"PaleoJoe" knows dinosaurs
Joseph V. Sowmick - April 09, 2015
In an effort to provide bonus coverage, Team Observer joins with the Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel in welcoming Paleontologist, Author and Storyteller Joseph Kchodl (a.k.a. “PaleoJoe”) to the spring break educational Dino Quest Program offered on April 8, 2015.
Since moving to Midland, Michigan in 1993, Kchodl has taught classes on fossils in many Michigan elementary and middle schools. As he gained a reputation as an energetic and entertaining speaker in the persona of “PaleoJoe”, dressing and playing the part of a “digger” he has taught programs around the states of Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas, Utah, Iowa, Wisconsin and into northern Ohio.
His fossil programs to school kids begins with a brief introduction to what a paleontologist is and does, how fossils form, what fossils are, he then moves on to fossils in the Mid-West, then the Ice Age followed by a spirited discussion on Dinosaurs. His programs are age appropriate and have received rave reviews from teachers and students alike. He has done programs ranging from Montessori schools to the Lifelong Learning Center at Saginaw Valley State University. He has been keynote speaker at functions across the Midwest at universities, museums, church groups, corporate meetings and nature centers and of course libraries and schools.
He continues to speak to schools and community organizations. As an example he has spoken to 12,500 students in 124 schools in Michigan during the 2001 and 2002 school season alone and averages 60 school visits per year. This year, in 2013 he will be visiting 84 libraries in 70 days.