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Taking part in the "Become a Paleontologist" session at the Joggins Fossil Centre on March 15 were (front, from left) Jessica Grant, Ashley Grant, Jenna McIver, (back) Breanna Cormier and Samantha Grant.
JOGGINS - Who ever said March Break was a time to relax?
Whatever the case, the message did not get through to youngsters in this area who took part in a variety of activities at the Joggins Fossil Centre this week. Whether it was learning to cook, bake, plant a garden, make cards, or do yoga, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
On the morning of March 15, despite snowy weather and slippery roads, several children made it for a hands-on learning session on becoming a paleontologist, with Dr. Melissa Grey, curator of paleontology at the centre.
"The idea is to get as many kids interested in a variety of things, it's not just all about fossils," said Grey, who joked about how many of the same kids had so much fun that they came back for different sessions throughout the week.
"A lot of these guys started off Monday and didn't want to leave."
Kicking off with a day of "pondless hockey" on March 10, the week's activities have gone very well, according to Grey, who said the children have been great to deal with and very enthusiastic throughout the week. As many as eight participants took part in each session.
"It's definitely focused on fun, but I think they're all going away from it having learned different skills, from cooking to baking to paleontology," she said.
The kids had different favourites as far as the sessions went. One enjoyed the paleontology morning, while another enjoyed the baking. Several said they would like to work at the fossil centre someday, and Samantha Grant took a particular liking to Grey's white lab coat.
"I want to work here and get my own lab coat," she said with a smile.