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Last updated: November 5, 2016

Phase 1 of Dinosaur Park improvements are mostly complete. There are working bathrooms, a playground, program seating and running water. There is also handicap accessible parking and Dinosaur Garden plantings. Some time in the Spring, 2017 there will be a grand opening.

Dinosaur Camp dates 2017 are the weeks beginning 4/10, 4/17, 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14, 8/28.

The Laurel Library and its dinosaur themed children's section will open November 28, 2016 with special grand opening events in December 2017.

Ben Miller has organized a news clipping file of a Dinosaur Park related chronology. The file is at the main archeology headquarters of the MNCPPC. The file is available for research. A list of the contents will be posted on the Dinosaur Fund website www.dinosaurfund.org

Last updated: October 3, 2016

Sewer lines are connected. Paving and functional water and bathrooms likely by end of October. Playground should be installed as well. Grand opening not likely until Spring 2017.

Current dates for Dinosaur Camp 2017 weeks beginning 4/10, 4/17, 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/17. 7/31, 8/14, 8/28.

Valeri Horn investigated the Virginia construction fossil sites but found nothing promising as of yet.

Laurel Library has been turned over to the library system. Should open in November or December.

Dinosaur Park staff will do double duty on the October 15. Park will be open for normal open house. While some staff members will be at Natural History representing the park at the National Fossil Day Program.

Last updated: September 1, 2016

The bathrooms are complete but not yet functional. Perhaps by the end of September work may be complete. University of Maryland college scholars came on August 26 for the annual park cleanup.

Road work at I-66 and RT15 in Haymarket, Virginia and along Loudon County Parkway near Sterling, Virginia have generated huge piles of layered Triassic/Jurassic red shales, slates and mudstones. These rocks can potentially contain fossil footprints.

Dinosaur Camp dates are the weeks beginning 4/10, 4/17, 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14, 8/28.

The new Laurel Public Library is expected to open in late Fall 2016. It will have a dinosaur-themed Children's Room.

In the Summer issue of the University of Chicago Magazine "Notes" an item appeared about Dr. Kranz's being honored by having two fossils named after him: Juditherys kranzi, a turtle, and Ceratodus kranzi, a lungfish.

National Fossil Day 2016 is Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Dr. Kranz will repeat his dinosaur class at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus on Saturday April 23, 2017.

Last updated: August 1, 2016

Drenching rains in the Spring, extreme heat in the Summer, and general construction issues have plagued the park improvement schedule. The bathroom building is complete but all else is still to be done. We are now told completion maybe end of September.

Remaining Dinosaur Camp dates are the weeks beginning 8/15, 8/22, and 8/29.

A sidewalk was installed on the west side of the Dinosaur Park, outside the park. Jackson Haw has renewed its original offer to have a timeline established along the sidewalk showing the evolution of life on Earth. Designs are currently being considered.

There is a need for greater plant diversity in the Dinosaur Park plantings. Anyone wishing to donate non-flowering plants, shrubs, or trees should contact the Dinosaur Fund at dinosaur fund@juno.com or call 202-547-3326. A list of suggested plants appears on the Dinosaur Fund website www.dinosaurfund.org

Last updated: July 1, 2016

The May rains slowed progress. Although improvements were scheduled to be done by the end of July. Nonetheless, the bathrooms are almost complete and some plantings have taken place. Over the past severals months visitors have found several pieces of a large bone in one area. Student volunteers have been enlisted to see if the rest can be recovered.

The week of July 25 is no longer available for registration. The camp weeks still available are weeks beginning on 7/4, 7/11, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22 and 8/29.

Last updated: June 1, 2016

A month of rain has set back the construction schedule, but work continues.

Summer camp dates weeks beginning 6/20, 6/27, 7/4, 7/25, 8/7, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29

Ben Miller has produced a FindingAid for newspaper articles relating to the development of Dinosaur Park. Actual copies of the article are being kept at the Archaeology Division offices. The FindingAid when complete will be posted on the www.dinosaurfund.org

A new where to find dinosaur sites book has been published. It is called "Dinosaur Destinations". Dinosaur Park has been included in the book.

