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The Western Interior Paleontological Society provides this free listing of earth science and nature events as a service to the public. To submit events for this online listing and our newsletter (published May through September), please send text to the

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Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) Meeting
First Mondays

WIPS meets the first Monday of the month from September to May (except for the December holiday auction which is held on a Saturday). Join us for great lectures and connect with fellow paleo enthusiasts. Check our home page for the current month's program.

Click WIPS Calendar of Events to see all upcoming WIPS programs, field trips and other events.

The PaleoZone – WIPS Club for Young Paleontologists

A youth program for family members of the Western Interior Paleontological Society. Suitable for children elementary school age and older. If your child or grandchild is interested in joining, please contact Dennis Gertenbach or 303-709-8218. Meets monthly, every third Sunday.


February 12 – What Darwin Got Wrong

Darwin Day talk by Jeff Mitton, University of Colorado, at 6:30 p.m. at the Secular Hub, 3100 Downing St., Unit C, Denver Read more

February 13 – Ammonites and their Cousins: Predators of the Cretaceous

A presentation by WIPS past president Dennis Gertenbach at the monthly meeting of the Caņon City Geology Club. Appropriate for all ages 10 years old and older. No scientific background necessary. Read more

February 16 – Late Neogene Tectonic and Volcanic Fragmentation and Middle Pleistocene Climate-Driven Drainage Integration of the Southern Rocky Mountains

Colorado Scientific Society meeting at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, Lakewood, Colorado. Read more

February 18 – Nonfiction Writing Class with a Focus on Earth Science

Explore how to write about fossils and worlds that belong to the geologic past with WIPS member Steve Veatch. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Read more

February 21 – Pterosaur paleobiology: Insights from photogrammetric Ichnology

A presentation by Brent Breithaupt and Neffra Matthews of the BLM at the Earth Sciences Colloquium, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 3 p.m. in the VIP Room. All are welcome, museum admission and RSVP are not required.

February 24-26 –Denver Gem & Mineral Guild Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, Colorado. 10 a.m-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. See ad in this newsletter. Read more


March 1-29 (Wednesdays) – Invertebrate Paleontology II: Mesozoic and Cenozoic

The modern groups of abundant invertebrates arose from the ashes of the Permian-Triassic extinction. Groups such as mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoids became dominant, and remain so today. Denver Museum of Nature & Science class with Emmett Evanoff, research associate, as your guide, examine the fossil groups that are most important during this second stage of invertebrate history. Read more

March 4 & 5 – Journey to the Jurassic: Exploring the Morrison Formation

10th Western Interior Paleontological Society Founders Symposium. At the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines. More information and registration