CSUF News Service

'Prehistoric OC' Features Dinos, Volcanos, Storytelling & More

"Prehistoric OC," a family festival celebrating archaeology, paleontology, history, culture and science, is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in Buena Park.

Presented by the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. free educational family event celebrates International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day. The festival showcases Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, and Native American culture to the community.

Activities include archaeological and paleontological demonstrations, a Junior Scientist Camp with hands-on learning, Native American storytelling, presentations about volcanoes and a special visit from "Rocky the T-Rex." The park's paleontology museum, featuring an extensive Orange County fossil collection, will host guided tours.

Scheduled activities are:

  • 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - "Volcanos!" presented by Vali Memeti, CSUF assistant professor of geological sciences
  • 11:45 a.m. - "Native American Storytelling" presented by Virginia Carmelo
  • 12:30 p.m. - "Dig for Dinos" (for children ages 2-12)
  • 2:15 p.m. - "Trek Through Clark Park’s Fossil Beds" guided hike
     

For more information visit the event’s website or call 714-647-2100. The Cooper Center is a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and Orange County Parks. Ralph B. Clark Regional Park 
is located at 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park, 90621.

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