Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Box 1348 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
Contact: Dr Charles Helm, Vice President – 250 242
Dinosaur Camp has a new and enthusiastic leader this summer.
Robin Sissons of Edmonton has taken over the reins of this
popular Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation program, and hopes
to bring some special attributes to it.
Robin has just finished her third year of her B.Sc. at the
University of Alberta’s palaeontology program. On weekends
she would volunteer for the university’s Science Sunday
program, where she developed a love of teaching kids about
the earth sciences, and realized how enthusiastic their response
could be. She finds it incredibly fulfilling when kids get
excited about science, and feels privileged to develop their
interest in learning.
When Robin heard about the Tumbler Ridge camps from her friend,
last year’s camp leader Janet Proos, she therefore immediately
thought that this would be a great summer experience, and put
in an application. She was delighted to be the one selected
from the five applicants that were interviewed.
Robin is impressed with what she has seen of the Dinosaur
Camp program so far, and plans to update it to include the
very latest research and discoveries, both around Tumbler Ridge
and world-wide. She is equally impressed with Tumbler Ridge,
and its beautiful setting, its wonderfully friendly people,
and being able to walk anywhere she needs to go.
The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation is entering its fourth
year of presenting Dinosaur Camp, in conjunction with the Northern
Lights College, starting June 26 and running through August
Most camps run daily from Monday to Friday and cater to kids
aged 7-13. In addition two-day Mini-camps will be held for
two weeks in August, for kids aged 6-13. Registration costs
$150 for a week-long camp or $60 for a Mini-camp. The Raptor
Camp is for first-time registrants, while graduates can return
for the second-tier Tyrannosaur Camp. This year for the first
time there will also be a week-long camp in Hudson’s
Activities include field trips to dinosaur footprint sites
and other fossil sites, identification and preparation of fossils
(with take-home material), tours of the Dinosaur Discovery
Gallery in Tumbler Ridge, daily lectures and games regarding
dinosaurs, other fossils, and famous palaeontologists, a dinosaur
excavation exercise, an introduction to BC’s geology,
rocks and minerals and much more.
Hundreds of kids have gone through Dino Camp and had a unique
and wonderful summer experience, and Tumbler Ridge is the only
place in B.C. where such camps are organized. Parents often
have a great time enjoying the wonderful scenery and hiking
trails that Tumbler Ridge has to offer, while their kids are
in camp. For further details on Dinosaur Camp call (250) 242-DINO
Robin has a special interest in vertebrate palaeontology,
which makes Tumbler Ridge with its dinosaurs an exciting place
to be. She hopes to move on to her Masters and Doctorate once
she has completed her B.Sc. Meantime she is looking forward
to an exciting summer in Tumbler Ridge and hopes to be able
to inspire many young Dinosaur Campers.