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Take a Step Back in Time at Prehistoric OC


The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center will celebrate International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day (which are only four days apart) on October 10, 2015 with a FREE educational family event, Prehistoric OC. The Prehistoric OC festival presents Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, and Native American culture to the community.

Prehistoric OC is fun for both young and old, with a number of activities including archaeological and paleontological demonstrations and exhibits, a Junior Scientist Camp featuring educational crafts and hands-on activities. The event will feature volcano demonstrations, Native American storytelling and lectures by leading experts on archaeology, paleontology and geology. And, Brew Hawg and Roman Nose Fry Bread will be on hand with delicious food and drinks.

Prehistoric OC is hosted in collaboration with Orange County Parks at the Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in Buena Park, CA where the Clark Paleontology Museum is located. The Museum will host guided tours to showcase its extensive fossil collection from Orange County and its working laboratory where visitors can see real paleontologists and archaeologists in action.


Junior Scientist Camp will include the following activities:

-Archaeology and Paleontology mock digs -Native American Rock Art
-Make Your Own Fossil
-Origami Plank Canoes
-Midden Sorting – real Prehistoric Trash -Mini-Dinosaur Excavation
-Make your own Shell Jewelry

Scheduled speakers, demonstrations and activities include:

  • 10:45am “Our Backyard Geology in Orange County”, Dr. Richard Lozinsky in Lecture Room 10:45am
  • 11:30am The Haavakam (Beautiful People)
  • 12:15pm Volcanos! Dr. Vali Memeti on Demonstration Lawn
  • 1:00pm Native American Storytelling by Jacque Nunez in Amphitheater
  • 1:45pm “The Fossils of Clark Park”, Lisa Babilonia in Lecture Room
  • 2:15pm A Trek through Clark Park’s Fossil Beds – a guided hike, meet at Museum Entrance
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