Day Dig Prices
Field Season Availability Calendar
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 7 days advance notice to set up your dig so as not to conflict with other reservations.
Things to bring the day of the dig:
- Wear long pants
- Good walking shoes(Boots are preferable but not required)
- Plenty of water(temps can exceed 90 degrees at times)
- There are no on-site restroom facilities, so be ready for the “camping” experience
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.
The Paleon Museum is an education and research facility, it is important that all fossils found at the dig sites remain with the museum for identification and further study. 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 using the form on this page.