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Events at Dinosaur Ridge

The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, with the help of sponsors and special guests, organize dozens of programs each year for the public, Scout groups, and science organizations.  These special events occur mostly through the Spring, Summer, and early Fall, though our Fireside Chat lecture series goes through the winter.

We have programs for various ages, from our Dinosaur Discovery Days (all ages) to our Fireside Chats and Hike With series’ (adults).  Please call the Visitor Center ahead of time to verify the age appropriateness of a program before attending.

Browse our events page to find a family–friendly activity your whole group can enjoy!


Upcoming events:


Free Talk: Bone-Headed Dinosaurs, Wednesday, November 25, 7 p.m.

Join us for a FREE evening lecture on thick-skulled dinosaurs, the pachycephalosaurs (pack-ee-seff-uh-low-sores ). Kids have been able to say that dinosaur name for eons, yet it always tricks up us older folks. Learn not only how to pronounce this and other awkward dino names, but also everything about these strange-looking, bone-headed dinosaurs! 

Come on over at 7 p.m. to see a presentation done by Erin LaCount on critters that butted heads like these unique dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center (C470 and Alameda Parkway). Recommended for adults only (12 years and older). We'll be setting up in the Exhibit Hall area (wheelchair accessible).


TriceraTOTS - Wednesday, December 2, 10 a.m.

A story-time and craft program geared toward 2-5 year old kids. Siblings welcome! $5 per child, adults free. Included is free admission to Trek Through Time for the day. RSVP with Erin LaCount at (or send us a message on our Facebook Page.) NOTE: This event will now take place at the new Discovery Center located at 17681 W Alameda Pkwy, Golden, CO 80402 - Red Rocks Entrance #1.


Holiday Party - Saturday, December 5, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us and decorate some fun dinosaur ornaments for the holidays! Free event.


Lecture: Non-Dinosaurs, The Mammals – Wednesday, December 30, 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening lecture on those wonderful, warm-blooded ancestors of ours! Learn about the mammals that coexisted with the largest animals to walk the earth and see which ones survived the extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous to evolve into some of the most impressive living things to date! Come on over this evening to see a presentation done by Erin LaCount on us and our mammal ancestors! FREE! 7PM-8:30PM located at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center (C470 and Alameda Parkway). Recommended for adults only (12 years and older).



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