WALK WITH DINOSAURS

See thousands of fossilized dinosaur footprints!

DINOSAURS DISCOVERED HERE!

Here at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm you’ll enter a 200 million-year-old ecosystem that was once home to dinosaurs, fishes, plants, and more. Besides the actual fossils, you won’t want to miss the five life-sized models of prehistoric animals and the working fossil preparation lab.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update as of 7/14/2020:

We have been open for nearly 2 months now! We are grateful to those who have visited, purchased something, or donated to the site.
With positive cases continuing to climb in our area, we are now requiring masks to be worn inside at all times and we are asking for an email or phone number to help the Utah Department of Health perform contact tracing. Please be prepared with both when you visit! 
Our hours are from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday through Monday. Please, see our updated visitor protocols and procedures HERE.

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Dinosaur Discovery Site

MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS

DINO PARK

Play in the park! Plan a picnic and walk through time.

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REPLICAS & RESTORATIONS

They’re alive! See Early Jurassic animals come to life.

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SPECIAL DISPLAYS

What’s new? Visit the Classroom for rotating exhibits and activities.

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Fossil Prep Lab

See volunteers working with actual fossils.

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SGDS 1192 – Modern ostrich egg. This is not a fossil, but an interesting piece of history about the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. Contained within the museum’s name, Dr. Sheldon Johnson owned and operated a large alfalfa farm surrounding the existing location of the museum. Yes, Dr. Johnson used to have ostriches, modern dinosaurs, on his farm for a short period of time! ...

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SGDS 1116 – /Zacanthoides typicalis/. This spiny corynexochid trilobite comes from the Middle Cambrian (about 520 million years old) Chisholm Shale of Lincoln County, Nevada. This a nice example of a trilobite that molted, meaning the animal slipped out of its old exoskeleton and left it behind as it grew larger. ...

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SGDS 1059 – /Semionotid/ fish right lower jaw. This specimen probably represents a new species of the semionotid fish, /Lophionotus/ as described by former St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site intern, Dr. Sarah Z. Gibson. It was discovered by Kylea Christensen on June 22, 2007 from SGDS property during quarry excavation. It comes from the uppermost Whitmore Point Member, Moenave Formation (Lower Jurassic Epoch, ~198-200 million years old). Scale in millimeters. ...

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SGDS 1008 – /Glyptocrinus sp/. This marine animal is called a crinoid or “sea-lily”. Crinoids are a group of echinoderms which include sea stars, sea urchins, sand dollars, etc. Usually when they die, they quickly break up into small pieces. This specimen was most likely buried quickly resulting in the crown, arms, and part of the stem remaining. This fossil is from the Late Ordovician Waynesville Formation of Wilmington, Ohio and was donated to our museum by Trueman Leishman. ...

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SGDS 973 – /Crossopteris utahensis/. Fern leaves from the late Mississippian (about 325 million years old) Manning Canyon Shale collected near Lehi, Utah. The Manning Canyon Shale is mined to make bricks, and occasionally reveals rare and well-preserved fossils of animals and plants. This specimen was donated to the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site by St. George resident Trueman Leishman. ...

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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Don’t let the “farm” in our name fool you! To begin with, the facility is an indoor natural history museum built right over the discovery site. Dinosaur-enthusiasts of all ages are welcome! Generally, our exhibits focus on educating visitors and some younger children may need help reading and understanding the signs. However, the Dino Park and Classroom have activities designed just for them. In short, we have something for everyone — so come explore today!

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