Dino Day set for Saturday at museum

By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]

A dinosaur exhibit opened relatively quietly at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History in February, but Saturday will be anything but quiet at the exhibit.

Sonya Laney, the director of education and programs at the museum, said Saturday the exhibit will play host to Dino Day, and all sorts of activities are planned.

Laney said from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday members of the N.C. Fossil Club will be at the museum.

Museum Executive Director Matt Edwards said the members of the club, which include professors, graduate students and professionals in the field of paleontology, will offer a wealth of knowledge to those who stop by.

As part of the exhibit, fossils are already on display at the museum, but those who visit on Saturday will have the opportunity to dig for some of their own, said Laney. Participants will dig through fossil-rich sand from the Aurora Phosphate Mine in eastern North Carolina. Those who find a fossilized shark’s tooth or another marine fossil will be able to take it home.

Dinosaur related crafts and games are also on the docket.

Participation in the Dino Day activities is included in the regular admission rates at the museum.

Laney said the program should be a great end to a well-received traveling exhibit, as the exhibit is set to close in Mount Airy in August.

“It’s sort of a last chance for people to see the exhibit,” said Laney.

Edwards said the exhibit has been great for the museum. Attendance at the museum has markedly increased since the dinosaurs arrived in February, and local schools also took advantage of the attraction.

“It has been a smash hit,” said Edwards.

However, Saturday will offer something new for those who have already toured Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies and an extra incentive for those who have yet to see it.

“There is a lot of value added in the hands-on experiences and the knowledge offered by these experts,” said Edwards.

Though Laney said the event is a bit of a farewell, Edwards noted it’s also a welcoming event.

“We will also get to introduce Sonya to the community at this event,” added Edwards.

A grant made possible the exhibit and Laney’s position, which had been eliminated in prior years due to budget cuts. Saturday’s event is the first program Laney has organized since coming on staff recently.

By Andy Winemiller

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Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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