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Spinal Cord Injury Alberta

To empower persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence and full community participation.  

Mieke de Groot, Regional Program Coordinator in Grande PrairieFormerly known as the Canadian Paraplegic Association of Alberta, the office of the Spinal Cord Injury of Alberta  (also known as SCI Alberta) Grande Prairie Region can be found in Grande Prairie`s Eastlink Centre. This office serves north-western Alberta which spans from Grande Cache to High Level and the BC Border to High Prairie.  The mission of this charitable organization is  To empower persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence and full community participation.  

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Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Dedicated to Alberta’s palaeontological heritage.

The River of Death & Discovery Dinosaur Museum (RDDDM) Society was formed in 2010, when the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 created the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Museum Initiative.  The purpose of this venture was to design, fund, and build a dinosaur museum on a 10-acre parcel of land located in Wembley, Alberta, after the discovery of dinosaur fossils in the area. The RDDDM succeeded in this goal and now operates the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, which is named after Canada’s leading palaeontologist. The Museum has quickly become one of the Peace Country’s biggest tourist attraction, winning multiple awards, and has already surpassed 110,000 visitors since opening in September, 2015.  The Museum has just celebrated its one year anniversary on September 9th with its 2016 Amber Ball.

The architectural marvel is located in a prime location between the city of Grande Prairie and the teeming dinosaur fossil-beds of Pipestone Creek on Highway 43.  This top of the line facility features broad gallery spaces, two classrooms for multiple education programs, research and collections areas, an outdoor discovery fossil walk (during the summer), tourist services and a 70-seat theater, which is currently Canada’s only National Geographic designated theatre.  The Museum is also home to the Dine-O-Saur restaurant and Kaleidosaur gift shop.  The main gallery of the museum features impressive displays of the five newly named dinosaurs from our province, that have never been shown as reconstructions anywhere else in the world and the diversity of life in the Wapiti Formation ecosystem.  The museum has a partnerships with the Grande Prairie Regional College and University of Alberta, and have also partnered with the Royal Tyrell Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Volunteers at the museum have the opportunity to learn about palaeontology, geology and ancient history, while helping in various areas of museum operations from giving tours, assisting with educational programing, visitor service, crowd interactions as the museum mascot Alan the Tyrannosaurus, and aid with various social and fundraising events, they also hope to have volunteer lab positions in the near future.  The museum’s volunteer program is for anyone interested in being part of a team, and accept volunteers of all ages and abilities. Speaking with Brittany Kelsey, the museum’s Visitor Service Coordinator, volunteers are supported with training and knowledge of various positions and the great museum staff help educate them for the visitor tours. Volunteers are also needed for assisting in community events as the museum tries its best to be active in the community, they try to participate in all events they are invited to in the Peace Region.  If interested in volunteering at the museum please visit their volunteer page by clicking here for current openings and to fill out their application form.

Upcoming events at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum:

September 24: Lecture Series: Derek Larson ‘The teeth and diet of modern monitor lizards and extinct meat-eating dinosaurs’ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 15: Lecture Series: Scott Raymond ‘Andean Civilization before the Incas’ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 21: Fossil ID Drop-In 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

October 21: Night at the Museum 7:30 pm - 9:00 am

For more information go to www.dinomuseum.ca and follow them on Facebook@curriemuseum and on Twitter @CurrieMuseum

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