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Remaining Dino Discovery

in Golden Gate Park

This fall, sink your teeth into prehistoric fun in Golden Gate Park, where dinosaurs and ancient plants spring to life at three unique destinations. San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers are all offering a variety of dinosaur-themed programs and events, and are all within easy walking distance of one another.

At San Francisco Botanical Garden, find yourself immersed in the Ancient Plant Garden featuring an elevated boardwalk and plants from the Early Devonian through Eocene epoch. Docent led walks, self-guided walks with new interpretive signage, along with themed crafts, and prehistoric story times will help you travel back through time.

At the California Academy of Sciences, travel through time and learn about the fascinating animals that once roamed the Earth during the Jurassic in the Park series of programs and events running from September 4 – November 15, 2012. This new series focuses on the evolution of dinosaurs, sharks, birds, and living fossils that still call this planet home and features the 3D show, Dinosaurs Alive! All programs are free with Academy admission unless otherwise noted.


Dino Events for KidsDino Discovery Activities for Families

Youth Dino Terrariums & Dino Print/Ancient Plant Rubbing

San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
Saturday September 15; Saturday, October 13 and Saturday, November 10 at 12:00pm
Join us at the Botanical Garden for hands-on fun with plants and great take-home creations for kids ages 3-10.
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Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Show

California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive
Shows daily (starting September 4)
See the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous brought to life in the 3D show Dinosaurs Alive! The show, which will play daily in the Forum Theater, follows renowned paleontologists as they discover new fossils and uncover evidence that dinosaur descendants are still among us, and features realistic and scientifically-accurate computer-generated dinosaurs.
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Sharks to Dinosaurs: A Walk through Time

California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive
Daily at 12:00pm
Uncover the Earth's ancient history and learn about the sharks, tortoises, and dinosaurs that first appeared millions of years ago as you explore the Academy's exhibits. Step back in time and discover the unique adaptations these amazing species developed for thriving and surviving on a planet that was very different from our modern world.
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Saturday Safari

California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive
Saturdays at 11:00am
All ages are invited to African Hall for an imaginary expedition around the corner or around the world. We will navigate with maps to chart our exploration and use props, specimens, storytelling, and songs to set the scene for our travels. A special children's book will be read each week.
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Explore the Ancient Plant Garden Top Dino Discovery Activities for Adults

Daily Tours through the Ancient Plant Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
Every Saturday during Dino Disovery in Golden Gate Park from September – November 3.
Join us for docent-led tours through the Ancient Plant Garden. Meet at the Friend Gate.
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Ancient Plant Guides at our Information Stations

San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
Every Sunday from September 16 – November 4.
Learn more about ancient plants! Bring your questions to our special Ancient Plant information stations every Sunday during Dino Discovery.
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Dino Discovery Sponsors
Cycad. Photo by Joanne Taylor

Cycad in Ancient Plant Garden. Photo by Joanne Taylor.


From any number of purviews in the Ancient Plant Garden, you can imagine dinosaurs grazing just beyond the fern fronds.


Ancient Plant Garden

Footprints. Photo by Ron Sullivan.

Ancient Plant Garden

Gunnera tinctoria. Photo by Poetic Shutterbug.

ADMISSION FREE: all San Francisco City & County Residents, Members & School Groups     /     $7 Non-residents     /     Discounted fee: Seniors, Students & Children     |     We are located at the corner of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park.     |     (415) 661-1316

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