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Two Day Dig

TWO DAY 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 your two day experience is $300.00 per person which includes local transportation.  Booking is done through our sister museum, Morrison Museum of Natural History.

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 a behind the scene and hands on look at the excavation and preparation of the fossils we find.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing this out of the ordinary experience.