We have two apprehensive paleontologists and one enthusiast dinosaur-lover in our posse of kiddos. Some of us were a little nervous about our trip to Dinosaur National Monument.
This Stegosaurus statue is one of nine life-size dinosaur statues created by Louis Paul Jonas for the Sinclair Dinoland exhibit at the 1964-65 World Fair in New York.
After a stop in the Visitor Center we hopped aboard a tram to the Quarry Exhibit Hall. The exhibit building was built around a “wall” filled with fossilized bones that have been left as they were found.
We were able to touch real fossilized dinosaur bones! How amazing is this!?!
So amazing that we need to sit down and catch our breath!
This Allosaurus skull is one of the best-preserved skulls ever discovered.
We are creationists who believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe, that in the early history of the Earth, God caused a very violent and catastrophic flood to destroy everything in the Earth, saving only one family and some of every kind of animal. This story can be found in the book of Genesis, chapters 6-9. Seeing evidence of that flood at Dinosaur National Monument was very exciting for us. We were awed by being able to touch the bones of dinosaurs that lived when Noah lived. What an amazing experience!
Our 2nd visit to Dinosaur National Monument was lots of fun. The kiddos got their Junior Ranger badges. These are the nicest badges we’ve gotten so far.
We went for a short 1.5 mile walk (we’ve learned its best not to call these activities hikes). It was super exposed and way too hot to be very enjoyable but the photos turned out nice. lol
Luckily, I had packed after-hike-cookies waiting for us in the Jeep!
Did you know that there are verses about dinosaurs in the Bible? Here is one example in Job 40:15-24 (NIV).
Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. Its bones are like tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron. It ranks first amount the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword. The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it. A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth. Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?
Job 41 goes on to describe a water-dwelling dinosaur called Leviathan.
Of course, the kiddos wanted to draw dinosaurs during story time this week. Drawing dinosaurs is kinda hard. I found this video, How to draw a stegosaurus for kids, if you want help drawing your own stegosaurus.
Now for a lesson in Greek and Latin, here is a page from the Junior Ranger workbooks about the meaning of dinosaur names:
Here are the types of dinosaurs that have been found in area surrounding Dinosaur National Monument:
🦕 Which dinosaur is your favorite?
- Apatosaurus (S’s fave)
- Brachiosaurus (K’s fave, not pictured)
- Ceratosaurus (B’s fave)
🦖 Bonus question: Using the “What Do Dinosaur Names Tell Us?” sheet above, if you were a dinosaur what would your dinosaur name be?
I updated the post, Arches National Park & Portal RV Resort – Moab, Utah and added a fun quiz at the bottom. Be sure to check it out and take the quiz!