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Across Alberta: Badlands, Dinosaurs and the Rocky Mountains


North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W Jones St 27601 Raleigh United States
This 7-day Adventure is a dramatic 750-mile journey between dissected badlands exposing a dinosaur-inhabited coastal plain from 70 million years ago and glaciated mountains carved out of limestones with coral reefs from 300 million years ago which were thrust eastward 80-55 million years ago. Between these UNESCO World Heritage Sites and their contrasting wildlife, enjoy the scenic Red Deer River Valley, and a special backstage tour of the acclaimed Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller. As well, experience Prairie life, take a gondola ride and glacier walk in the Rockies, and attend private receptions at two museums. Deluxe hotels culminate this Adventure.

Deadline to sign up: April 15

More details: http://naturalsciences.org/connect-with-nature/across-alberta

Emlyn Koster, PhD, heads the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and is a former President of the Geological Association of Canada. From 1986-91, he led geological survey projects at the Alberta Research Council, directed Alberta's Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, and conducted field studies in Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park. Leader of last year's first Connect-to-Nature Adventure, Emlyn will again be assisted by several Alberta museum and park colleagues.

Alberta Culture and Tourism, Alberta Environment and Parks; Brewster Travel Canada; Delta Airlines.

The climate of southern Alberta ranges from semi-arid to sub-alpine. In Dinosaur Provincial Park, August's average high/low are 79°/51°F with extremes of 99°/33°F. In Banff, August's average high/low are 70°/45°F with extremes of 91°/-15°F. Dress is casual in layers with sturdy footwear for daytime and business casual for receptions and dinners in Banff and Calgary.

The total per person cost is $4,250 for Members, and $4,450 for non-Members, for double room occupancy ($960 extra for single occupancy). This includes group-rate economy fares from/to Raleigh and Calgary, and in Alberta all ground transportation, guides, all accommodations, meals with dinner wine, fees, receptions, and speakers. A passport valid for at least three more months is required. Personal travel/health insurance is recommended.

For any questions about this Adventure, including cancellation policy and liability coverage details, please contact cassandra.williams@naturalsciences.org, 919-707-9802. To become a Member, please contact lisa.dziepak@naturalsciences.org, 919-707-9848.

To secure your space(s), please register at http://naturalsciences.org/alberta: you may also informally reserve space by contacting cassandra.williams@naturalsciences.org, 919.707.9802. Either way, full payment is due no later than April 15, 2016. Reservations will be acknowledged in their order of receipt until the maximum of 26 is reached, after which a wait list will be used in the event of any cancellations.