Presentations and field trips are planned for July 27th and 28th, while the evening of the 26th will feature a cash bar at the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery. Plans for the evening include a tour of the adjoining PRPRC, and the “Quintette Doors” will be unveiled as well.
Representatives from the Canadian National Committee for Geoparks will be on hand for three days after the symposium concludes, at which time they will examine the programs, region, and facilities, and make a recommendation whether the Tumbler Ridge Expression of Interest qualifies for an application to the Global Geoparks Network.
Funding from the Peace River Regional District has made the symposium a possibility. Previously, the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation approached the PRRD in hopes of creating a Geopark for the Tumbler Ridge Area.
The Geopark would be a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Global Geopark, and only the second in North America. There are currently 80 UNESCO Geoparks in the world today.
There is no registration fee to attend the symposium, and members of the public are encouraged to attend any or all of the event.