Last updated: May 1, 2016

Construction is well underway and should be completed by July. Open houses and tours continue throughout construction.

Summer weeks of camp 6/20, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29.

NOVA Field class had 8 students and perfect weather.

Tom Lipka reports that he had a recent publication in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The publication describes a new species of lungfish, Ceratodus kranzi, found at DinosaurPark fossil site. The species name kindly honors Dr. Kranz for his work on Maryland Mesozoic fossils.

Last updated: April 1, 2016

This is no April Fool. Construction work has actually begun at Dinosaur Park. The slab has been poured for the new bathrooms. The work has disrupted the usual locations for the next several week’s programs, which will continue, but visitors will enter through the upper gate and will not be able to use the Pavilion.

The upper elementary camps (drop off), run with St Stephens and St Agnes, will run the last week of June and first week of July. The suggested weeks for family camp are those beginning 6/20, 7/11,7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, and 8/29. The week of 8/15 already has enough to run.

From April 1 through 30—The Dinosaur Fund will have a fossil exhibit at the Martha Washington Branch of the Fairfax Public Library in Alexandria, Virginia.

Last updated: March 1, 2016

The much anticipated park improvements maybe beginning. We are told the work will begin early March.

Ben Miller has brought the model of the large claw by Max to Tom Holtz who is studying it to determine what type of dinosaur it may be from.

Because Easter comes in March all Spring Break Camps will be in March. The weeks of March 21 and 28. The drop off camps for upper elementary schools are the weeks of June 27 and July 4.

An excellent juvenile book which helps readers to understand how paleontologists figure stuff out about dinosaurs is "Scaly, Spotted, Feathered, Frilled" by Catherine Thimmesh. It's not your usual ABC dinosaur book.

Last updated: February 5, 2016

Despite the Blizzard of 2016, the warm temperatures and a three week break, Dinosaur Park will be open on February 6. Also, once again we have proof for why all the fossils are kept by the Park. A claw was successfully reunited when the two parts were found at successive open houses.

Dinosaur Camp Spring Break dates the week of March 21 and March 28. Summer dates weeks of 6/20, 6/27, 7/4, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29.

Registration for Sunday April 17, 2016 NVCC class is possible from now through the date of the class. To register go to NVCC.EDU and search GOL135 #13450.

St. Stephens and St. Agnes drop off camps are the weeks of 6/27 and 7/4. These camps are for upper elementary students. To register go to ssas.org and search Fossil Camp. Dr. Kranz is a camp teacher.

February 3, 2016 there will be a lecture on the history of Muirkirk Iron Works, the current site of Dinosaur Park. Location: South Bowie Library 15301 Hall Road Bowie, Maryland 20721. Time: 4PM Free admission.

Arlington County Summer Camp Fair 2016 will be held at TJ Community Center 3501 S. 2nd Street Arlington, VA 22204 6-8pm on Friday February 12 (bad weather date 2/19/16). Meet Dr. Kranz at the event to learn more about Dinosaur Camp.

Last updated: January 5, 2016

No progress yet on Park improvements. In 2016 Dinosaur Park will have a new Park Manager. Don Creveling is retiring and will be replaced by longtime assistant Kristin Montaparto.

Dinosaur Camp 2016 dates are weeks beginning 3/21, 3/28, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 7/29. Several weeks my be converted to accommodate St. Stephens and St. Agnes Camps which are expected to run for two - 1 week sessions this summer. St. Stephens and St. Agnes is a drop off camp for upper elementary childred. Dates are not yet set. In addition, there is the one-day college class with Northern Virginia Community College on Sunday April 17, 2016.

No special events are planned for Capitalsaurus Day, 2016, however, we are hoping a special event may occur by then. We are awaiting Dr. Thomas Holtz’s identification of the large theropod claw found by Max Bovis in 2015. Perhaps he may be able to say what type of theropod it might belong to.

