The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation?s dinosaur footprint tours are set to resume in the next few weeks, and will continue through the summer. Amy Cameron will be the lead tour guide for this educational program for 2007. She has just returned from six months in New Zealand, where she worked and travelled. This gave her good exposure to the needs of tourists. Amy takes the place of Jen Becker, who led the tours for the past three years. Jen has now graduated from university and is entering a more permanent career.
Amy will spend her first few weeks increasing her palaeontological knowledge under the tutelage of TRMF palaeontologists Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley, and then will travel the Peace Region promoting awareness of this opportunity for residents and visitors. She loves working with people (especially kids), meeting new people, hiking and the outdoors, and learning something new, especially in the science field ? all qualities that obviously suit her for this position. She has known Tumbler Ridge since childhood and has already visited the track-sites on many occasions in the past. In the long term she is looking at a career in the media. She hopes to be able to return in future summers to this student tour guide position with the TRMF. Amy will be accompanied on the tours by TRMF assistants and volunteers.
There are currently two tour destinations: Cabin Pool on Flatbed Creek (two sites) and the Wolverine River. The latter is the scene of the famous lantern tours, in which the shallow footprints come alive at night in the low angled lantern light. The Cabin Pool tour is 4 km long, the Wolverine tour 1 km long. Tours will typically depart at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 10 p.m., although the lantern tours leave earlier in late summer. Maximum group size: 12 persons. Special arrangements are made for larger school groups. This year a fascinating third site (discovered in 2006) will be opened once the scientific research has been completed there.
Enquiries may be directed to 242 3466 or 242 3123. Bookings need to be made through the Visitor Information Centre: 242 3123. Tours begin at the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery.