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Big Elm Elementary Students 'Walk with the Dinosaurs'

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The "Walking with Dinosaurs" exhibit at the Harrison County 4H Center lets kids learn about their favorite dinosaur, while seeing museum quality fossils right in their own backyard.

"We really wanted to bring in some really quality museum type pieces for these kids to see and many wouldn't get to see them otherwise. We have 30 foot skeletons of a T-Rex and Tsintaosaurus here," said Mike Book, Director of Harrison County Parks and Recreation.

The exhibit at the 4H center comes from a Barrackville resident and paleontologist Ray Garton.

Book said the kids get to learn about dinosaurs through hands-on activities.

"We have a lot of hands-on things. We have real dinosaur bones for them to touch and see what they are like and the size of things. One group is doing prehistoric West Virginia, one group is learning about the size of dinosaurs and what they eat. The most popular is the dinosaur dig where they dig dinosaur bones and have to reconstruct the skeleton," explained Book.

The exhibit has only been open a week, but has already had more than 1000 visitors.

On Friday third graders from Big Elm Elementary got to see the exhibit.

Book said the exhibit is booked every day with school groups, and it is open to the public in the evenings and on Sundays.

While the students agreed the exhibit was fun, they also learned a lot too.

Delaney Haller, McKinnley Riley

"When they eat too much they have these rocks that are gizzards and that helps them, and they walk to digest the food," explained McKinnley Riley, a third grader at Big Elm.

Riley's classmate Delaney Haller agreed that it was fun to learn about the dinosaurs.

"All of the dinosaurs are different sizes and it really is fun because some are bigger than others and they can eat different ones," Haller said.

The exhibit will be available until the end of March.

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