Dino Saturday

Saturday, July 21, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Join us for a day of everything dinosaurs!  Regular admission rates apply for activities inside of the Discovery Center, excluding the Paleontology Fossil Hike.

  1. Fossil Hike
  2. Paleontologist Presentations
  3. Mosasaur Fossil Skull Demo
  4. Take-home Craft

Walk and Talk: Paleontology Fossil Hike (off-site)


Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Youth and Adult Non-members: $4
FHDC Youth and Adult Members: $3
Under 2: FREE

Join us for a guided hike through prehistoric times as we explore Flint Hills paleontology.  Uncover ancient life from the interior seaway that once covered the Flint Hills.  The fossil hike will be guided by Jordan Van Sickler, Assistant Preparator at the University of Kansas Vertebrate Paleontology Lab.  He is an experienced paleontologist, participating in several digs in Montana and preparing multiple specimens.

Pre-registration is required by July 20 at 5:00PM.  Please register online, by calling 785-587-2726, or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

We will meet at the trailhead for the Tuttle Creek Dam spillway off of Beach Road. Participants are responsible for any state park access fees.  Click HERE for a Google Maps link to trailhead.

This event will be held rain or shine, as long as the weather is deemed safe. Please wear walking shoes and sunblock. We encourage you to bring a water bottle!

Meeting spot with directions for Fossil Hike

Partner Bios:



Joshua ‘Jordan’ Van Sickler is an Assistant Preparator at the University of Kansas Vertebrate Paleontology Lab. He has also worked with the University of Arkansas Paleoanthropology lab examining tooth wear patterning and diet of new world monkeys. Jordan has been preparing, molding, and casting specimens in the Paleontology lab. He has also been a part of several KU dinosaur digs in Montana over the past two years and is helping with the excavation of their young Tyrannosaur specimen. His current work relates to jaw articulation model in various Mosasaur genera.

Ian Trevethan has earned a bachelors of science in earth sciences from Montana State University, and has earned a Master of Science in Geosciences from Fort Hays State University. His works consists of isotopic analysis of core body temperature of mosasaurs and has also participated in research projects regarding individual cranial variation in dinosaurs. He is committed to educating the general public in all facets of paleontological and geological sciences, particularly through museum outreach programs.