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The Western Interior Paleontological Society provides this free listing of earth science and nature events as a service to the public. To submit events for this online listing and our newsletter (published May through September), please send text to the

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Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) Meeting
First Mondays

WIPS meets the first Monday of the month from September to May (except for the December holiday auction which is held on a Saturday). Join us for great lectures and connect with fellow paleo enthusiasts. Check our home page for the current month's program.

Click WIPS Calendar of Events to see all upcoming WIPS programs, field trips and other events.

The PaleoZone – WIPS Club for Young Paleontologists

A youth program for family members of the Western Interior Paleontological Society. Suitable for children elementary school age and older. If your child or grandchild is interested in joining, please contact Dennis Gertenbach or 303-709-8218. Meets monthly, every third Sunday.


July 7 – America's Great Eclipses: 1878 and 2017

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years. As you prepare for this rare celestial spectacle, join Boulder author David Baron to hear the story of another great American eclipse, which traversed Colorado in 1878 and lured the era's preeminent scientists to the Wild West. 7 p.m. at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Read more

July 13 – Natural History of the Florissant Fossil Beds NM: The Ecology of the Montane Life Zone

Florissant Summer Seminar with Dr. Boyce Drummond (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)Read more

July 15-16 – Florissant Scientific Society Annual Multi-Day Event

Gary Ziegler, ranch owner and international archeologist, will show the group the culturally modified trees at his Bear Basin Ranch in southern Colorado, south of Canon City, and discuss his work in Peru. Watch the Societys website for more information.

July 20-24 – Gold and Silver Deposits in Colorado Symposium

Cosponsored by the Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, the CSM Museum, DREGS (Denver Region Exploration Geologists Society), and Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter. The event will include a welcoming reception at the CSM Museum (Thursday evening), two days of talks (Sat.-Sun., July 22-23), a Saturday evening banquet with a speaker, and two days of field trips (Fri. July 21 and Mon. July 24) to historic Colorado gold and silver mining areas, focusing on the Front Range and the northern half of the Colorado Mineral Belt. Registration is $100, $50 for students, $40 for the banquet and $40 for each field trip. Registration and information

July 25 – The Volcanoes of South Park

Florissant Summer Seminar with Dr. Emmett Evanoff and Dr. Herb Meyer (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) This field-based seminar will focus on South Park, Colorado, including the Florissant area, which was covered by volcanic materials derived from volcanoes in the Guffy area and from the Mount Princeton center of the Sawatch Range. The Guffy area was the center of a large stratovolcano that blocked the drainages of South Park. Huge ash clouds composed of extremely hot solids, liquids and gases flowed down the valleys flanking the Sawatch Range and covered much of South park several times in the Geologic past. This one-day seminar will be field based except for an introduction to the geology and paleontology of the area with a PowerPoint presentation that will include the Thirty-nine Mile volcanic field and the batholith of Mount Princeton. Read more


August 4-6 – Creede Rock & Mineral Show

At the Creede Underground Mining Museum and Community Center, Creede, Colorado. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Read more

August 10-13 – Contin-Tail rock & Mineral Show

Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds, Buena Vista, Colorado Read more

August 17-20 – Woodland Park Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Highway 24 in Woodland Park, Colorado. Read more on Facebook and on the show website

August 18-20 – Lake George Gem & Mineral Show

On Highway 24 in Lake George, Colorado. Sponsored by the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club Read more