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Bringing OC’s Prehistoric Past to Life in Buena Park

Oct. 5, 2012

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Jere H. Lipps, director of the Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, is the opening speaker at the Oct. 13 “Prehistoric OC, An Adventure Through Time.”

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"Prehistoric OC, An Adventure Through Time," Oct. 13 at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, is a community and family-oriented event, presented by the Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and Orange County-OC Parks. The event is free and open to the public.


Saturday, Oct. 13
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (schedule below)


Ralph B. Clark Regional Park and Ralph B. Clark Park Museum of Paleontology
8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park, 90621


Prehistoric OC features presentations by Cooper Center and CSUF scientists, including an exploding volcano demonstration, guided tours of the Ralph B. Clark Park Museum of Paleontology, fossil and artifact displays, Native American food, hands-on activities and crafts for children, and a Junior Scientist lab program. Other activities include a presentation of culture and customs by the Kizh Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians, props and memorabilia from the "Jurassic Park" movies presented by Hollywood set designers and demonstrations of Native American skills, such as reed boat construction.

Speakers Include:

11 a.m. — Opening remarks, Jere H. Lipps, director of the Cooper Center
11:10 a.m. — "Introducing the Cooper Center," Meredith Rivin, curator of paleontology, and Jeannine Pedersen, curator of archaeology at the center
11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. — Kizh Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians presentation on customs and stewardship

Activities Include:

1:15 p.m. — "Liquid Nitrogen Volcano Experiment" with CSUF's David D. Bowman, chair and professor of geological sciences.
11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Jurassic Con Panel, featuring "Inside Jurassic Park" exhibit
2:30 p.m. — "The Atalatl Games," between members of the Cooper Center's archaeology and paleontology labs using a throwing device favored by ancient people


The event is held in celebration of October's National Fossil Day and National Archaeology Day, to create public awareness about Orange County's rich history, prehistory and Native American culture, and to enhance interest in science.


"There will be fun family activities to excite kids and their parents about paleontology and archeology by utilizing the Cooper Center and OC Parks' natural and cultural resources," said Jere H. Lipps, Cooper Center director. "These and other events and exhibits are part of our community outreach efforts."


$5 per vehicle


Cal State Fullerton and the Orange County have partnered to manage, curate and display archaeological artifacts and fossils found from the development of Orange County. The vast collection includes evidence of human activity dating back more than 10,000 years, along with specimens of rare animals that occupied the region beginning 180 million years ago. The center is named in honor of the late John D. Cooper, CSUF emeritus professor of geological sciences, who was dedicated to preserving the collection.

Media Contacts:

Jere H. Lipps, Cooper Center, 714-647-2108 

David D. Bowman, Geological Sciences, 657-278-8558 

Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027 

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