Paleontology Field Program
Learn How to Find Fossils
Friendship, Learning & Discovery On Our Expeditions!
Triceratops Stalk the Landscape Atop Our Supply ATV
Discovering a New Small Fossil Site
Rugged "Triceratops Gulch" Near Glenrock, Wyoming
Experiential Learning On Our Digs
"Triceratops Gulch" at Glenrock, Wyoming
Jacketing a Triceratops Bone In Our Quarry
Sifting and Measuring In Our Quarry
If you're tired of sitting in an armchair, reading about the adventures of others and ready to get your hands dirty the Field Paleontology Program is for you. Morrison Natural History Museum has partnered with the Glenrock Paleon Museum in Glenrock, Wyoming to offer the fossil expedition experience of a lifetime.
Spend two to five days working with museum crews as they explore fossil sites of the Upper Cretaceous beds of Wyoming. Collect at fossil microsites, containing dinosaur teeth, turtles and crocodylians, which will help to better understand the life of Late Cretaceous Wyoming. Help excavate the skeleton of a large ceratopsian. Learn mapping and jacketing techniques. Assist in prospecting for new fossil sites, and maybe just make a huge discovery of your own.
The fossils you recover will be curated in the permanent collection of the Glenrock Paleon Museum. As you unearth fossils, your efforts will be documented with photos and your name permanently attached to your find in the Paleon's collection. We will get you to the dig sites, provide you with excavation equipment and a hearty field-lunch, and provide instruction and guidance every step of the way. The rest of the experience is up to you.
Participants must be at least fourteen years old, of good health, and physically able to endure the various weather and temperatures conditions of the Wyoming wilderness. The nature of fossil collection and excavation requires participants to be physically independent, with the ability to sit, kneel, crouch, and lay on the ground for extended periods of time in outdoor conditions. The activity will also include standing and walking for extended periods of time in outdoor conditions.
|June||3 - 4||Closed||0 slots available|
|July||8 - 9||Now accepting reservations||7 slots available|
|August||5 - 6||Now accepting reservations||4 slots available|
|September||2 - 3||Now accepting reservations||5 slots available|
|June||19 - 23||Closed||0 slots available|
|July||17 - 21||Now accepting reservations||7 slots available|
|August||28 - Sept. 1||Now accepting reservations||9 slots available|
|September||11 - 15||Now accepting reservations||9 slots available|
|Two Day Dig||$300 per person|
|Five Day Expedition||$750 per person|
Paleontologists will secretly admit that they pursued this career for one reason: the fashion. Play dress-up with safety and comfort in mind. Western weather is unpredictable, and temperatures can swing from hot to cold quickly. Dressing in layers, including a jacket, will ensure your comfort. Since Wyoming wind makes shade structures short-lived, you must create your own shade with your attire. Wear loose-fitting long sleeves and pants. A broad-brimmed hat is a must. Broken-in leather boots are vital; high-top boots are best to keep your ankles supported. A bandanna, buff, sunglasses, work gloves, and a value-jug of sunblock will increase your comfort.
If you show up hatless, in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops not only will we make fun of you, but we can't take you out into the field that day for your own safety.
Participants must be at least 14 years old at the time of the program. A dedicated parent/guardian must be enrolled in the program and aware of the minor's needs and behavior at all times. If your teen is able to unplug from a screen and focus on repetitive tasks for an extended period of time, this program will suit your child well.
The program takes place in central Wyoming, with the Town of Glenrock as our base. Transportation to Glenrock is the responsibility of the participant.
Some dig sites are accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles. Sites that require a four-wheel drive access will be provided by museum staff. Should participants desire to use their own vehicles, please fill out the transportation release form attached to this message.
Lodging is the responsibility of the participant, and is not included in enrollment fees. Glenrock hosts two lodging venues and a campground. Nearby Douglas, Wyoming offers more variety in lodging.
Lunch is provided at the dig site. While we recognize that you're attending for the fossils not the food, we will provide a variety of sandwich fixings and sides. If you require a specific diet or have food allergies or sensitivities you may have to provide your own food.
Tuition for the five-day program is $750 per person. The two-day program is $300 per person. A non-refundable deposit of $60 per person for the two-day program or $150 per person for the five-day program will be required upon the approval of the registration paperwork.
Full payment is due four weeks before the start date of the program. Cancellation up to six weeks in advance of the start date will result in full refund sans 20% deposit. Reservations may be transferred for an additional deposit.
Should the program be cancelled, participants will be refunded in full, including the deposit. Programs will be cancelled no less than four weeks prior to the start date.
Is this dig right for me?
In the field, romance of expedition quickly turns to the reality of excavation. It will be hot. There will be no shade. It will be windy, and grit will stick to your sweaty skin. You will suffer for your science. But, you will also contribute to paleontology by making your own discoveries and placing them in a public collection for all to marvel.