Day Dig Prices
Of the many programs available to the public, our “Dig for a Day” program is the best for those with a family. The cost is minimal to the experience of working as a paleontologist for one day.
Your day starts at the museum at 9:00 a.m. with a brief talk about the dig site you will be visiting. Afterward, you are taken to the designated dig site to be shown the many techniques we use in our work. This is a hands-on program, so you WILL get dirty!
Once your field experience is complete, you will be brought back to the museum for a lunch break and then it’s on to the prep lab where you will be taught how to properly clean and preserve fossils. We require at least 24 hours notice to set up your dig and payment will be required in advance.
You will need to bring your lunch or be prepared to eat at one of Glenrock’s fine establishments. Sunscreen is a must as well as long pants, a hat, and good walking shoes (boots are preferable, but not required). Feel free to bring cameras to record your experience with us! Families with smaller children should understand that there is some walking involved, and the weather can get pretty warm (above 90 degrees) so bring plenty of water. We recommend children be at least in grade school; second graders with some school exposure to ‘dinosaurs’ are generally able to pick up quite a bit of information. Of course, high school and college students are given more challenging sites and tasks, and can learn a great deal about paleontology. Also, there are no on-site restroom facilities, so be ready for the “camping” experience!
Since the Glenrock Paleon Museum is an education and research facility, it is important that all identifiable fossils found at the dig sites remain with the museum for further study, so please make sure you have permission before you try to take any of your finds home. The selection of dig sites and length of time spent at any site depend on many things, weather primary among them, and are at the sole discretion of the Paleon staff member directing the dig.
We are excited that you are considering allowing us to show you the fascinating world of Paleontology. We look forward to teaching you about Wyoming’s natural history, while showing you a behind the scene’s look at the excavation and preparation of the fossils found in the Glenrock area. We certainly hope you will join us for this out of the ordinary adventure.
Please feel free to contact the museum with any questions you may have regarding our programs, or sign up in the form on this page.