Archive for November 2nd, 2011

Prehistory and New Technology Join Forces

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

New technology brings prehistoric Texas to life at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Our SP guide Bryan Frazier has details.

58— Dinosaur Valley State Park, by Glen Rose, Texas—it’s SW of Ft. Worth—has been famous for years for its dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy riverbed.

Well, we’re launching a phone app for that this fall that people can download for free, so that when they walk through the park—their smart phone that they downloaded to—will vibrate and let them know when they’re near one of the points of interest.

And you can click through video and audio and written documents and all kinds of updated information that is real time. You can do an interpretive tour at your leisure. And it’s just a great story because it really hasn’t cost the park any to develop this.

The park’s friend’s group, and then the community of Glen Rose got involved and provided the funding for this. And then the ad sales from local businesses can be on there and it’s a source of revenue for our park. So, everybody wins with this. And this technology seems to be the wave of the future and Dinosaur Valley is embracing it.

Thanks, Bryan.

That’s our show for today…with funding provided by Chevrolet, supporting outdoor recreation in Texas; because there’s life to be done.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife I’m Cecilia Nasti.