HAYS, KS -- All K-12 teachers from eight counties are invited to a special Teachers Reception at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive, during the grand opening weekend of "Jurassic Park: The Life and Death of Dinosaurs" exhibit.
Teachers from Ellis, Graham, Gove, Ness, Osborne, Phillips, Rooks, Rush, Russell or Trego counties are invited. Museum admission is complimentary to teachers during this time.
The reception will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the museum. The reception is being sponsored by Rick and Gail Kuehl, owners of McDonald's Restaurants of Hays, Russell and WaKeeney, and President and Mrs. Edward H. Hammond of Fort Hays State University.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served in the Engel Educational Center on the third floor of the museum.
Don "Dino Don" Lessem, who produced the exhibit in cooperation with Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, will be at the reception to visit with teachers. He has written numerous adult and children's books on natural history and humor and is the author of natural history films for NOVA and the Learning Channel.
Teachers are asked to RSVP by Jan. 29 by calling the McDonald's office at (785) 625-4144.
The centerpiece of "Jurassic Park: The Life and Death of Dinosaurs" is a fossil cast of Giganotosaurus (JIG-a-NO-to-SAW-rus), a creature even larger and more awe inspiring than the tyrannosaur known as Sue. The exhibit also includes several newly-found species never before seen in North America, among them a dozen mounted skeletons in addition to the Giganotosaurus. It also has props from the Jurassic Park and Lost World movies and "fleshed out" dinosaur sculptures.
Grand opening ceremonies for the exhibit will be Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m.
"Jurassic Park: The Life and Death of Dinosaurs" is a production of Dinosaur Exhibitions under license from Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment. All Universal/Amblin royalties and a portion of ticket revenues are donated to international dinosaur research.