Trip: Digitizing the Past

Dr. Bernard K. Means is the director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He partners with museums all over the United States and one in far north India to 3-D scan and 3-D print ancient artifacts, fossils of dinosaurs and Ice Age animals, along with historic items from all major periods in American history. He will give a tour of the Virtual Curation Laboratory and show highlights of 3-D printed replicas created through his team of undergraduate students.

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W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum with curator Garrett Barmore

Join curator Garrett Barmore from the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum on the campus of the University of Nevada-Reno, as he explores and shares the collection of minerals, fossils, rocks, and mining history of the 113-year-old museum. Garrett will show students how museum professionals care for thousands of objects by sharing stories, […]

Virtual Kick -Off to Reading Week

Join paleontologists Dr. Josh Bonde and Becky Hall from their Lab in Henderson, Nevada where they research fossils from across the State of Nevada. They will both be talking about how reading is an important part of how they became paleontologist, and how reading is vital component of their careers. They will also be sharing […]

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VFT: Nevada’s Molten Past: Volcanos, Rocks, and Minerals around the State Come join the Nevada Science Center Team as they visit one of Nevada’s prehistoric volcanos that can be seen throughout Nevada. Nevada’s complex geologic past was explosive millions of years ago, and remnants left behind from these volcanos are still visible today. From old […]

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VFT: Tracking Careers in Paleontology Join the Nevada Science Center as they explore careers in paleontology while also exploring the ecological history of Nevada. Presented in conjunction with PaleoWest Consultants, Dr. Josh Bonde and Becky Hall will discuss the different career paths in paleontology. They will be discussing what life was like in the Miocene […]

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VFT: Passport to Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada with Ranger Dawn Ranger Dawn has been the Park Interpreter for Eastern Nevada State Parks for almost 12 years. Cathedral Gorge State Park in Lincoln County is one of the first four state parks in Nevada. Its uniqueness prompted it to be held as public land in […]

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VFT: Trekking across the Triassic: The fossils and life in Nevada 240 million years ago! Come join paleontologists from the outcrops of Triassic exposures in Southern Nevada. Before the Age of Dinosaurs and “Jurassic Park”, Nevada had some odd prehistoric animals roaming the tidal flats in Southern Nevada, while in Central Nevada, some of the […]

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VFT: Gilcrease Orchard: Farming in Las Vegas Tune in virtually as we meet up with Mark at Gilcrease Orchards! On the outskirts of Las Vegas, the Gilcrease Family Farm has been providing for the community for over 90 years! The unique geology where the farm sits upon, has natural artesian springs that created a desert […]