Waters Welcome Event at the Natural History Museum of Utah
Join us on Monday evening (June 25) for a private reception at the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU). The museum is housed at the beautiful Rio Tinto Center, a unique 163,000 square foot building, clad in 42,000 square feet of standing seam copper. The museum occupies a prominent place at the edge of Salt Lake City and the University of Utah. It is located less than 1 mile from the INEF conference venue, so delegates (who choose to) may hike to the reception after dinner, or take a shuttle bus that will be departing the Guest House at regular intervals.
NHMU emphasizes the North American Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, but it also includes material from throughout the world. Exhibits include the dinosaurs of Past Worlds, and Utah’s archaeological history in First Peoples. The terrace, adjacent to the 5th floor reception area, offers a stunning view of Salt Lake City from high up on the east-bench of the Great Salt Lake Valley. This reception will include light snacks, desserts, and beverages. It will also include private access to the museum galleries, including the dinosaur exhibits. In addition, we are thrilled that we will have Utah State Paleontologist Dr. James Kirkland on hand (pictured above with Utahraptor ostrommaysorum) to talk about a different type of Environmental Forensics, life on earth during the Jurassic and Cretaceous. Jim will discuss vertebrate paleontology in Utah (and elsewhere) and perhaps lead a tour or two of the museum. For a little more information on Utahraptor, please view this NHMU video.