Last updated: December 5, 2015

As yet, no start has been made on the Park developments. There are, however, banners of the new park signs which are hung on the fence for visitors to read.

Suggested dates for Dinosaur Camp 2016 are the weeks of 3/21, 3/28, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29.

Dr. Kranz will lead a fossil hunting trip in Maryland Cretaceous on Sunday 17 April 2016. It is a class at Northern Virginia Community College if you want credit. Contact them at NVCC.edu for registration details. Class is GOL135 #49748


Last updated: November 5, 2015

Thanks all for your support. It materially contributed to MNCPPC reversing its decision. Dr. Kranz will have new contract for 2016.


Last updated: November 1, 2015

As of this writing, MNC PPC is declining to renew Dr. Peter M. Kranz’s annual contract as the paleontologist at Dinosaur Park. If the situation does not change Dr. Kranz will no longer be present at Dinosaur Park after December 1st, 2015. We believe this will seriously diminish the professionalism and appeal of Dinosaur Park. After all, when people come to the park they want to meet the paleontologist. As there are no plans to have another paleontologist on staff, that will no longer be possible.

Dinosaur Camp dates for 2016 are the weeks beginning 3/21, 3/28, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29. To sign up contact Dinosaur Fund at dinosaurfund@juno.com or call (202) 547-3326.


Last updated: October 1, 2015

Latest information says that renovations at Dinosaur Park may begin mid-October , 2015. Let’s hope.

Suggested weeks for Dinosaur Camp 2016 6/20, 6/27, 7/1, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29

Dinosaur Park will have a table at the Smithsonian Natural History on October 10.

Dr. Kranz’s lecture has been rescheduled to a start time at 1:15PM

PSW will meet on October 2 at 7PM for the first time in the Q?rius Auditorium.

Hans Sues will so a webcast on Q?rius October 8 at 11AM & 2PM


Last updated: September 4, 2015

Jackson Shaw has begun building new warehouses to the west of Dinosaur Park. This is the precursor to the fossil time wall they have planned for the walkway outside the Park. College Park Scholars did Park cleanup on August, 28.

Dinosaur Camp has ended for 2015, however, it will return in 2016. Some the planned dates are the weeks of 3/21, 3/28, 6/20, 6/27.

It seems that National Fossil Day 2015 is going to be held on a Saturday this year. Smithsonian has scheduled activities on October 10 from 10AM -4PM on the first floor at Natural History.

The Natural History Society of Maryland will hold a fossil event open to the public from 1-4 PM on October 11 at their HQ: 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206. Dr. Peter Kranz will give a lecture on dinosaurs beginning at 2:30PM.


Last updated: August 4, 2015

A Contractor has been chosen for the Dinosaur Park improvements. The Contractor expects to complete the work before the end of the calendar year.

A Visitor found the distal end of a theropod tibia in July.

Dinosaur Camp available any week in August including August 31. Contact dinosaurfund@juno.com or 202-547-3326.

Last updated: July 23, 2015

Some progress is happening in the improvements at Dinosaur Park. Workers have moved some of the large trees and horsetails out of the gardens to begin the reorganization of the entrance to Dinosaur Park. The easy access to updated information about the Park and other interesting facts is to go to MNCPPC.org and search Dinosaur Park and click " Dino Blog."

Remaining camp dates are the weeks of July 6th and 13th and any week in August. Remember July 6 and August 3rd are join programs with St. Stephens and St. Agnes.

Dr. Kranz led a recent field trip to search for dinosaur tracks in Gettysburg, PA and Emmitsburg, MD. Some results were heartening, others distressing. Tracks from the Trostle Quarry near York Springs, PA are found on the Gettysburg Battlefield on a small bridge over Plum Run. Others are in the possession of the Adams County Historical Society but are currently in storage. The quarry itself are semi accessible. Dr. Kranz was able to recover a single track from the vicinity. On the distressing end the slabs recovered from the Flat Run Quarry in Emmitsburg which were rescued by Mill Meredith were moved when The Archives building at Mt St Mary's University was closed in 2009. In the move information was lost. The slabs became separated. Currently the whereabouts of the large slab is unknown. The small one was rescued from an outdoor garden when Dr. Kranz's request to see them was received.

