It’s been almost 20 years since two young boys stumbled across a dinosaur trackway while tubing down Flatbed Creek, an event that would trigger the founding of a museum and opportunities for exploration and adventure too numerous to list. It is with gratitude and appreciation I look to all the hard work that has been done to establish Tumbler Ridge and the Peace River Regional District as an internationally significant site for palaeontological discoveries and research. I am thankful for the opportunity to be here and participate in new adventures with you.
In 2019 the museum welcomed almost 6000 visitors, our second highest number of guests recorded. We had visitors from around the world, across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, and Russia. Our sights are on making 2020 our best year yet.
We have several exciting projects we are taking on this year. Our immediate future will consist of core foundational activities like strategic planning, policy review, and securing operational and capital funding, which will lead to all the fun things we want to provide for the community and region like:
- New displays and updated gallery
- New and expanded year-round programming for all ages
- Development of the Northern Dinosaur Trail to help support tourism
- Working with the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark on exciting new ventures
We are also working on enhancing research opportunities by partnering with universities and advocating for better protections and designations for important sites throughout the Peace Region.
The TRMF has always been a community driven endeavor, and it is through listening to and participating in the community where we will find our greatest successes and impact. Whether you’re a teenager, a parent, a senior, a single mid-career professional, a business owner, a teacher, a mine worker, or anything in between, I want to hear from you. What does the museum mean to you? How can we serve you better? We won’t be able to address all your needs immediately, but we can make a plan to get there, together. Please email me your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the Board and staff of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation – I wish you all a wonderful New Year!