Road Scholar

Enjoy the chance of a lifetime to work at the world-renowned Mammoth Site with expert bonebed and laboratory curators, geologists and paleontologist. Once gigantic mammoths roamed freely on the high plains of North America. Now their remains lay undisturbed, entombed in the earth. Scientists estimate that more than 100 mammoths have accumulated in this small area. Learn how to excavate, record and preserve fossil material along with a site-related field trip. Come, help further research efforts already initiated at the Mammoth Site and increase its role in mammoth research.

Program in association with South Dakota/Regional Traveling Studies.

Note: All excavation and lab work to be performed indoors at the 23,000 square foot climate-controlled facility. The building covers the entire sinkhole-dig site, visitor’s center, classroom, offices and gift shop. Portions of the costs for this program may qualify as a tax-deductible gift. This program is offered in spring and fall. Participants must be able to stand, bend, lift pails of dirt (20-30 lbs) and kneel for extended time while participating in lab and excavation work. Physically demanding and active program.

Accommodations and Meals: Rooms are nonsmoking, all accessible without stairs, cable TV, guest laundry, no pool. All meals included. Fly into Rapid City airport (RAP); shuttle to site available for additional cost.

For more details, visit: https://www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/8925/hands-on-paleontology-excavating-and-preserving-mammoths-in-the-black-hills/dates/ or call 1-605-348-1996.