No word yet, but the bid process for park development has closed. Continuing work on the site where scrappy bone is being found has yet to yield anything significant.

Summer Dinosaur Camp dates are the weeks of 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 and 8/31. Weeks of 7/16 and 8/3 are joint weeks with St. Stephens and St. Agnes School. For details call 202-547-3326

Excavation on the west side of Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) in Fort Washington is likely to yield fossil material. The area so far extends from Swann Creek Road south to Piscataway Creek.

Jurassic World (movie) opens June 12, 2015.

Although some work was done to clear the area where possible, rib bones seemed to be arranged in an orderly manner, nothing more than more fragments have turned up to date. There has been an important development regarding the future possibility of donations of money to Dinosaur Park. The Parks and Recreation Foundation has gotten its 501c3 status. This means that it will now be possible to establish methods of accepting money earmarked for Dinosaur Park. The methods are still to be worked out.

Ben Miller has "Dinosaur Park Post" up and running. This is a site where current information about Dinosaur Park and related events can be seen and posted. The address is: http://mncppcapps.org/pgparks/dino_blog/dino_blog.aspx

Summer Dinosaur Camp Dates are weeks of 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31. Weeks 7/6 and 8/3 are joint weeks with St. Stephens and St. Agnes. For details contact 202-547–3326.

The following relatively new books are recommended by Dr. Kranz.

Dinosaurs Grand Tour Keiron Pim 2013
How to be a Dinosaur Hunter Scot Forbes 2013
Dinosaurs in your Backyard Hugh Brewster 2009

The worst winter ever since the Park opened appears to be over.

With luck, there will be lots of great discoveries this Spring. There appears to be some progress toward putting out bids on the Park improvements. Let's hope that it is completed this year.

Spring Break Camps for the weeks of April 6 and 13 still have openings.

There seems to be a possibility that the county will allow an honorary street sign for MidAtlantic Blvd which highlights the dinosaur character of the street. Several names have been suggested like "Astrodon Avenue", "Mid Cretaceous Blvd" or "Dinosaur Dead End."

On Sunday March 22 a young fossil hunter found a large specimen of a Cretaceous nautiloid. The American Museum of Natural History has expressed an interest in acquiring the specimen.

With the economy improving and winter ending, there should be more construction.This should lead to more fossil exposures. Keep your eyes open.

Last updated: March 2, 2015

Snow closed Dinosaur Park February 21, 2015 A very rare occurrence.

Spring Break Camps are the weeks of 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13


Last updated: February, 2015

The weather has not been kind to us this Winter. Most open houses, have been chilly and wet. Let's hope Spring brings the sun.

Spring Break is fast approachingj. Scheduled dates for Dinosaur dates for Dinosaur Camp are the weeks of 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13. For summer dates see dinosaurfund.org.

Arlington SummerCamp Fair will be 6-8PM Friday February 20 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. South, Arlington, VA 22201. Come and meet Dr. Peter Kranz and see some real dinosaur fossils.

St. Stephen and St. Agnes School will hold two sessions of fossil camp with Dr. Kranz the weeks of July 6 and August 3. Campers must be between the ages of 9 and 12. Parents are not required. For details contact tyoder@ssssas.org or 703-212-2942.


Last updated: January 2, 2015

Dave Hacker discovered a classic Astrodon tooth in December.

Spring Break Dinosaur Camp dates have been expanded. Offer dates now are the weeks of 3/23, 3/30, 4/16, 4/13. for Summer Camp dates see www.dinosaurfund.org.

Capitalsaurus Day 2015 is as normal, January 28. As yet no events are planned.

Jurassic Park 4 is scheduled to open June 12, 2015.

Dr. Kranz and Grace Johnson are pinups for the October 2015 Calendar of the March Funeral Homes. If you would like one you may contact dinosaurfund@juno.com.