Jurassic Park: Fact and Fiction

Join us October 10 & 11, 2020 for this fascinating fact-finding event!

Jurassic Park: Fact and Fiction

Go inside the making of the Jurassic Park film and other media celebrations of dinosaurs with paleontologist “Dino Don” Lessem.  Jurassic Park: Fact or Fiction is an audience-participation experience for all ages, featuring real fossils!

Don will explore such questions as:

  • Can we find dinosaur DNA?
  • Can we bring dinosaurs back to life? Should we?
  • How accurate are the movie depictions of dinosaurs?
  • and more!

Health and Safety Precautions

For the health and safety of both staff and guests, we ask that everyone visiting the zoo wear a face covering when indoors and practice social distancing at all times. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Show times

Dino Don will be giving presentations throughout the day in addition to our regular live show offerings. His shows will be presented in the Program Center at 11:15am, 12:45pm, and 2:15pm on both October 10 & 11, 2020.

Ticket Information

Tickets to this event include general admission to the zoo for the day. The zoo will be open from 10am to 6pm, so please plan your visit accordingly.

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we must limit the attendance to 50% of our capacity in the Program Center. You can prepurchase tickets by clicking the button below, or by calling 570-538-1869. Prepurchased tickets are non-refundable.

Zoo members: Because seating is limited, we are not able to offer complimentary admission to this special event as part of your membership. We will, however, give you 50% off for each person included on your membership. To do so, please call us at 570-538-1869. Thank you for your understanding. (Note: you are welcome to visit the zoo that day free of charge, however you will not be able to attend Dino Don’s shows without purchasing tickets. If you have any questions, please contact us.)

Update: Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Because we still have some available, we will be offering the remaining tickets for sale online and at the door until the maximum number of attendees for each show is reached. However, we still recommend purchasing your tickets online as it limits contact with our staff as well as the potential for lines at the admissions desk (it also guarantees you a seat). Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we try to make the best and safest decisions for everyone.

Get your tickets before they go extinct!

$16 for ages 12 and up
$14 for ages 3 through 11
FREE for children 2 and under

Dino Don Lessem | Jurassic Park: Fact and Fiction | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Who is Dino Don?

  • Dinosaur explorer, Genghis Khan expert
  • CEO and founder of Dino Don, Inc.
  • Jurassic Park and Disney movie and theme park consultant
  • Re-creator of the world’s largest dinosaurs
  • Designer of blockbuster international exhibitions and theme park attractions
  • TV host and commentator for Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS Morning News
  • Author of more than 50 books for children and adults
  • Dynamic public speaker
  • Human rights activist

No wonder “Dino” Don is one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Interesting People”!

We’re very excited to have Dino Don at the zoo, and we hope to see you here too!