Grab your family and friends and join a fascinating time that
only dinosaurs and trains can bring together.
Roar...take a ride back to the Jurassic Period on the Dinosaur
Patterned after the hit PBS Television cartoon series, families
take an adventurous ride to the Nature Trackers Activity Area
where they explore, play and learn about life science, natural
history and dinosaurs. Guests will meet their favorite T-rex,
Buddy, find real fossils and dig for dinosaur bones! There is
also music, giant dinosaurs and merchandise!
YOU PURCHASE DINOSAUR TRAIN TICKETS YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY
ABLE TO BUY POLAR EXPRESS TICKETS
ONE DAY EARLY
On July 31st at midnight
purchase Polar Express Tickets. You will need your ORDER NUMBER
(all 6 digits including the zero) and your LAST NAME you used to
order the tickets. Print out your dinosaur Train confirmation
page so you have this information available. Once you enter your
ORDER number and LAST NAME you used to order the Dinosaur Train
tickets, you will be allowed to purchase Polar Express tickets
one day early.
Steam train ride to the
Nature Trackers Activity Area
Nature Trackers Membership
After participating in the challenges at the
activity/exploration area, membership cards will be distributed
to children on the train journey back to the depot.
Nature Trackers Club Guide Book
In partnership with PBS, children will have the opportunity to
join the Nature Trackers Club by participating in activities at
the activity/exploration area. Nature Trackers Club Guide Books
will be distributed on the outbound trip to the
activity/exploration area. The guidebooks contain challenges
that correspond to activities they will participate in at the
passenger will be provided a souvenir Dinosaur Train ticket.
NATURE TRACKERS ACTIVITY AREA:
Dinosaur Footprints (Challenge #1 TRACKING)
Follow the life-sized dinosaur footprints on the ground and
figure out which prints belong to which inflatable dinosaur?!
Kids will see some of their favorite characters from the show!
The Ol’ Susquehanna Mine
(Challenge #2 COLLECTING)
Each Guest takes the mine tour and learns about the unique
history of the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine. After witnessing the
exploding mine shaft and history tour the guests learn how to
pan for fossils! Each guest receives a bag of fossil bearing
ore. There are over 20 different fossils along with a beautiful
Inflatable Dinosaur Display
inflatable dinosaurs right from the show!
Photos with Buddy
Free photo opportunities with Buddy will be available at the
Dinosaur Train themed temporary tattoos to children’s faces,
arms or hands at the Activity Area.
Spin Art Area
some wile creations with the spin art machine!
Excavation Area – Dinosaur Dig! (Challenge #3 CONSERVATION)
Guests will participate in a real archeology dig and find
Field Paleontologists Mike and
Roberta Straka will take you on a scientific
exploration highlighting the world of dinosaurs, fossils and
rocks/minerals. Each summer, the team explores the Badlands of
North and South Dakota excavating dinosaurs.
This fun-filled wow-factor show
will cover the formation of fossils and herbivores vs.
carnivores. We will discuss our work as field paleontologist and
our background in geology in a relatable way with entertainment,
humor, magic and real fossils. The presentation will feature:
* “Mr. Nixon”, a real eight foot
Triceratops skull discovered by our team in 1996 and is 67
million years old
* A real Albertosaurus skull will
highlight the features of a carnivore.
* Original music
* show & tell with rare fossils
* a touch of magic which includes
a special “egg magic trick” which segues to *presentation of a
real dinosaur egg fossil
* “Dinosaur Game Show” will round out
the Nature Trackers Club?
Train Nature Trackers Club is a community of young children, their
families and educators committed to learning about nature and doing
good things for their environment. Nature Trackers enjoy exploring
and having adventures, respecting their environment, collecting
things, tracking and observing plants and animals, and challenging
themselves to get outside and make discoveries every day. We post
new Nature Trackers Challenges monthly – sign up for our
to get them sent right to you inbox!
I become a Nature Tracker?
Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don formed a Nature
Trackers Club and you can join too! Print out the Nature Trackers
Guide Book to get started. All you need to do is complete a Nature
Trackers Challenge, and you’re on your way! And to receive your
official Nature Trackers token, complete all four challenges and
mail in the membership form included in the Guide Book.* You can
also print out your own Nature Trackers Club sign to mark your
And remember, the first rule of the Nature Trackers club is to have