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'Prehistoric OC' Explores County's Past

Cooper Center Family Festival Oct. 12 Celebrates Archaeology, Paleontology and More

Sept. 17, 2014

Native American man giving talk on native fauna

Ernest Salas of the Gabrieleño Indian Tribe explained the importance of the native fauna to the original inhabitants of Orange County to children and others who attended last fall's "Prehistoric OC." This year's event on Oct. 12 also features Native American exhibitors and storytelling.

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"Prehistoric OC," a family festival celebrating archaeology, paleontology, history, culture and science, will be held Oct. 12 at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park. The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center — a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and OC Parks — is presenting the free event, which commemorates International Archaeology and National Fossil days.


Sunday, Oct. 12
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Ralph B. Clark Regional Park
8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park, 90621


Archaeological and paleontological demonstrations and exhibits, a Junior Scientist Camp with educational crafts and hands-on learning, volcano demonstrations, information about reptiles and wolves, memorabilia from "Jurassic Park" and "Indiana Jones" movies, Native American storytelling, plus the "Quake Cottage," a mobile earthquake simulator. In addition, lectures by experts on archaeology, paleontology, geology and more will be presented. The park's paleontology museum, featuring an extensive Orange County fossil collection, will host guided tours. 


11 a.m. - "Sharks" presented by Douglas Long, shark expert and biology professor at Saint Mary's College of California.

Noon - Volcano demonstrations by David D. Bowman, interim dean of Cal State Fullerton's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and professor of geological sciences, and Valbone Memeti, assistant professor of geological sciences.

1 p.m. - "In the Belly of a Long Gone Volcano: Ancient Magma Reservoirs in Yosemite National Park" presented by Memeti, who joined the University this fall.

1: 45 p.m. - Native American storytelling by Jacque Nunez of "Journeys to the Past."

2: 30 p.m. - Prehistoric Native American Dogs in Southern California, Including the Channel Islands” presented by Steven R. James, Cal State Fullerton professor of anthropology.      


Admission and parking are free.  


Visit online or call 714-647-2100.

Media Contacts:

Jeannine Pedersen, John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, or 714-647-2111
Debra Cano Ramos

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