Did you know that Laurel, Maryland in Prince George’s County is home to one of the largest concentrations of dinosaur fossils on the East Coast? Well, it’s true; Dinosaur Park, a member of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, invites you to try your hand at digging up authentic, pre-historic dinosaur bones!
Dinosaur Park is also home to the Maryland state dinosaur (yes, Maryland has a state dino!), Astrodon johnstoni. When you visit the park, you will have the rare opportunity to observe and assist real paleontologists in searching for the fossil remains of dinosaurs, as well as plants, and early mammals.
The fossils that have been un-earthed at Dinosaur Park are from the Early Cretaceous Period, which means they are over 110 million years old! The park is open from noon to 4pm on the first and third Saturday of each month (weather permitting). Young children are welcome, though there is no climbing allowed at the park, so be sure to keep them close. There are also no shovels or tools permitted at the park. Visitors are invited only to observe the parts of the hillside that have been exposed by rainfall.
Thanks to Bowie Living for blogging about this pre-historic gem!
6600 Kenilworth Avenue
Riverdale, MD 20737