Paleontology Field Program

Dig for Dinosaurs!

  1. Overview
  2. Weekend Digs
  3. Big Digs
  4. Fees
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Learn to dig dinosaurs with us!

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 Lance Formation of Wyoming. Learn basic geological concepts to put fossils into context of time. Develop the eye for recognizing rock from bone as we teach you how to prospect for fossils. 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 field jacketing techniques for the safe recovery of fossils bones. 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, which is used for research and display. 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. 

Youth interested in the "Kid's Dig" should be eight years old, however maturity, ability to focus, and keen listening skills are more important than the individual's age. Contact Matthew Mossbrucker ( to schedule an evaluation of your child to make sure this program is a good fit. 

Participants must be at least fourteen years old for the adult two-day digs and the five-day expedition, 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.

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.