Paleontology Lesson with BK Bones, Nov. 16, 4:30pm, Laura's LibraryYou can probably name some fascinating prehistoric creatures. But is each one of them actually a dinosaur, or NOT? You might be surprised! What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur? You’ll definitely know after this presentation and be well on your way to being a paleo expert! Paleontologist BK Bones will bring a bit of the prehistoric to you by showing fossil replicas, sharing fascinating facts, and even getting you on your feet like a dinosaur. Be ready to meet BK Bones’s baby dinosaur puppet pal!

BK Bones, aka Bethany Burke, is a paleontologist and science educator who shares her passion for the prehistoric with engaging talks and lively demonstrations designed for preschool and school-aged children.

BK Bones’s presentations combine Bethany’s life-long interest in all things prehistoric with her joy of working with children. On the science side, she is a certified fossil preparator and member of many paleontological societies. A recent highlight for her was serving as a field intern at the Montana Dinosaur Center where she conducted field research at the dig site, prepped fossils in the lab, and led museum tours. In the education field, Bethany has been a preschool lead teacher and has worked with older children at camps and clubs where she has taught art, theater, and STEAM lessons.

These days Bethany’s favorite dinosaur is Spinosaurus, the only known semi-aquatic dinosaur. Bethany is quick to point out that paleontology isn’t all about dinosaurs, though. Her favorite prehistoric marine reptile, and her favorite ancient creatures of all, are the apex predators the Mosasaurs.