Fossil Park hosts program for visually impaired children

Fossil Park hosts program for visually impaired children


Officials at Rowan University put together a special program on Wednesday, August 16th, to give some lucky kids a chance to find buried prehistoric treasure.

The Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University invited 20 visually impaired elementary school students to become mini-paleontologists.

With assistance from the Cherry Hill Office of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind, the park's fossil discovery workshop was redesigned to make it easier for everyone to enjoy a piece of prehistoric history.

"It's a magical moment, you can see the light go off in their eyes," said Heather Simmons associate director of Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University.

"When a child is in the dirt, their hands are dirty, they're wet and they're muddy and they find a fossil that's 65 million years old and they realize they're the first human being to ever have contact with that piece of earth's history, that moment sets off a light bulb and it's forever changing for these students."

The program included a brief lesson that featured 3D printed and casted models of actual fossils that were found in the fossil park including some from a prehistoric crocodile.

The students also had the chance to head down into the quarry to dig up their own fossilized marine life.


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Date Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:00
Source URL: SNJ Today News