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The Friends of Dinosaur Park and Arboretum, Inc (FDPA) was established in 1976 to act as an advocate for protection and preservation of the trackway at Dinosaur State Park. Incorporated in 1987, the FDPA operates as a prive, non-profit organization governed by a board of directors. It is devoted to promoting a greater knowledge of the region's paleontology and natural history.
The FDPA promotes and funds educational activities, programs, and exhibits at the Park and encourages volunteers to assist the Park staff. Volunteers fulfill a significant role in the FDPA's efforts to support the Park.
Dinosaur State Park officially opened in 1968, two years after 2,000 dinosaur tracts were accidentally uncovered during excavation for a new state building. Five hundred of the tracks are now enclosed within the Exhibit Center's geodesic dome.The remaining 1,500 are buried for preservation. A model of Dilophosaurus, the dinosaur considered to be the likely source of the tracks named Eubrontes, is the highlight of the Jurassic mural and exhibit.
The park's 200-million-year-old sandstone trackway is a Registered Natural Landmark.
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