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School Vacation Week Programs at Dinosaur State Park

By Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEEP)

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Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will sponsor a series of programs for families during February school vacation week.

School vacation programs include:

· View a Film: Three different films are shown throughout each day with seven show times beginning at 10:00 a.m. Last showing begins at 3:30 p.m. The noon film will be Evolution with Bill Nye.

· Make a craft: A craft area will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to make a DNA bracelet to take home. The DNA bracelet replicates a segment of DNA from different animals using multi-colored beads.

· Meet the park’s animals. There will be animal demonstrations daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

· Track Talks will be held daily at 11:30 a.m. A staff member will answer questions about the tracks and discuss what Connecticut was like in the early Jurassic period.

Special Program

A Place Called Hope, a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, will present a live raptor program featuring a red-tailed hawk, a broad winged hawk, a great horned owl and an eastern screech owl. This program will be held on Thursday February 21th at 1 p.m. Join us to learn more about the living descendants of the theropod dinosaurs. Seating is limited to 100. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show.


Dinosaur State Park is located on 400 West Street in Rocky Hill. Visitors can view 600 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints under the dome along with museum exhibits. The park has a Discovery room that features a small live animal collection, coloring and book-mark making stations, puzzles, puppets and fossil and mineral collections that visitors can touch and examine. There are 2 ½ miles of outdoor hiking trails. The park also has a bookshop that has a wide variety of unique items for sale.


All special programs are included with your admission. Adults (13 and up) are $6, Youth (6-12) are $2 and children under 6 are free. The park accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Charter Oak Passes are available for seniors (65 and over) who are Connecticut residents. Picture ID must be presented to acquire a pass.

For more information, please call the park at (860) 529-5816 or visit

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