Tyler Junior College

TJC, DSP collaborate on Jurassic Summer

Published Friday, 17th May 2013

People of East Texas, prepare yourselves. Dinosaurs are coming to Tyler.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends, the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College and Discovery Science Place will collaborate for Jurassic Summer, which offers three dinosaur adventures at the two venues for one ticket price.

Jurassic Summer runs Saturday, May 25, through Sunday, Sept. 1.

Combination tickets, which include entry into Discovery Science Place as well as TJC’s Center for Earth & Space Science Education exhibit and domed theater show, are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets can be purchased at either location or online at www.jurassicsummer.com.

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education is located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, closed Mondays. Call 903-510-2312 for more information.

Discovery Science Place is located at 308 N. Broadway Ave. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 903-533-8011 for more information.

“Merging our summer dinosaur exhibits into one, giant event was too big of an opportunity for us to pass up,” said Dr. Tom Hooten, director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC. “This is the first of what we hope will be many collaborative efforts between TJC’s science center and Discovery Science Place.”

At the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC, visitors can enjoy two dinosaur adventures.

First, “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” will immerse viewers – via a 40-foot, domed theater show – to the fathoms below for a swim alongside marine reptiles that have been extinct for millions of years.

“Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” is sponsored by Austin Bank.

In the TJC science center exhibit hall, visitors can experience “Origins: The Dawn of Dinosaurs,” which houses life-size dinosaur models, their mammal-like prey, original fossil wood and volcanic ash. Visitors can explore radiometric dating, evidence of the ancient environment, and clues to the Triassic climate.

“Origins: The Dawn of Dinosaurs” is sponsored by Eubanks Harris Roberts Craig Architects Inc., and Henry & Peters PC.

Across town, Discovery Science Place will host “Age of the Dinosaur” a 2,500-square-foot exhibit featuring animatronic, prehistoric creatures with life-like features and movements.

This exhibit is a nod to the opening of Discovery Science Place 20 years ago, when dinosaurs were also the featured attraction. As part of this traveling exhibit, guests can experience dinosaurs up close. Designers worked closely with some of the nation’s most prominent paleontologists and developed these creatures to be as scientifically accurate as possible.

“The creatures in ‘Age of the Dinosaur’ are incredible,” said Phil Lindsey, CEO of Discovery Science Place. “Twenty years ago, when Discovery Science Place first opened its doors, it did so with giant dinosaurs. We are excited to have them back for this momentous anniversary.”

Media sponsors are CBS 19 and Suddenlink Communications.

Author: Elise Mullinix

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