What Does A Dig Consist Of
Paleon Museum's Dig for a Day
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!
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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. The cost of the program is $75 per person or $200 per family of four. We require at least 24 hours notice to set up your dig and payment will be required in advance.
You will need to bring your lunch or be prepared to eat at one of Glenrock’s fine establishments. Sunscreen is a must as well as long pants, a hat, and good walking shoes (boots are preferable, but not required). Feel free to bring cameras to record your experience with us! Families with smaller children should understand that there is some walking involved, and the weather can get pretty warm (above 90 degrees) so bring plenty of water. 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. Also, there are no on-site restroom facilities, so be ready for the “camping” experience!
Since the Glenrock Paleon Museum is an education and research facility, it is important that all identifiable fossils found at the dig sites remain with the museum for further study, so please make sure you have permission before you try to take any of your finds home. 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.
Paleon Museum's Dig for a Week
"Paleo-Discovery Digs" Program Overview
Thank you for inquiring about our Paleo-Discovery Digs! When you join us, your time will be spent 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. No prior experience is necessary.
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.
Your week will be spent experiencing the various dig sites we offer in Wyoming. One day may be spent searching for ocean creatures and the next day may be spent looking for T-Rex and Triceratops. We have many options and like to design our outings around our vacationist's interests and goals.
Director of Paleontology Sean Smith will be your instructor along with field personnel that are present to guide and help you wherever necessary. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience, so be prepared to stimulate your mind.
Our area is considered high plains short grass plains, with semi-arid environment. Our weather is highly unpredictable and you should be prepared for temperatures up to 100 degrees during the day, and cool nights. The elevation in Glenrock is 5,009 feet, so be aware that the air is thinner and sun more intense at higher elevations. 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 at least in middle school, for the interest, physical ability and attention span required. Of course, high school and college students are given more challenging sites and tasks, and can learn a great deal about paleontology.
Cameras are welcome and encouraged to record your experience with us. Wyoming is famous for its spectacular scenery and wildlife. You will likely see deer and antelope as well as a variety of birds and other wildlife.
Since the Glenrock Paleon Museum is an education and research facility, it is important that all identifiable fossils found at the dig sites remain with the museum for 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.
The cost for this week long experience is $600.00 per person which includes local transportation.
A $200.00 per person non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration with the remaining balance due 4 weeks prior to the dig date.
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 and hands on look at the excavation and preparation of the fossils we find. We certainly hope you will join us for this out of the ordinary experience.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our programs. Check our calendar for the current digs available.