Direct From The Fossil Record

Direct From The Fossil Record

Suitable for Grades 3-7


June 1, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 AM (MT)


Virtually via YouTube


Per class online (up to 35 students): $100

Individual Student/Household: $5


Best suited for grades 3-7

For the record, this Direct From is absolutely dino-mite!

When are dinosaurs not cool? Spark is calling all students from grades 3-7 to test out their palaeontological skills for Direct From the Fossil Record. Coming virtually from the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, this Direct From will show students how to unearth the palaeontological mysteries of Northern Alberta.

Alberta is famous for its amazing dinosaur fossil record; however, the dino diversity of some areas of the province have long been overlooked. The late Cretaceous rocks of the Grande Prairie area in northwestern Alberta are rich in fossils and represent an important time and place in prehistory that has much to teach us about the dinosaurs of Alberta. The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is dedicated to exploring, preserving, and showing off the unique and wonderful fossil record of a new frontier of palaeontology in western Canada – join Spark in this exploration!



$100 per class (up to 35 students)

via Streamyard

Individual Student/Household: $5

Dates & Times

June 1, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 AM (MT)

Curriculum Ties

Grade 3: Rocks and Minerals; Animal Life Cycles (Extinction)

Grade 4: Alberta: A Sense of the Land; Life Roles and Career Development

Grade 5: Physical Geography of Canada; Life Roles and Career Development

Grade 6: Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways; Life Roles and Career Development

Grade 7: Planet Earth; Life Roles and Career Development

About the Dinosaur Museum

Mission statement of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum: The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is an international institution for experiential learning dedicated to Alberta’s palaeontological heritage, through research, collection, preservation, exhibition, public programming, publications and innovative outreach.

Learn More

For more information please contact [email protected] or call 403.817.6802

Individual Bookings Class Bookings

Dr. Emily Bamforth

Dr. Emily Bamforth is the Museum Curator at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, AB. Dr. Bamforth decided to be a paleontologist at the age of four, after visiting a travelling exhibit of Chinese dinosaurs in the UK. She grew up as a dinosaur-loving kid in Edmonton and spent many happy summers exploring the badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park and Drumheller. She completed a BSc degree in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Alberta, which sparked a fascination in the origin of complex multicellular life on Earth. She went on to do a MSc degree at Queens University in Kingston, ON, studying a bizarre half-billion-year-old group of organisms known as the Ediacara biota, preserved at Mistaken Point, Newfoundland. Returning to her first love (dinosaurs), Dr. Bamforth went on to do a PhD at McGill University, with a thesis based on the dinosaur mass extinction in Saskatchewan. After graduating in 2014, she went on work as a paleontologist with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, where her research focused on Late Cretaceous and early Cenozoic paleoecology and paleobotany. She accepted the position of Museum Curator at the Philip J. Currie Museum in January 2022. Dr. Bamforth loves the teaching/mentoring and field research aspects of her job and is an active member of the Canadian paleontology community. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, photography, singing and playing handbells.

Experience Spark Science from Home!

Enjoy a collection of self-guided lesson plans, educational videos, science experiments, and live events for more Spark Science from Home.

Learn more More Virtual Programs