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Week Dig

EXPEDITION DIG

“Week Long Dig”

Program Overview

Join us and the staff from the Morrison Museum for a uniquely educational experience. Your time will be spent with us delving into the science of paleontology. Participants will learn basic skills for fossil collection, and gain the background knowledge that paleontologists use to interpret these fossils.  These digs are perfect for the paleontology enthusiast wanting to get a taste of field work experience.

The goals of our dig programs are as follows:

  • To introduce techniques of fossil collection, preparation, and stabilization by allowing participants to take part in field collection and in the fossil preparation lab.
  • To present the basic academic knowledge paleontologists use to find and interpret fossils and rocks through field and classroom instruction and activities.
  • To compare and contrast the paleo-environment between the multiple sites and the fossil periods we study.

What to expect

Your two days will be spent experiencing Wyoming’s natural history at an active field area visiting multiple quarry site .

The Director of Paleontology for the Paleon Museum, Sean Smith, and the Director of Paleontology for the Morrison Museum of Natural History, Matthew Mossbrucker, will be your instructors along with field personnel that are present to guide and help you wherever necessary.

Participants should be able to walk up to 2 miles on uneven, hilly terrain. You should also expect to bend, sit and stoop for long periods of time.

We recommend children be in middle school, for the interest, physical ability and attention span required. High school and college students are given more challenging sites and tasks, and can learn a great deal about paleontology.

Wyoming Environment

We are in the Rocky Mountain high plains with an elevation of 5,009 feet.  The higher elevation makes for thinner air and more intense sunlight.  The weather can be highly unpredictable.  Temperatures can be in excess of 100 degrees during the day.  The evening/nights can easily drop 50-60 degrees from the daytime high.

Fossils

Since 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 further study and identification.

Cost and Booking

The cost for this week long experience is $750.00 per person which includes local transportation.