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Dinosaur Train: Season Four

Dinosaur Train has always featured Earth Science – we’ve tackled extreme weather, from hurricanes to droughts to forest fires. In our stories, the Pteranodon kids learned that even forest fires can be good for the ecosystem, and that changing weather cycles are all part of the ever-changing Earth.

In season four, we’ll go for a deeper exploration of Biodiversity. We’ll show how in the Mesozoic Era, just like in our modern Era, each creature has an important place in the ecosystem, from tiny bugs in the ground to the largest predators at the top of the food chain. And when one species disappears, for whatever reason, Mother Nature adapts and readjusts, keeping the delicate balance in the diverse ecosystem.

This season’s episodes focus on showing kids how NECESSARY Biodiversity is for our Earth. For example, in “Where Have All the Lizards Gone?” we illustrate the effect an invasive family of Changyuraptors has on the ecosystem of Lizard Island. In “Stop and Smell the Flowers,” we introduce Buddy to a new tyrannosaur “cousin,” who shares some features with our fledgling T. Rex, but looks nothing like him. And in the two-part “Rollin’ on the Riverboat,” The Pteranodon Family gets to observe firsthand the diversity of creatures in a lush river ecosystem.

And DINOSAUR TRAIN is perfect for stories about social diversity as well – since they are already a very different kind of family, with five Pteranodons and a T. Rex! As an adopted kid, Buddy has always been very aware of the differences between species. He’s made it his personal “thing” to explore and compare the features of different creatures – so he’s kind of the Original Dinosaur Geek!

Buddy and the Pteranodon kids will explore this social diversity by playing with their favorite friends, Tank (the slightly introverted Triceratops) and Annie (the very extroverted T-Rex). We’ll also introduce them to new friends, like Natasha Necrolestes (a Mesozoic mole who acts as a tour guide below the surface of the Earth) and Dennis Deinocheirus (a kid with even more dinosaur knowledge than Buddy, and a different way of functioning in the world). In their play, Buddy’s kind-hearted, open-minded approach to socializing will always be featured – he’s never met a species he didn’t like.

In fact, every member of the Pteranodon Family will get a chance to shine! We’ll see Shiny conquer her fear of the underground, Dad uses his resourcefulness to get back home when he’s stranded in the wilderness, Tiny adjusts and adapts to a less-than-ideal situation, Mom shows off her camping skills, and Don flexes his artistic muscles. And when a hurricane hits, we’ll even get a peek at the Conductor’s life “beyond the train.” In season four of Dinosaur Train, we’re focusing on diversity in many forms – bio, social, and storytelling!

 


Episode 401: Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins (Part I)

When Mr. Pteranodon and Larry go out to the Big Pond to find some red platanoids for the Winter Solstice Celebration, they accidentally miss the last train home. Will Larry and Mr. Pteranodon stop bickering long enough to figure out a way home, or will they get stranded in the middle of nowhere and miss the family Winter Solstice Celebration?


Episode 402: Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins (Part II)

As the Winter Solstice Celebration approaches, Mr. Pteranodon, Larry Lambeosaurus, and their new friend Mr. Seastar still can’t seem to find a way home. As Mr. P and Larry continue to argue, Mr. Seastar tries to remind them of the true meaning of the Winter Solstice Holiday – spending time with family and friends.


Episode 403: What’s at the Center of the Earth? (Part I): Layers

The Conductor takes the Pteranodon family on a very special journey on a new invention – the Drill Engine Train – in search of the perfect spot for a new Underground Dinosaur Train Station! Don is THRILLED to be venturing into the BIGGEST HOLE THE EARTH HAS EVER KNOWN! Shiny is nervous to be underground, until they meet a new friend (a Mesozoic Mole named NATASHA NECROLESTES), who teaches them all about the different layers of the Earth.


Episode 404: What’s at the Center of the Earth? (Part II): Fossils

As the Pteranodon Family continues their journey underground, Don accidentally breaks Buddy’s trilobite fossil (the oldest fossil in his collection!) When the search for another trilobite fossil turns up empty, their new friend Natasha Necrolestes takes them to Fossil Alley, where the kids learn that the older the fossil, the deeper underground it is.


Episode 405: What’s at the Center of the Earth? (Part III): Troglobites

The Drill Engine Train burrows into an underground limestone cave, where the Pteranodon Family meets some strange creatures without eyes called “troglobites.” In a contest to see who would make the best troglobite, Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don participate in a treasure hunt – with their eyes closed! The kids have to rely on their other senses (with some guidance from the actual troglobites) to navigate the cave and find the prize.


Episode 406: What’s at the Center of the Earth? (Part IV): Minerals

While digging even further underground, the drill bit on the Drill Engine Train breaks. The Pterandon Family find themselves in the Cave of Giant Crystals, where they learn all about rocks and crystals (what they are, how they’re different, how they form). In order to get back home, the Pteranodon Family has to fix the drill bit by finding a mineral harder than the mineral that broke the bit in the first place.


Episode 407: Junior Conductor’s Academy (Part I)

The kids are all excited! Why? Because they’re off to Junior Conductor’s Academy in Laramidia, to try to become Junior Conductors First Class. Buddy has a feeling he’s going to be a star in class, until he meets Dennis Deinocheirus – a kid who knows even more dinosaur facts than he does! Can Buddy get over his disappointment that he’s not the smartest kid in class, and make friends with Dennis (who seems like he’s having trouble making friends on his own)?


