Friday, February 14, 2014

Learn about mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and more March 8

Amanda Drewicz, a paleontologist in the NSF GK-12 Fellows program at Boise State University, will teach families about "Mammoths and Tigers and Sloths, Oh My!” on March 8 at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road.

The free drop-in program for all ages meets from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second Saturday of March. No registration is required.

Take a walk back in time when large animals roamed the earth and ice covered much of the West. Learn about the mammoths, mastodons, saber toothed-cats, dire wolves, and giant sloths that lived and went extinct 100,000 – 10,000 years ago during the late Pleistocene. Explore the different theories about why these animals disappeared. Become a paleontologist for the day and go on a fossil dig, build a 3-D ice age animal, compare the climate then and now, and learn what the past can tell us about the future.

Operated by Boise Parks & Recreation, the Foothills Learning Center offers free classroom lessons and field trips to school-aged students. To get here, take 8th St. north through Boise’s North End. From the end of the pavement go 1/3 mile farther.  For information, see the Boise Environmental Education website, call (208) 493-2530 TDD/TTY 800-377-3529 or email us at FLC-Parks@cityofboise.org.