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Teacher Training

Discovering the Art & Science of Tracking Dinosaurs

In this FREE workshop, teachers will work with a paleontologist and an artist to:

  • demonstrate how dinosaur tracks provide evidence for dinosaur anatomy, behavior and ecology;
  • investigate characteristics shared by birds and extinct dinosaurs;
  • learn how to draw birds and other dinosaurs;
  • collect and analyze data from dinosaur trackways to hypothesize locomotory behavior; and  
  • evaluate and appreciate artwork depicting dinosaurs and ancient environments.

Teachers will participate in inquiry-based activities using TMM specimens and educational materials. 

This training is designed for 3rd through 8th grade educators. We especially encourage participation by educators teaching a majority of students who are underrepresented in the sciences, including females, Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans.

Each teacher will receive:

  • curriculum aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS);
  • the books The Great Dinosaur Discoveries, by Darren Naish and Draw 50 Dinosaurs by Lee J. Ames; 
  • a notebook and set of art supplies;
  • opportunity to check out a “loaner kit” of specimens & tools used in the training;
  • credit for 6 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) and 6 hours G/T science (TAGT);
  • lunch; and
  • parking.

Workshop date: Saturday, February 8, 2014; 9 am to 4 pm

Workshop Location: Lake Austin Center (LAC), 3001 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Cost: FREE! (a $30 deposit, refunded upon completion of the workshop, will be required to complete registration).


To register, send an email to Pamela R. Owen at and provide the following information:

Mailing Address
Phone Number
Grade(s) and Subject(s) Taught
Lunch Option: Omnivore or Herbivore


Financial support for Discovering the Art & Science of Tracking Dinosaurs is provided by the National Science Foundation funded BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.