Paper No. 96-13
Presentation Time: 11:35 AM
THE GRAND HISTORY OF INTERPRETING PALEONTOLOGICAL RESOURCES AT GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Within the many units of the National Park Service, visitors marvel at the scenic vistas set aside for their enjoyment, gaze at the wildlife managed by park scientists, and imagine ancient cultures occupying preserved ruins. One of the things the National Park Service does best is convey information about their park resources to the public through informative wayside signs and engaging ranger programs. Grand Canyon National Park is no different, particularly with their paleontological resources. From early geologists describing fossils in the canyon walls, to hardworking Civilian Conservation Corps crews constructing exhibits, to current paleontologists conducting inventories and planning outreach events, paleontology has always been, and continues to be, an important facet of this iconic landscape. Nearly every layer exposed by the Colorado River contains examples of prehistoric life, providing park scientists and interpretive staff a myriad of ways to collaborate. In recognition of Grand Canyon National Park’s centennial anniversary, the stories presented here celebrate the progress of paleontological outreach over the past 100 years and inspire continued interpretive advancement in the many years to come.