Episode 408: Junior Conductor’s Academy (Part II)

Now that Buddy and Dennis are friends, they have to work together (with the other kids) in order to pass a series of tests. If they succeed, they’ll receive their Junior Conductors First Class pins! But standing in the way of their success is the most challenging instructor of all… Thurston Troodon!


Episode 409: Nest Swap

The Pteranodon Family decides to take a little vacation and swap nests with Larry’s friends: a family of pterosaurs (Nemicolopterus, to be exact). But when the Pteranodon Family arrives at the Nemicolopterus nest, they realize that the Nemicolopterus Family is MUCH smaller than them, so everything is smaller: the Pteranodon Family doesn’t even fit in their nest! Can the family make do, try something new, and still have a good time?


Episode 410: The Herd is the Word

Tank Triceratops is really excited to show Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don his favorite picnic spot, but when they arrive, the spot is overrun with a whole herd of Triceratops. Tank and the kids try to find another place with a little more privacy (and a lot less Triceratopses), but no matter where they go, the herd follows them. Will Tank be able to find a quiet spot without the herd, or does the herd have a good reason for following Tank around?


Episode 411: Stop and Smell the Flowers

Mom takes Tiny, Buddy, and Don on a super secret daytrip to Qianzhousaurus Pond, where they meet Quentin Qianzhousaurus – a Tyrannosaur with similar features to Buddy, except for one major thing – Quentin has a long, thin snout covered in tiny horns! The kids think that Quentin’s long snout gives him a super smelling sense, but after a series of tests, they realize that he and Buddy have the same sniffing power. Can Quentin and Buddy’s super sniffers solve the mystery of Mom’s secret daytrip?


Episode 412: Mom’s Campout

Mrs. Pteranodon organizes a “Mom’s Campout” with other moms and kids in the neighborhood. While on the way to the campout, Mr. Conductor challenges the kids to make a real “nature connection” by creating games that push them to look at nature from a different point of view.


Episode 413: Spooky Tree

Shiny invites Annie Tyrannosaurus to Pteranodon Terrace for a sleepover, but all Annie wants to do is investigate the “spooky tree” that Don says “comes alive at night.” All Shiny wants to do is stay as far away from the tree as possible. Can the kids get to the bottom of the mysterious tree, and figure out if it really comes alive at night?


Episode 414: Spinosaurus Super Model

When Don stumbles across a stick that looks EXACTLY like Old Spinosaurus, he’s determined to have the grumpy old dinosaur pose for his sculpture (so he can get the Spinosaurus’s features exactly right). But when they arrive at Old Spinosaurus’s home, he makes it clear that there’s no way he’s posing for anything. Can Don convince Old Spinosaurus to pose for his sculpture, or will Don have to come up with another plan?


Episode 415: Where Have All the Lizards Gone?

The Conductor takes the Pteranodon Family for a special trip to Lizard Island, where they discover that it’s been overrun by plants and bugs, and there are few precious lizards left. The Conductor concludes that the Changyuraptor Family (that he dropped off there awhile ago, and has since multiplied) has been eating all the lizards and throwing the entire ecosystem out of balance. Can the Pteranodon Family and Mr. Conductor convince the Changyuraptor Family to leave their home in order to get the island ecosystem back in balance?


Episode 416: Conductor Sleepover

With a hurricane looming, the Pteranodon Family convinces the Conductor to leave his train for the night and come with them to the safety of their hurricane shelter (a large, underground cave). But the Conductor has a hard time getting comfortable away from his train. Can the family and the Conductor pull together and help a family of beached Ichthyosaurs back into the ocean after the hurricane leaves them beached on the shore?


Episode 417- Rollin’ on the Riverboat (Part I)

The whole Pteranodon Family takes a rollicking adventure on the Dinosaur Train Riverboat! Buddy and Don vow to spend every minute together, but while Buddy wants to spend all his time investigating the creatures on the river, Don wants to spend all his time playing games and investigating the buffet. Can they come to some kind of agreement?


Episode 418- Rollin’ on the Riverboat (Part II)

While still rolling down the river on the Dinosaur Train Riverboat, Grandpa Pteranodon tells Buddy about the Legend of Admiral Globidens – a HUGE Mososaur that supposedly lives on the river, but no one has ever seen. Buddy enlists Dad and Tiny’s help to look for Admiral Globidens, but they can’t seem to find him. Does Admiral Globidens really exist, or is he just a figment of someone’s imagination?


Episode 419: Crystal and the King Benefit Concert (Part I)

When Crystal and the King go for a trip to the Big Pond, they learn that it’s being recklessly overfished! They enlist the help of the Pteranodon Family to try to spread the word that if the dinosaurs and pterosaurs aren’t more careful, the Big Pond will run out of fish to eat. But when Crystal realizes that nothing they’re doing is actually raising awareness of the issue, she decides to organize a HUGE benefit concert, and everyone agrees to pitch in and help (as long as the King doesn’t have to perform)!


Episode 420: Crystal and the King Benefit Concert (Part II)

The “Don’t Overfish the Big Pond” Benefit Concert is underway, and it’s a HUGE success! But because there’s so much to organize, Crystal never finds the time to rehearse her big finale – so when it’s time for her to go onstage, she experiences something she’s never experienced before – stage fright! Can the kids help Crystal get over her stage fright and get her back onstage, or will the King have to come out of “performance retirement” to help her out?

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