The public is invited to attend the unveiling of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s newest dinosaur and community picnic celebrating 15 years of the Monument’s “Learning from the Land,” this Saturday at Kanab’s Jacob Hamblin Park from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A type of raptor, the dinosaur is the sixth entirely new species of dinosaur discovered on the 1.9 million acre Monument. Two new marine reptiles have also been found since the Monument was created September 18, 1996.

The event begins at noon with a brief unveiling ceremony, followed by a picnic lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches, Dutch oven potatoes, salad and dessert.

Several of the Monument’s traveling dinosaur exhibits, including the “super crocodile,” will be on display; and dinosaur-themed children’s activities are planned.

The Director of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System, Carl Rountree; the acting BLM Utah State Director, Jeff Rawson; and Monument Manager Rene Berkhoudt will be on hand to greet the public.

This event is free to the public and is co-sponsored by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, the Monument’s Friend’s group; and Glen Canyon Natural History Association.