What is the CCPP?
The Central Coast Prehistory Project is a citizen science initiative. It is focused on the ancient sciences of geology (study of rocks), paleontology (study of fossils), and archaeology (study of ancient cultures). The Central Coast Prehistory Project is dedicated to research, education, collection, and preservation of the innumerable and irreplaceable treasures that record the incredible story of our planet, specifically those of the Central Coast and how they relate to the world at large.
What is the Goal of the CCPP?
If you have read The Grand Vision (or picked up one of those fliers I’ve scattered around), you no doubt know of my goal to start a museum here. What would it be about? Pretty much anything to do with the ancient past, namely rocks, gems and minerals, fossils, and ancient human artifacts. The Central Coast has a surprising abundance of each and it is about time they had their own museum in which their incredible story can be heard.
But in order to search for these ancient relics and build ups collections, a curation facility is required. A curation facility is a special building where specimens can be prepared, preserved, and stored. Most museums have these, usually just called the collections. But a curation facility is the heart of a museum. Not only does it allow for the preservation of specimens and for the building of exhibits/educational programs, but it would greatly broaden the range of places we can search. If this museum were to happen, we would need this curation facility.
How can I Help?
If you are passionate about rocks, fossils, and ancient artifacts, or are simply interested in the pursuit of science, we’d love to have you aboard! People may think science can only be done by stuffy academics in their universities. But they are wrong! Science is for everyone! If you have the passion and a desire to learn, than you can participate. And since we are a start-up group, we could use people from all walks of life, with any number and range of skills.
If you don’t feel like committing to our organization then there are other ways to contribute. If you have found a fossil, an interesting rock or mineral, or a potential artifact on the Central Coast (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties), let us know and we’d be happy to have a look at it. And donations are always welcome, be it specimens, tools, space, materials, or even good old fashion $$$.
So if you have any questions or want to get involved, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-441-2561. We can’t wait to hear from you!
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