Sharon Haddock
Petroglyphs on the rock walls at Capitol Reef State Park tell of an ancient people.

CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK — Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn more about geosciences at Capitol Reef National Park during Earth Science Week on Oct. 18-20.

With the theme "Discovering Careers in Earth Science," the park aims to boost awareness about the geosciences and the many career and job opportunities in the field.

On Oct. 18, National Fossil Day, there is a 9 a.m. paleontology hike, which will take about 45 minutes. From noon-5 p.m., people can learn about paleontology in the park. Numerous activities will take place at Ripple Rock Nature Center, including a mock fossil dig and making fossil molds.

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Geology will be on the slate for Oct. 19, including separate hikes for adults and children, both beginning at 9 a.m. The adult hike is to the viewpoint on Cohab Trail, about a 90-minute trip. Kids will spend the same amount of time hiking to Hickman Bridge. From noon-5 p.m., there will be activities at Ripple Rock Nature Center, including creating your own sedimentary rocks and rock displays.

On Oct. 20, there will be an Atlatl demonstration at the picnic area, and from noon-5 p.m. is Fremont Fun. There will be activities at Ripple Rock Nature Center including making clay figurines and learning about Fremont Culture.

For more information about Capitol Reef National Park or this specific event, visit the park's website, Facebook or Twitter page, or call 435-425-4111.