Summer Classes

Jr. Paleontology Program

This educational simulated excavation for “Junior Paleontologists” ages 4-12 is held 7 days a week at the Mammoth Site from June 1st through August 15th. Sessions are 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm daily June and July. 11am and 1pm only August 1-15th.

Paleontological excavation techniques are taught, including identification of replica mammoth and giant short-faced bear fossils. Wear appropriate clothing as participants get dirty. A parent or guardian must stay at the Mammoth Site during the program with seating available near the dig box. Photos and filming are encouraged. Participants bring home a fossil identification booklet and a Jr. Paleontologist completion certificate suitable for framing.

The Jr. Paleontologist Program fee for each child is $11.06 + tax. Regular Museum admission is not included in the Junior Paleontologist Excavation fee.

Participants are required to attend the Museum’s 30-minute guided tour before the Jr. Dig. On the tour participants hear the Site’s history, learn how the fossils were excavated, and why they are preserved.

Advanced Paleontology Program

Based upon and expanded from our Jr. Paleontologist program, participants 10 and over will be taught proper excavation techniques and bone identification within a mock bonebed environment with replicas made from discoveries within the actual bonebed.  They will also learn how to map and jacket a bone. This class will be offered at 4pm daily June 1st – July 31st and at 2:00 pm daily August 1st – August 15th.

The fee for each participant is $18.43 + tax. Regular Museum admission is not included in the Advanced Paleontology Program fee.

Participants are required to attend the Museum’s 30-minute guided tour before the Advanced Dig. On the tour, participants hear the Site’s history, learn how the fossils were excavated, and why they are preserved.

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