Dinosaur Day and Science Fest is Back

April 21, 2022
Cartoon of mammoth announcing Dino Day event that says: Extinction! Rise of the Ice Age
Register to attend Dinosaur for a mammoth sighting and more.

After a long pandemic freeze, Dinosaur Day and Science Fest has finally thawed! Sierra College Natural History Museum (SCHNM) is excited to announce its annual science festival this May 1, 2022!

This is a fun educational experience for all ages, focusing on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and so much more.

Truly, this year will be a “welcome back to the Museum”/community goodwill endeavor with the overarching goal of demonstrating the importance of science in our everyday lives.

The theme for 2022 is “Extinction: Rise of the Ice Age”. Think: mammoths, mastodons, the Pleistocene, saber- tooth cats, etc… We will still have lots of dinosaurs though—it is called Dinosaur Day, after all!

SCNHM is allotting 3,000 total tickets this year, divided between two separate admission periods so as to allow for proper social distancing and more efficient crowd management. A sanitization break will be from 12:30pm-1pm so that event staff may clean and disinfect their booths. Masks are encouraged, but not required at the predominately outdoor event.

Where to Purchase Tickets

Tickets will be online purchase ONLY. No walk-up tickets will be sold on event day. Tickets are first come, first served.

Ticket reservations are available on:

Ticket Prices

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Children 5-17 years: $5.00
  • Children under 4 years: FREE

Check out just a few of the exciting activities that we’ve added to this year’s MAMMOTH schedule of events:

  • Real Dinosaur Fossil Preparation
  • Paleontology “Dino Dig” Sandbox
  • West Coast Falconry
  • Bohart Museum of Entomology/UC Davis
  • Save the Snakes
  • NorCal Bats
  • Roseville Rock Rollers Gem and Mineral Society
  • Sacramento Audubon Society
  • Placer County Museums Division
  • Global Marketplace

We also have the return of fan favorites such as physics explosions, chemistry demonstrations, and anatomy dissections. Would-be scientists can pan for gold, build a model solar system, or formulate slime! There will also be opportunities to design your own t-shirt*.

Attendees can meet real paleontologists and watch them prepare fossils. There will also be live raptors, snakes, bats, lizards, and insects. Kids can dig for fossils in the fossil sandbox, watch a dinosaur being transported in its crate, and make arts and crafts to take home!

Be sure to join us at 2:00pm (PST) for the special unveiling and naming ceremony of the Museum’s Dinosaur Day mascot, a plush life-size “baby” woolly mammoth!

Make a day of it and enjoy a meal from one of our delicious food vendors:

  • About That Chicken
  • Happy Cow Ice Cream
  • Fry Guys
  • West Coast Tacos
  • Carnival Food Truck
  • Snowie King Shaved Ice

Don’t forget to bring some extra spending money for the cool paleo-merchandise for sale in the Museum’s DinoStore, at the SCNHM t-shirt kiosk, or via Usborne Books and Prehistoric Times magazine vendor booths. (*T- shirts are not included in admission ticket/sold separately.)

About the SCHNM

The Sierra College Natural History Museum (SCNHM) is a program fund of the Sierra College Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Proceeds benefit the Museum’s operational, educational, and exhibitory initiatives. The Museum would like to thank Sierra College Division of Science and Mathematics, Sierra College Foundation, SCNHM Membership, and Cool Land & Homes by Keller Williams for this year’s event support and sponsorship.

SCNHM’s mission is to spark curiosity and understanding of your natural world.