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!