Message #116: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Virtual Fossils (including Petrified Forest National Park) Date: Thu, 25 Apr 96 08:51:00 MST Encoding: 23 TEXT From: Anne Vawser Badlands Mixes Fossils, Partners and CD-ROM A CD-ROM produced by Badlands and a group of partners is giving users a chance to look in on a "virtual dig." It includes a map of the fossil resources in the National Park System, a digital tour of a portion of the National Museum of Natural History, a field "log" for young and less-young paleontologists to maintain, and many other activities to provide in-depth information on the importance of protecting our fossil past. The product, "Fossil Resources in the National Parks: Paleontology CD ROM" was a National Park Foundation honorable mention project in the National Park Partnership Leadership Award in education and interpretation last year. Badlands education specialist Chris Niewold led collaborators through the production of the CD ROM, which is targeted to reach middle and high school age students. Partners included Badlands Natural History Association, several parks (including Dinosaur, Petrified Forest, Fossil Butte, Florissant Fossil Beds, Hagerman Fossil Beds, John Day Fossil Beds and Grand Canyon), Kansas State University, South Dakota Public Television, and the National Museum of Natural History. National Resource Protection and Preservation Funds were the seed money for the project. The CD will be a sales item later this year.