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May 21, 2010 > Mammoth Day at the Children's Natural History Museum

Mammoth Day at the Children's Natural History Museum

By Suzanne Ortt
Photos By Courtesy of Joyce Blueford

Mammoths and fossils: see, listen, touch, and learn. These are the foci of Mammoth Day. Children's activities are scheduled all day at the Children's History Museum. Engage in a fossil hunt and win a shark tooth necklace. Replicas of camels, horses, or mammoth teeth are ready for painting. Kick back and listen to a reading by Mammoth Mary. Create and decorate a mammoth or saber tooth headband. Take a mammoth safari and win another prize. The museum exhibits are also worth seeing!

A special event is set from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in Fossil Hall. "Boy Paleontologists" Phil Gordon and William Charles will tell stories and answer questions about their experiences. Gordon and Charles, in the 1940's, were two boys who worked with Wesley Gordon Sr. unearthing Ice Age fossils. These "boys" would travel from Hayward on weekends to excavate one of the most productive sites of the early Pleistocene.

The Boy Paleontologists, ranging in age from 7 to 13, unearthed one of the best preserved fossil sites in North America. Fossils from the Irvington District in Fremont created such a national event, that a section of geologic time was honored as the Irvingtonian Stage, representing the beginning of the Pleistocene.

Free, autographed photos by the "Boy Paleontologists" will go to the first 100 families. Browse in the museum shop as it will be open and features many unique science-related items for purchase.

Have a fascinating and fun day!

Mammoth Day
Saturday, May 22
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Children's Natural History Museum, Math/Science Nucleus
4074 Eggers Drive, Fremont

Children: members $6, non-members $8
Adults: members free, non-members $5
Join the Math/Science Nucleus and get a discount.
(510) 790-6284

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