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ONGOING      JANUARY 2018      FEBRUARY 2018


Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) Meeting
First Mondays

WIPS typically 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.


January 6 – Family Day: Geology

Bring your curiosity down to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry in Colorado Springs for a day of geologic exploration! 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Included with museum admission. Read more

January 8 – Landscapes and Hadrosaur Behavior, Southern Utah

Join WIPS for its first meeting of 2018 for a talk by PhD student Vikki Crystal on "Vertebrate and invertebrate stable isotope insights into fluvial landscapes and hadrosaur behavior in the Late Cretaceous of southern Utah." The program will be held in the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Enter on the west side of the Museum (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Read more

January 9 – Everything Dinosaur Talk: Paleontology 101

Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for part one of a talk series meant to orient new volunteers (or anyone interested) in dinosaurs! This first talk is about the history of dinosaur paleontology (including the Bone Wars). Meet at the Discovery Center: 17681 W. Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks Entrance #1. Free. Additional talks in the series will be held January 23, January 30, and February 1. Read more

January 11 – Colorado Gold and Silver Prior to 1859

A presentation by past WIPS president Beth Simmons at the monthly meeting of the Flatirons Gem and Mineral Club. Read more

January 17 – Telling Time with Rock Clocks

A presentation by Leah Morgan (United States Geological Survey) at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Colloquium. VIP Room (unless otherwise stated) 3-4 p.m. Museum admission not required to attend. NO RSVP necessary.

January 27 – Nonfiction Writing Class: Paleontology

The Western Museum of Mining and Industry invites you to join its 5th annual Winter Writer's Class. Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? We provide an intimate, inclusive program in a remarkable setting. This workshop combines superb instruction with unparalleled resources and is ideally suited for the general public, teen writers, and especially beginners. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Instructor: Steve Veatch. Read more


February 6-20 (Tuesdays and Thursdays) – Mammals: Origins and Evolution

Paleontologist Lou Taylor takes you through the origin and evolutionary trends of mammals in this class at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Study fossils from the museum's collections as you explore the rise of modern mammals, strange beasts that once lived in Colorado, mammals that migrated among the continents, and mammals that lived and became extinct in the Pleistocene Epoch. Read more

February 8-11 – Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

2018 theme: Crystals and Crystal Forms. At the Tucson Convention Center. Read more

February 23-25 – Denver Gem & Mineral Guild Jewelry, Gem & Mineral Show

Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, Colorado. Read more