Discover the Deadly Dakotaraptor at Dino-Soiree--An Adults-only Evening of Drinks and Dinosaurs

Adults love dinosaurs nearly as much as kids do. If you're in that camp, join us for Dino-Soirée from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 17. Eat, drink and be merry as Dr. David Burnham, a paleontologist at the University of Kansas (KU), introduces us to the Dakotaraptor—a giant feathered raptor that was a killing machine.

KU researchers, including Dr. Burnham, have been piecing together the raptor since its fossils were discovered in 2005 by Robert DePalma, who at the time was a KU graduate student on an excavation in South Dakota. Their work reveals a fearsome creature. The Dakotaraptor's body was strong, agile and equipped with a 9.5-inch razor-sharp, retractable claw. The raptor was likely smart as there is evidence it had a relatively large brain. Dr. Burnham will bring it all to life with photos, fossils and bone casts at the Dino-Soirée. 

Prepaid reservations of $30/person or $25/member of Powell Gardens are required and can be made at Guests must be 21 or older with valid ID. Fee includes one drink ticket (wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage), light bites from Cellar Rat Wine in Kansas City, Mo., and a lively Dakotaraptor discussion. Come early to explore Jurassic Garden at no additional charge. 

About Powell Gardens, Kansas City's Botanical Garden 

Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit botanical garden that sits on 970 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows. Known for its contemporary architecture, Powell Gardens encompasses stunning display gardens with exhibits, classes, performances and festivals for all ages offered year-round. Its Heartland Harvest Garden is the nation's largest edible landscape, demonstrating 2,000-plus food plants.