Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Members of the public are always welcome to join us for our monthly meetings.

Join us on February 18th as well known fossil hunter and story teller PaleoJoe takes you on a trip back in time to learn about the victims and perpetrators, life and death of the prehistoric! Learn the techniques used in the investigation of how these creatures lived and died. See the evidence and discover the stories that are told through Dinosaur CSI. Learn how we know what we know by looking at the dinosaurs themselves for clues.

Anyone who has seen a presentation by Joe knows that in addition to being an expert in fossils, Joe is an outstanding story teller and engaging speaker. Joe has a knack for being able to speak science in a relatable way to both children and adults, at the same time. His presentations are informative, engaging and entertaining.

About Paleo Joe

Really “digs” fossils.
Author of Childrens Books
Lecturer and Storyteller and a real Dinosaur Digger

Winner of the 2001 Katherine Palmer Award

Joe has always enjoyed the opportunity to share his knowledge and experiences with others. He assembled a fine collection of marine invertebrates from the Niagara Frontier area and, prior to his entering the US Army in 1979, donated it to the Schoelkopf Geological Museum of Niagara Falls.

Following his military service he, once again, began to collect fossils and at this point began to specialize in Trilobites. These were the ancient salt water sea creatures that once thrived in the tropical seas that once covered Michigan, New York and Ohio.

Since moving to Michigan in 1993, Joseph has taught classes on fossils in many Michigan elementary and middle schools. As he gained a reputation as an energetic and entertaining speaker in the persona of “PaleoJoe”, dressing and playing the part of a “digger” he has taught around the state of Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and into northern Ohio. He has led and continues to lead several Paleontological expeditions per year to the fossil rich areas around Alpena, Michigan.

PaleoJoe was also fortunate to participate in a Paleontological dig in the Czech Republic and toured the public and private trilobite collections of the Czech National Museum. PaleoJoe has donated many fossils to that museum and has been honored to have one of his trilobites on permanent display in that Museum.

In 2003 PaleoJoe participated in a Dinosaur dig at Como Bluff, Wyoming with famed maverick paleontologist Dr. Robert T. Bakker. In 2004 he discovered ribs of an 11 Million year old Rhino in Nebraska at the Ashfall Fossil Beds while digging with famed paleontologist Michael Voorhies. In 2007 he worked on a team recovering T- Rex Dinosaur and discovered bones of a Triceratops in Montana. In 2008 he discovered the remains of an associated Camerasaurus – a 60 foot long dinosaur in Utah, he continues to travel to Utah yearly to continue his digs..


Fifth Reformed Church of Grand Rapids
2012 Griggs SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506


Cost: Free
Event Website: Click to Visit
Organizer: David Lehker
Organizer Phone: 616-243-1257
Organizer Email: [email protected]


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