JOHNSON CITY (TN) – The East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site is teaming up with the Red Panda Network in hosting the Annual International Red Panda Day on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The goal is to raise awareness of the endangered modern red panda while also recognizing the important red panda discoveries at the Gray Fossil Site. General admission is free for International Red Panda Day.
During International Red Panda Day, visitors can become “Red Panda Rangers,” a special title given to children that complete educational activities to learn more about the uniqueness of the endangered red panda.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children will “climb” the highest mountains of the Himalayas, learn about the elusive red panda and participate in hands-on activities to earn the title of Red Panda Ranger.
At 1 p.m., ETSU paleontologist and red panda expert Dr. Steven Wallace will give a free talk about the importance of red panda conservation and at 2:30 p.m., ETSU paleontology student Lauren Lyon will give a presentation about the red pandas found at the Gray Fossil Site.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information, call 866-202-6223 or visit the museum at www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.