Denver Museum curator to be ‘Discovery’ speaker April 25

       Kirk Johnson, chief curator of paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will be the second speaker in the Decade of Discovery series - a symposium about the Garden of the Gods that will feature three presentations in all.
       Johnson's presentation is scheduled Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at Slocum Commons on the Colorado College campus. The title will be “Crocodiles in Colorado Springs: Using Local Fossils to Visualize Lost Worlds.” Johnson will talk about the 70 million-year-old rocks that underlie the region.
       Like all the “Decade” talks, admission is free; however, donations are welcome because the series is sponsored by the Garden of the Gods Foundation as part of a summer-long effort to raise additional maintenance funds for the Garden.
       First up in the Decade of Discovery series will be Bill Arbogast, a research instructor in the UCCS Anthropology Department, this Monday, April 18, also at 7 p.m. in Slocum. He will discuss archeological sites in the Garden of the Gods and nearby areas and where they fit in the known prehistory of North America.
       The “Summer of Celebration” events are commemorating the Garden of the Gods Foundation's 10th anniversary.
       The third “Discovery” speaker will be May 2. Jim Ebersole, Colorado College Biology Department co-chair. He will discuss the Garden's ecology and how to restore it.
       Coming Saturday... In another Summer of Celebration event, the Foundation will sponsor Earth Day activities outside the Visitor Center at the Garden of the Gods Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The schedule includes live wild animals, free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch, guided walks, Indian dancing and live music.
       For more information on Garden of the Gods Foundation events, call 219-0108.

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