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History Hike 

Published July 2, 2014 at 1:00 a.m.

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The petrified prehistoric organisms are reason enough to visit Isle La Motte's Goodsell Ridge Preserve this summer. But there's another one: The 83-acre natural area on the Chazy Fossil Reef is hosting an evolutionary exhibit, "Walk Through Time." Created in 1996 by Sid Liebes, a scientist at Hewlett-Packard Labs, its 71 colorfully illustrated panels showcase 4.6 billion years of evolution of life on Earth. To help viewers put that mind-boggling time frame in perspective, the panels are spread over a 4,600-foot trail; each foot represents a million years. Scientist Jane Goodall, who has visited the traveling exhibit, called it "an unforgettable experience, awe-inspiring and humbling."

'Walk Through Time': Goodsell Ridge Preserve, 239 Quarry Road, Isle La Motte. Exhibit on display through October. Find more information at walkthroughtime.org and ilmpt.org.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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