Wagner on the Weekend

Saturday, October 22, 2016


A Spooky Creature Feature

12:00 - 4:00 PM

Please register here for this free event

Come in Costume!


Phenacodus primaevus (Cope). Wasatch Eocene, Big-Horn Basin, Wyoming.

British Museum : 1896.


The Wagner Free Institute of Science’s annual Halloween event is back again with a new theme, BONES!  Why do animals need to have skeletons? Why are only the bones left over to become fossils most of the time? How do paleontologists know where to look for fossils? Find out the answer to these questions and more at the Spooky Creature Feature.

Meet Dr. Jason Downs, a biology professor at Delaware Valley University, as he talks about the excavations he works on in the High Arctic. Dr. Downs will speak twice throughout the afternoon about his fossil research experiences. After the first presentation, the Wagner will host an exclusive opening of a fossil jacket. We have an idea what’s inside, but we’re not sharing, so join us for a surprise that is certain to be an exciting moment. Here is the schedule for the afternoon:

12:00pm: Doors open—all are welcome to explore lecture hall and do scavenger hunts and crafts in the museum throughout the afternoon
1:00pm: Jason Downs' first presentation
1:45pm: Fossil jacket opening
2:30pm: Jason Downs' second presentation

Also throughout the afternoon, children and adults are invited to explore the Wagner museum gallery, where Wagner educators will lead a scavenger hunt and Halloween crafts. When Dr. Downs is not presenting, he will take on the role of “resident bone detective” and identify any bones or vertebrate fossils that you’ve found!


Visitors are encouraged to come in costume!

Admission is FREE. Donations of $10 for adults and $5 for children are suggested, but any amount helps to support the Institute's mission.

Activities are geared towards children aged 6-12 and their families, but visitors of all ages are sure to enjoy the day!

If you have questions … Call: (215) 763-6529 x17 or Email



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