Pipestone Creek Bonebed Tour

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What was it like during the Cretaceous 73 million years ago? What dinosaurs and plants lived here? How did hundreds of dinosaurs die in one spot?

Program Length: 2 hours

*Available mid June and September only*

What was it like here 73 million years ago during the Cretaceous? What dinosaurs and plants lived here? How did hundreds of dinosaurs die in one spot? Discover some answers and some theories to these questions during this Pipestone Creek tour. This 2-hour tour to a dinosaur bonebed takes place at Pipestone Creek Park, located 19 west of Grande Prairie and then 19 kilometers south of the Town of Wembley. Schools must arrange their own transportation. Students experience an unforgettable field trip on this two and half kilometer hike (round trip). They examine real fossils, learn the different types of dinosaurs found in northern Alberta and what force exposed the rocks we find dinosaurs in. Students use clues they learn throughout the hike to piece together theories of how hundreds of dinosaurs may have died in one spot. Safety waivers must be signed by all participants. Hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, bug spray and a hat are recommended. Please call for more details 780-532-2362 ext.3.

* Hike subject to weather conditions.


Grade 3 –  (Science) Topic E: Animal Life Cycles Classify animals based on observable characteristics: e.g. limbs, teeth, backbone. Describe the appearance of life cycles of animals and identify adaptations to different environments. Identify examples of environmental conditions that may threaten animal survival, and identify examples of extinct animals.

Grade 4 – (Social Studies) Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories Understand and appreciate how palaeontology is integral to the landscapes and environment of Alberta. 4.1.1 appreciate Alberta’s fossil heritage.

Grade 4 – (Science) Topic A: Waste & Our World Identify plant and animal wastes, and describe how they are recycles in nature.

Grade 6 – (Science) Topic D: Evidence & Investigation Observe and interpret evidence of animal activity in a natural outdoor setting. They observe markings and things left behind like bones and teeth. They pose questions, recognize patterns and discrepancies and think logically about what they have observed.

Grade 6 – (Science) Topic E: Trees and Forests Learn about trees as individual plants, examine local species, recognize the characteristics of different trees, describe and classify leaf shape, and deciduous from coniferous trees.

Grade 7 – (Science) Unit E: Planet Earth Recognize glacial erosion and river erosion, see an example of core drilling used in the field, describe local rocks and identify evidence of their formation, describe the role of fossil evidence in interpreting sedimentary rock, interpret examples of weathering erosion and sedimentation, identify the portions of living things most likely to be preserved, identify possible means of preservation, identify uncertainties in interpreting individual items of fossil evidence; and explain the role of accumulated evidence in developing accepted scientific ideas, theories and explanations.

Grade 8 – (Science) Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Systems Erosion and deposition, glaciers and icecaps. Investigate and interpret linkages among landforms, water and climate, describe the processes of erosion and deposition resulting from water flow, identify evidence of glacial action.

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit C: The Changing Earth Analyze and assess the evidence provided by the fossil record and identify life forms of past eras. Describe common types of fossilization, actual remains, imprints, tracks, trails, burrows. Explain how fossils can provide evidence of chronology, paleoclimate, evolution and mass extinction.

Grade 11 – (Science) Unit D: Changing in Living Systems Describe evidence for evolution by natural selection e.g. fossils, describe how paleontology has provided invaluable data in the attempt to explain observable variations in organisms.