"We don't do horseback riding, we don't do archery, we don't do canoeing, we just do dinosaurs," pointed out Science Camp Director Morgan Syvertsen. "We teach them basic geology, to find fossils and then they help bulk sample, they sort the samples with microscopes (and) the older kids get to go into the Prep Lab and actually prepare field jackets."
This year, some of the students got to take part in an actual dinosaur dig near the Tolman Bridge with Dr. Francois Therrien, the Tyrrell's Curator of Dinosaur Paleoecology.
"When we open registration in the first part of December it's like a Black Friday sale," Syvertsen chuckled. "The ladies in the Bookings Office said that some parents are even bribing them: "my son has to get in; what can we give you, what do you want?" It just doesn't work that way, it's first come first served."
"The ones that are really serious, they have gone on to university now," added Syvertsen. "Greg Funston is soon to be Dr. Greg Funston; Conrad Wilson and Aaron Dyer just finished their undergrads and now they're working on their Masters. The list goes on and on of kids from Science Camp who are now in university studying paleontology, they're going to be the next generation of curators here at the museum."