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Plants of the Dinosaur Age

Madison

Step inside the tropical Bolz Conservatory and travel back in time 250 million years to see the plants dinosaurs actually ate. While dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago, many plants from the era still thrive. See modern versions of those plants in person, along with fossils from the Dinosaur Age. Make sure to find the dinosaur nest and dinosaur footprints when you visit, too! See today’s living versions of prehistoric plants such as ferns, mosses, evergreens, and palms. Compare fossils of the ancient plants to the modern-day versions. Some are very similar, while others have changed over time. For example, modern mosses grow low to the ground, but during the Dinosaur Age, club mosses grew taller than 130 feet – like trees. Admission is $2 for the general public, and free to Olbrich Botanical Society members. Children ages 5 and under are free. Admission is free on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am-noon.