VISIT THE MUSEUM
Preparing for your trip to the Early Jurassic!
Explore and Discover
Don’t let the “farm” in our name fool you! The fossils at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm are all housed inside a comfortable building where you’ll find an Early Jurassic ecosystem complete with dinosaurs, plants, fishes, and more. Let us tell you the story of Earth and St. George’s ancient past.
The Museum continues to weather this pandemic while implementing change and planning for the future.
In 2021 we installed three new exhibitions; the first was seven video monitors with short 2-minute clips; the second was an online audio tour that you can find on our website (here); and the third was installed along the north wall of the museum and is titled: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. The Dawn of the Dinosaurs exhibit features a timeline of sites both younger and older than ours and found around Washington County.
In 2022 we began installing the last section of pavers that will complete the flooring project. Paperwork to purchase your own personalized engraved brick ($100) can be found at the front desk. We are also updating the Dawn of the Dinosaur exhibition with new cabinets to be installed in two phases this year. In addition, we are working on revising the Dino Boardwalk signs to include Spanish translations.
We hope you enjoy our new exhibits and we look forward to seeing you soon!
GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE
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SCHOOL GROUPS OR SPECIAL TOUR GROUPS
Please Call 435-574-3466, X2001 or Email Jaleesa Buchwitz at email@example.com to make arrangements
WASHINGTON COUNTY RESIDENTS
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
PLAN YOUR VISIT
To all our amazing visitors: Thank you for sticking with us through these rough years!
HOURS of OPERATION:
Winter Hours: September 1 through February 28 OPEN 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Summer Hours: March 1 through August 31 OPEN 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, closed Tuesdays
Holiday Closures: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
COVID-19 Procedures (updated 1/18/2022)
-wear a mask inside the museum.
-stay home if you are feeling unwell.
-practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet from other visitors.
–wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.
-visit the hand sanitizer stations in the museum after touching surfaces.
Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times.
Never been before? Here’s what to expect:
Come explore the museum at your own pace! The exhibits are all self-guided. (Self-guides translated into various languages available at the bottom of this page or at the front desk upon arrival).
Our museum is fully climate controlled, with water fountains, bathrooms, and seating throughout.
- The Outside Dino Park has picnic tables, a sandbox, and a Walk Through Time exhibit. The picnic area is shaded.
- Walkways and ramps are ADA approved, no stairs to climb
- Large parking lot with handicapped parking spaces, bus/RV parking, and street-side parking
- Walker with built-in seat available upon request
- Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome!
- Drinks in closed containers are welcome. Open drinks with straws, sippy cups, or coffee mugs are prohibited except in the lobby area and outside.
- Please alert the front desk staff if you plan on bringing food into our Dino Park.
- Photography and videography are encouraged!
- Ticket sales close 30 minutes before closing, so get here early!
WHAT YOU’LL SEE
EXHIBITS AND FOSSILS
Start your tour with our “Cast of Characters;” those being the tracks and the animals who likely made them. The first track is the largest at the site, known as a Eubrontes track. These were likely made by Dilophosaurus. Next is the Grallator track, a much smaller track made by a Megapnosaurus-like dinosaur. There are a total of 17 different tracks at the site, can you find them all? Next on your tour, you’ll learn about the Early Jurassic setting, specifically Sedimentary Structures we use to learn about the ancient environment of this area. Can you imagine a large, shallow lake and no mountains, that’s what St. George looked like 200 million years ago. And to finish your tour, you’ll walk onto our boardwalk, getting up close and personal with the intact track surface. Make sure you see the swimming dinosaur tracks, skin impressions, running dinosaur tracks, and the rare crouching dinosaur impression before leaving the site. Click Here for More Details
Take a trip 200 million years into the past! On your visit, you will experience what life was like on the shores of Lake Whitmore during the late Jurassic period. Learners will participate in grade-level appropriate educational activities made to instill curiosity and encourage autonomous learning.
- Field trips must be booked at least 1 month in advance.
- Field trips take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10AM-5PM.
- To qualify for a guided tour, your group must contain at least 10 individuals.
- For groups bringing children, there must be 1 adult per 10 children.
- Bringing lunches? We have an outside park with shaded seating that is perfect for your group!
Join our knowledgeable education staff for a 1 hour guided tour of the museum!
Schools located within the Washington County School District
Free Guided Tours
Schools outside Washington County or other groups
Schools outside Washington County or other groups
Adult (receive 1 complimentary adult admission per 10 children in your group)
Fossil Lab Tour
Join our paleontologists in the lab where they perform all of their work! They will demonstrate to your students what Paleontology in action looks like, including the preparation and care of fossils, the daily duties of our curation staff, and the creation of new exhibits – an awesome opportunity for inquisitive students!
(receive 1 complimentary adult admission per 10 children in your group)
Have you ever wondered how paleontologists discover and record fossil sites? In this activity, learners will discover how paleontologists and archaeologists account for and record their findings in the field! Learners will use a grid system to map out a block with dinosaur tracks on it!
A fun spin on the popular game Oh, Deer! In this activity, learners will gain a greater understanding of resource availability in ecosystems by playing a unique game of tag! Each player is assigned a role – carnivore, herbivore, plants, and the germ – and has to satisfy their environmental needs. At the end of each round, an SGDS education staff member will take inventory of how many players are in which roles and discuss with the class if the ecosystem is sustainable.
In this activity, learners will become paleontologists for a day! Activity participants – guided by one of our knowledgeable education staff members – will be unearthing and learning the difference between trace and body fossils. They will also be using microscopy to identify the fossils.