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Get ready for a road trip like no other! Prehistoric Road Trip is a brand new three-episode miniseries that will take you and your family through America’s fossil country. Emily Graslie is the host, writer, and executive producer. She is the “Chief Curiosity Correspondent” at the Field Museum, but you (or your kids) may know her from her very popular YouTube series The Brain Scoop.

Graslie’s epic road trip has us exploring the American West from Illinois to Montana and Nebraska to North Dakota. She’ll encounter mysterious creatures and bizarre ecosystems that have shaped Earth as we know it…and maybe get younger minds excited about science while she’s at it. Each of the three episodes examines different eras in time, focusing on geology, ecology, and environment. Graslie examines the fossils of former plants and animals to get an idea of what North American landscapes and dinosaurs would have looked like millions or even billions of years ago. Filmed in stunning 4K resolution and using state-of-the-art drone technology, Prehistoric Road Trip is a treat for the eyes as well as the mind. Watch for it on LPB starting June 17.

TAKE A ROAD TRIP THROUGH TIME – FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR COUCH Sign up for LPB’s Girls Virtual Road Trip to the Museum!

A huge thank you to all of the attendees and scientists from the LSU College of Science that helped make LPB’s Girls Virtual Road Trip to the Museum a success.

Seventy girls in grades 4th through 6th joined us on Saturday, June 13th for an interactive online experience like nothing LPB has ever done before.

Attendees got a sneak peek at “Prehistoric Road Trip” and a chance to talk with a woman scientist working with the LSU College of Science. Each of the attendees also received a science kit in the mail filled with 3 science activities designed to get them curious about the natural world around them. Keep using those science tools this summer…especially the most important one: YOUR BRAIN!


Emma Reid

Emma Reid

Our host is Emma Reid, a Louisiana-based filmmaker specializing in environmental topics and production. The unique beauty, culture and dynamic natural environment in Louisiana led to her particular focus in coastal restoration. After graduating from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Environmental Science, she continued her education on Louisiana’s flora and fauna through the Louisiana Master Naturalist Program and pursued a career in documentary filmmaking. Emma is currently a Producer at Louisiana Public Broadcasting. When she is not working on films, she leads educational kayak tours for NOLA Kayak Tours in Louisiana swamps.

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Dr. Janet C. Buckner

Dr. Janet C. Buckner is a postdoctoral researcher and lab manager at the LSU Museum of Natural Science. Her research focuses on macroevolution in terrestrial vertebrates, particularly mammals and birds.

Anna Hiller

Anna Hiller is a PhD student at the LSU Museum of Natural Science. She studies how bird species form in the Andes mountains of South America and how these species got to be so colorful.

Jessie Salter

Jessie Salter is a PhD student at the LSU Museum of Natural Science where her doctoral research focuses on the systematics, population genomics, and plumage evolution of bobwhite quail.

Teisha King

Teisha King is a PhD student in biological sciences. Her current research focuses on the interac- tions between the reproductive and immune systems in the African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni.

Dr. Sophie Warny

Dr. Sophie Warny is a professor of palynology (the study of microfossils of pollen, spores, and dinoflagellate algae) at the LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics and a curator at the LSU Museum of Natural Science.

Valerie Stampley

Valerie Stampley is the Coordinator of Outreach and Special Initiatives within the LSU College of Science Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She has a B.S. and M.NS in Biological Sciences with a minor in Education. She is passionate about providing opportunities for people to connect with science and inspiring them to understand, value, and pursue science.

Cynthia Peterson

Cynthia Peterson, dean of the LSU College of Science and Seola Arnaud and Richard V. Edwards, Jr. Professor in the LSU Department of Biological Sciences, leads a college of five departments and the Museum of Natural Science with about 250 faculty and more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Peterson is the first woman to head the College of Science. Since assuming the position of dean in 2014, she has overseen significant increases in college enrollment, with a 25 percent increase in freshman enrollment in fall 2018 that came from a 46 percent increase in undergraduate applications that year. A staunch supporter of science communication, Peterson is committed to broadly communicating the impact of science and research and the strengths of the LSU College of Science. Under her leadership, the college has also developed a number of outreach projects that connect it with the local community and inspire the next generation of scientists – beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school.

LPB wants to help you get excited about science this summer!

There are tons of books to read, simple experiments to conduct or programs to watch that will help you explore the world around you…and open your eyes to scientific fields you might not have even known existed. Check out these short videos from scientists working with the LSU College of Science as they tell us about what they do, and how they got started doing it! On this page are a variety of resources from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and PBS LearningMedia to help you explore more!

Prehistoric Road Trip is a production of WTTW. Major funding for Prehistoric Road Trip is provided by The Negaunee Foundation. Funding is also provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The Grainger Foundation, and The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation.





LPB PBS Learning Media:

Becoming a Fossil - The conditions under which fossils can successfully form are unusual, and the odds that a fossil will then be exposed at the surface again, and discovered, are smaller still.

Fun with Fossils - This interactive activity adapted from the University of California Museum of Paleontology explores the kinds of things we can learn from several types of fossils that scientists study.

Environmental Science - SciGirls has the bold goal of changing how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM.

Making of Birds of the Gods - David Attenborough on what goes into filming wild birds of paradise.

Birds: Designers, Engineers, and Builders of Nests - Explores the nest-building practices of various bird species.

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Reading List from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library (Grades 4-6):

  • Books
    • The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Dinosaur Hunter by Tim Collins
    • Museum Mystery Squad and the Case of the Moving Mammoth by Mike Nicholson
    • Super Simple Fossil Projects: Science Activities for Future Paleontologists by Jessie Alkire
    • Paleontology: the Study of Prehistoric Life by Susan Heinrichs Gray
    • 1,000 Facts About Dinosaurs, Fossils, and Prehistoric Life by Patricia Daniels
    • Paleontologists and Archaeologists by Ruth Owen
    • Can you dig it?: and Other Poems by Robert Weinstock
    • How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland
    • Magnificent Minds: Sixteen Remarkable Women of Science and Medicine by Pendred Noyce
  • Graphic Novels
    • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani
    • Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by M. K. Reed
  • eBooks
    • Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM by Tonya Bolden
    • Living Fossils: Clues to the Past by Caroline Arnold
    • Dinosaurs on the Beach by Marilyn Helmer
    • Explore Fossils! With 25 Great Projects by Cynthia Light Brown & Grace Brown
    • Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall
    • Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs by Tedd Arnold
  • Digital Library
    • Scholastic ScienceFlix - Watch and read about Prehistoric Animals!
    • Gale Interactive Science - 3D Models of dinosaurs and more!

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