The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation (TRMF) dinosaur footprint tours and camps are starting in earnest now that school is out. This year the TRMF has attracted an outstanding bunch of local students to act as guides for these tours and as hosts for the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery.
Dinosaur Footprint Tours lead to the Cabin Pool site by day, where dozens of tracks can be identified, and across the creek when water levels are low to the site of the original dinosaur trackway discovery by two local boys in 2000. At night, guides take visitors by lantern light to the Wolverine River site, where the controlled low-angle light allows many well preserved footprints and dinosaur skin impressions to appear. Tumbler Ridge is the only place in Canada where such lantern tours can be enjoyed. Tiffany Hetenyi, assisted by Amanda Blunden and Caitlyn McWhirter, will conduct this year?s tours. To book a tour, call the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre at 250 242 3123.
The ever popular Dinosaur Camp and Northern Wilderness Camp for kids aged 8-13 have resumed, led this year by Lindsey Nydegger and Samantha Wilde. These camps, ranging from two-day family camps to week-long camps, are filling up rapidly but still have a few vacancies – call 250 242 3466 for details or visit the TRMF website: www.tumblerridgemuseum.com . The Dinosaur Camp experience is the only one of its kind in the province, and includes field trips and field work, as well as classroom activities, which this year will be run out of the TRMF?s new space in the old Claude Galibois School. Northern Wilderness Camp makes use of the fantastic Tumbler Ridge trail system to introduce students to various aspects of natural history.
TRMF has teamed up with the regional Library Association and its summer reading program, with some spots on Dinosaur Camp reserved for successful graduates from this program, guaranteeing enthusiastic campers. Michele Burton, Librarian Representative on the North East Library Federation, commented: ?This is wonderful, giving kids this dinosaur experience as a reward for what they enjoy doing most, reading.?
Registration fees for these camps are kept at a minimal level so as not to exclude any potential applicants. This year Dinosaur Camp is again expanding beyond just Tumbler Ridge, and will be offered in Hudson?s Hope and Grande Prairie.
A must-visit destination for any visitor to the Peace Region is the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge. Here many of the discoveries and the fascinating stories of BC?s dinosaurs and other fossils are shared with visitors. Daniel Helm returns for another year as Gallery Host, and is joined in 2008 by Courtney McIsaac and Tiffany Oliver. There is no charge for admission to the Gallery, although donations are welcomed.
Between the Tours, the Camps, the Gallery, the TRMF?s historical exhibits in the Community Centre and the endless opportunities for hiking and outdoor recreation, a visit to Tumbler Ridge has become an enthralling, unique experience.