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School Vacation Week Programs at Dinosaur State Park

By Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

The Wild Inside – December 26 – 29th and 31st

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Although it may be cold outside, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill will sponsor “The Wild Inside,” a series of programs for families during December’s school vacation week.

They include:
Daily from December 26 (Thursday-Sunday) and 31st (Tuesday)
(Closed Monday)

Naturalist programs at 11:00 am, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.
Park staff will present a “Track Talk” or an Animal Demonstration

Crafts at 11:30 am – 3 pm
Visitors will be able to make a craft to take home

Films at – 10:00, 10:30, noon, 1:30, 2:00, 3:00 and 3:30 (film schedule will be adjusted on the 27th to accommodate our special live animal program).

Friday, December 27th at 1:00 p.m.

Live Bird Show presented by “A Place Called Hope.” Join us to meet the living descendants of the mighty dinosaurs. The show will feature a number of live hawks and owls. Space is limited to 100 visitors. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the show. This 45- minute show is recommended for ages 5 and older.

These special programs are made possible through the sponsorship of the Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum (FDPA).

Dinosaur State Park is open all year, has over 500 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints on display along with a series of related exhibits, a 100-seat theater, a Discovery room, a bookstore that features many unique titles, toys and jewelry and 2 ½ miles of hiking trails.

The Discovery Room underwent a complete renovation last March and now includes a Connecticut Rock and Mineral display, an interactive geologic map, dozens of pull & learn drawers with hundreds of fossil, rock and mineral specimens, a skull display, a bird sound station and more.

The park is located 1 mile east of I-91, off Exit 23. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 9:00 am -- 4:30 pm. The outdoor trails and bookshop close at 4:00 pm. The museum is closed Mondays and the park will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. There is a $6 admission fee for ages 13 and up, $2 for youth 6-12 and children 5 and under are free.

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