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.