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Saturday February 25th, 2023

  • Vendors 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Lectures

  • Food Trucks

  • Education Workshops


  • $35 for adults and $25 for children

  • Ticket is for the entire day

  • Comes with FREE Museum Admission

 Event Package


  • $1,200

  • $10 for adults 

  •  $7 for children

Lecture Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:30

9:45 - 10:15

10:30 - 11:00

11:15 - 11:45

12:00 - 1:00

1:15 - 1:45

1:55 - 2:25

2:35 - 3:05

3:15 - 3:45

Mike Eklund

"Hidden in the Light"  

Carl Mehling

"Tracking a Texas Dinosaur Tracker"

Dr. Scott Persons

"Tyrannosaurs in Action: The Flesh, Motion, and Battle Tactics of T. rex"

Dr. Robert Bakker


Spike Tailed Devil!!"


Amelia Zietlow

"When the west was underwater"

Cate Larsen

"How We Study The Geology of Mars"

Myria Perez

"How to store a 7 foot Tyrannosaur"

Cody Schulte

"The Telltale Sloth of Aden Crater"

  • Saturday Lectures
    Saturday Lectures
    Sat, Feb 25
    Feb 25, 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
    Seymour Cinema, 301 N Washington St, Seymour, TX 76380, USA
    The ticket covers a full day of lectures and comes with FREE museum admission. See for lecture schedule.
  • Full Event Package
    Full Event Package
    Thu, Feb 23
    Feb 23, 8:00 AM – Feb 25, 10:00 PM
    Seymour, 310 N Washington St, Seymour, TX 76380, USA
    This ticket includes All four dig workshops, lectures, and Permian Fest Fundraiser Dinner.

Book Signing with
Ashley Hall

Author of
Fossils for kids

February 25th, 2023 at 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Will be located in the Vendor Tent


About Ashley Hall

Ashley is a dynamic paleontologist, naturalist, and museum educator. Originally from South Bend, Indiana, she grew up loving dinosaurs from an early age and was inspired by holiday trips to Chicago’s Field Museum to pursue a career in natural history.

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology (focus: Zooarchaeology) and animal behavior from Indiana University, Bloomington. After graduation, she spent nearly a decade working as a science educator for various educational institutions in southern California, including the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the La Brea Tar Pits. During this time, Ashley also served as the assistant curator of paleontology at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, California. While with the “Alf,” she managed the fossil collection and participated in fieldwork including Late Cretaceous dinosaur excavations in the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah and Miocene mammal reconnaissance paleontology in the Mojave Desert’s Rainbow Basin. 

Ashley relocated to Ohio where she worked as a naturalist for the Cleveland Metroparks reservation system before taking a position with the Cleveland Museum of Natural as the adult programs coordinator. While at CMNH, she planned and ran events, classes, and workshops to engage adult audiences in science. Passionate for educating the public about natural history, Ashley has designed and implemented thousands of museum tours, programs, and classes for visitors of all ages.

When Ashley is not educating the public in person, she is an active science communicator on social media. Ashley has presented several invited workshops on how to communicate science through social media at professional scientific meetings including the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology annual conferences. Her scientific research has focused on sauropod claw morphology and function, and the evolution of birds from deposits at the La Brea Tar Pits.

Book Signing with
Holly Simon

Author of
I Came Before the Dinosaurs!

February 25th, 2023 at 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Will be located in the Vendor Tent


About Holly Simon

Holly Simon has been employed with the Whiteside Museum of Natural History since 2016. She started off as the Live Animal Curator, where she was in charge of caring for live reptiles and amphibians in the museum's zoozeum. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant Director. She is an active member of the paleontological dig crew and has discovered numerous complete Dimetrodon skeletons, as well as the most elusive of the Permian animals, Seymouria. She is also the museum's Marketing and Social Media Director. 

Holly has spent many years collecting fossils from the badlands of Wyoming, from the Oligocene and Eocene periods. She's also been conducting fossil-hunting expeditions in the Cretaceous Mesa Verde Formation in Wyoming.

When she's not in the field, you can find her at the museum giving school tours. It is her mission to inspire the next generation of paleontologists, especially young women.

Holly published a children's book "I Came Before the Dinosaurs!" about the Lower Permian fossils found in Seymour, Texas.

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