Our Thanks to You!

The Big Bend Conservancy and Big Bend National Park would like to thank the following major donors to this project.  Each donor contributed $5,000 or more to making this exhibit come alive for the public.  We are grateful for their support and their assistance in making this project successful.   If you would like to make a gift to ongoing education programs for the exhibit, click here.

Fossil Discovery Exhibit Funders

  • Abell-Hanger Foundation
  • Amon G. Carter Foundation
  • BNSF Foundation
  • Bob Boerner/Culligan Southwest
  • Greg and Marcy Brazaitis
  • The Brown Foundation
  • Gene and Jan Fisseler
  • Pam Hall and James Duerr
  • Marilyn Cooper and Glenn Hebert
  • Greg and Valynda Henington
  • Robert and Joan Hicks
  • Steve and Martha Hixon
  • James Davidson Charitable Foundation
  • Dennis and Jane Kearns
  • The Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation 
  • Don and Virginia Lewis
  • M.S. Doss Foundation
  • Bill and Celeste McEntire
  • William and Nancy McGovern
  • Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation
  • Jim and Mary Lynn Murrell
  • National Park Foundation
  • Lori Palmer and Russ Jewert
  • Permian Basin Area Foundation
  • The Powell Foundation
  • Dennis and Ruth Prescott
  • David and Jan Redford
  • Alec Rhodes
  • Richard and Mary Ann Sawey
  • Sheild-Ayres Foundation
  • Ron and Charles Mary Sommers
  • Sondra and Toby Eoff Charitable Fund
  • Mark and Brenda Steuer
  • Union Pacific Foundation
  • John Walker
  • Dixie and Elaine Watkins
  • Willard Hendershott Estate
  • George and Barbara Williams

In addition to the support of the above donors, we had in-kind donations from the following individuals and institutions that enabled us to create a world class exhibit for the public.

  • Kenneth R. Barnes
  • Gaston Design
  • Lake Flato Architects
  • Dr. Tom Lehman
  • Vertebrate Paleontology Lab at the University of Texas
  • Dixie Watkins
  • Steve Wick

Additional thanks go to the holders of the Big Bend license plate, whose gifts paid for the initial site work, architectural drawings and geology wayside signage that compliments the exhibit.

Special appreciation goes to the Big Bend Conservancy Board of Directors 2010-2017 for their support, guidance and faith in taking this project from a drawing on paper to reality.