Children really dig palaeontology

Ryan Abeleira and Piper Lewis with artificial dinosaur poo at a paleontology holiday work. Pictures: Bruce Hunt        d464343
Francesco and Edoardo Russell.
Florence Pinney with Grace and Sally Gohnos.
Kondo and Epithany Aja.
Kids at the paleontology holiday workshop in Boomerang Gorge.
Ryan Abeleira and Piper Lewis with artificial dinosaur poo at a paleontology holiday work. Pictures: Bruce Hunt d464343 Francesco and Edoardo Russell. Florence Pinney with Grace and Sally Gohnos. Kondo and Epithany Aja. Kids at the paleontology holiday workshop in Boomerang Gorge.

CHILDREN travelled back in time during a palaeontology holiday activity at Yanchep National Park this month.

A new feature on the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Nearer to Nature school holiday program, the ‘palaeontologist for a day’ activity taught seven to 12-year-olds about the Pleistocene period and ‘mega beasts’ that roamed Earth between 2.59 million and 11,700 years ago.

Participants followed the fossil trail on January 19 and used palaeontologist skills to uncover ‘bones’ and reconstruct a giant creature.

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The holiday program also included the ‘enchanted environment’ cave session for four to seven-year-olds in the morning, and adventure caving for eight to 14-year-olds on January 13.

For information on future programs, visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au.