2016 - The Fiftieth Year at Dinosaur State Park
family participants at Trail Days LEGO model of Velaciraptor in Exhibit Center Children at booksigning with Dr. Robert BakkerBuild a Lego Dinosaur Contest participants

Special Programs and Events were given throughout the year.

Throughout 2016, Dinosaur State Park celebrated the 50th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill. As part of the celebration, the Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum (FDPA) sponsored a year-long giveaway of free prizes. Once a month on a Saturday, the park gave away prizes to the first 50 families or individual visitors that paid admission to the Park. Each month, a unique gift was given. They included books, posters, toys and videos.  The Friends' Bookshop carried commemorative mugs, tee-shirts and magnets.

Programs featuring topics related to the park, natural history and dinosaurs were scheduled and each month had a theme. The monthly events included a wide range of programs and activities.

JANUARY:  Library Month - The park book, "Window into the Jurassic," was donated to all Connecticut town libraries and many area school libraries by the FDPA.

FEBRUARY:  Dino Tot Month - Dino Tots programs were offered for 5 year olds and under. They included a film, storytelling, face painting, and introduction to the park's animals

MARCH:  Facebook Events - Two Track Talks Online were organized as a Facebook Event. They provided the opportunity to chat with experts about Dinosaurs and Rocks and Geology and Glaciers.

APRIL:  Celebrations for Volunteers and Members - Spring vacation programs included films, crafts, animal programs, track talks and more. Massachusetts Birds of Prey gave a 45-minute live bird show.

Active members and Volunteers attended a catered dinner and a talk by Dr. Jacques Gauthier from Yale University who presented a program, "Birds are Living Dinosaurs."

MAY:  Family Trail Adventure - Family Trail Adventures were introduced and provided the opportunity to explore the trails at the park and participate in educational activities.

JUNE:  Garden Month and LEGO Display - Three large LEGO dinosaurs were on display in the Exhibit Center , courtesy of Lego, for the entire month. A build-a-dinosaur contest was held. Prizes were awarded to the children who created the best LEGO dinosaur.

Connecticut Open House Day offered free admission.Tours of the park's Arboretum and butterfly gardens were held.

JULY:  Connecticut Author Events - Book-signings were held each Saturday. The authors included Nick McDonald, Janet Lawlor, Christina Vrba and Brendan Hanrahan. A Bird Olympics attracted many children.

AUGUST: Discovery Month Celebration - The annual Dinosaur State Park Day was extended for a two-day weekend and drew thousands of visitors.

SEPTEMBER:  Senior Citizen Month - Weekday guided hikes and nature programs were held.

OCTOBER: Academic Month -

NOVEMBER:  Paleontologist Robert Bakker Visits the Park - Robert Bakker, renowned paleontologist, gave two talks and signed copies of his books and a poster he had created 50 years ago when he observed the trackway shortly after the tracks were discovered.

DECEMBER:  Scouts Month - Programs were held for Webelos to complete the requirements of the Earth Rocks Activities.