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Root Beer Floats at The Mammoth Site
Root Beer Floats at The Mammoth Site

Root Beer Floats at The Mammoth Site

Save the Date for August 6, 2019 for “National Root Beer Float Day”.

Join The Mammoth Site on August 6, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for “National Root Beer Float Day”. Root Beer Floats are with a free will donation and the proceeds will benefit The Mammoth Site’s Education Programs. Also a “Mammoth” Thank you to Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country and Sweet Treats from Rapid City for being the sponsors of this event!

The Mammoth Site is open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 7:00 p.m.
The Mammoth Site is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization and the only Accredited Museum in the Black Hills. The Mammoth Site is also only one of three museums that is Accredited in South Dakota.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

The Mammoth Site Ice Age Explorers Program Session 1
The Mammoth Site Ice Age Explorers Program Session 1

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. would like to welcome our participants for session one in The Mammoth Site Ice Age Explorers Program formally called The Mammoth Site Excavation and Preservation Program. This is the fifth year for the program. The first session started June 2, 2019 and ends June 15, 2019.
The Mammoth Site Ice Age Explorer Program is a four-week excavation each summer, which is divided into two 2-week sessions. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the program. There is also a cost, which covers your room and board.
As a participant in Ice Age Explorer Program, participants spend time excavating in the Bonebed, screenwashing excavated sediments, participating in Bonebed mapping, working in the research lab on a variety of projects, and tour the molding & casting laboratory.

If you are interested in becoming an Ice Age Explorer contact The Mammoth Site at 605-745-6017 or visit the website at mammothsite.org

For more information, please contact Bethany Cook at news@mammothsite.org or at 605-745-6017.

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.”
(Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

Hot Springs, South Dakota– May 23, 2019: The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs an Educational and Scientific Research Institution announced today that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its ninth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that are consistently excellent – having earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
“We are so excited to make this announcement and honored to have received this award.” The Mammoth Site strives to provide excellent hospitality to our visitors.” –Bethany Cook, Public Relations Coordinator

Mother’s Day Care and Share at The Mammoth Site Recap

A “Mammoth” Thank You to Everyone that Visited on Mother’s Day!

The Mammoth Site welcomed approximately 205 visitors on Mother’s Day that came to see the Site as part of the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive.

Visitors were able to visit The Mammoth Site for free on Sunday May 12, 2019 by bringing three non-perishable food items per person. The items that were brought to the Site go to the Hot Springs Food Pantry for KOTA Care and Share Food Drive.

The Mother’s Day event gave The Mammoth Site the opportunity to donate 223 pounds of food and a check totaling $105.00 to the Hot Springs Food Pantry.

The Mammoth Site is open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 7:00 p.m.
The Mammoth Site is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization and the only Accredited Museum in the Black Hills. The Mammoth Site is also only one of three museums that is Accredited in South Dakota.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
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Mammoth Site Summer Hours

New Hours at The Mammoth Site Beginning May 15, 2019

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. is announcing its new summer hours starting May 15 through August 15, 2019.
The new hours will be 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. daily and the last tour will be at 7:00 p.m. each day.

We Dig Big at The Mammoth Site. This Educational and Scientific Research Institution is an active paleontological dig site and accredited museum. Named the number one museum by USA Today in South Dakota and the coolest museum in South Dakota by The Discoverer Blog The Mammoth Site is a must see for all ages. We offer guided tours, summer programs for children, exhibits and hands-on displays. Open year-round and universally accessible.

For more information, please contact Bethany Cook at news@mammothsite.org or at 605-745-6017.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
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Join the fun April 26, 2019 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at The Mammoth Site Murder Mystery Night! This fun night helps The Mammoth Site raise funds for Education and Research. The funds allow the Site to give free field trips to local schools and reduced prices to schools throughout the United States. Contributions from this fundraiser helped thousands of students from throughout the Region visit the Site in 2018, to learn about the Late Ice Age from our working paleontological dig site

PIERRE –The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $20,000 South Dakota Fund grant to the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Inc. Funds will provide partial support to increase accessibility for visitors at the site.

The Mammoth Site to Excavate at the Snake River Fossil Site
The Mammoth Site to Excavate at the Snake River Fossil Site

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. would like to announce an exciting new project. The Mammoth Site will be excavating at the Snake River Fossil Site in Minnesota May 5-May 11, 2019.
The Mammoth Site’s focus will remain mammoths but in order to have a broader understanding of the region during the Late Ice Age, we have taken a new approach to exploring different fossil animals such as Bison. We have been expanding our research, over the past two years, to include Bison and other keystone species. Although not found in The Mammoth Site Bonebed, Bison were and are significant to the region. We have added new Bison exhibits in our Ice Age Exhibit Hall that features Ice Age Bison and the Snake River Fossil Site.
The Mammoth Site is working with the Snake River Bison Farm in central Minnesota. Ice Age Bison fossils were discovered on the Farm’s pastures located near the Snake River of Sherburne County. Exploratory work was initiated there by The Mammoth Site in the spring of 2018. Paleontologists from The Mammoth Site will excavate the Snake River Fossil Site during the first week of May.
During this excavation, we will be conducting four test pits to research the peat bog. The lower sandy layer dates to the Ice Age, at least 10,000 years old.
For more information, look for updates as the excavation approaches. During the excavation visit our website at mammothsite.org and also on our social media channels. For additional information, please contact Bethany Cook at news@mammothsite.org or at 605-745-6017.

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

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Do You have a “Trunk” Load of Gifts to Wrap?
Do You have a “Trunk” Load of Gifts to Wrap?

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. will be doing holiday gift wrapping this year. Let The Mammoth Site help you with your holiday wrapping by bringing your gifts for us to wrap from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. This is a free will donation.
The Mammoth Site gift wrapping fundraiser this holiday season is to make our Bonebed more accessible to visitors.
As the only accredited museum in the Black Hills, please help us remain a premier museum as we continue to make our education and one-of-a-kind research more accessible to everyone.
This is a great way to get your gift wrapping completed while helping support a great cause. Also a “Mammoth” Thank You to our local Ace Hardware, Christmas in the Hills, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Shopko for donating our gift wrapping supplies for our fundraiser.
For more information on this exciting new event call 605-745-6017.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. will be having a Fossil Fright Night on October 25, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Guests will experience The Mammoth Site in a new way. Flashlight Bonebed Tours, Scary Stations in the Bonebed, the Ice Age Exhibit Hall will feature candy and learning stations with a miniature golf station in the Sharon McLain Classroom.
Admission will be three cans of non-perishable food items per person or $3.52 per person. The food collected that evening will be donated to the local Hot Springs Food Pantry. Money raised will go towards public education at the Site.
Halloween costumes are encouraged. This event will provide a safe, fun and learning environment for children and people of all ages.
This is a great way to spend a night with friends and family so make plans to attend The Mammoth Site Fossil Fright Night, Thursday, October 25, 2018. For more information on this exciting new event call 605-745-6017.

The Mammoth Site Receives $10,000.00 in Grant Award
The Mammoth Site Receives $10,000.00 in Grant Award

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. would like to give a “Mammoth” Thank You to the BNSF Railway Foundation for the recent grant award of $10,000.00. The grant will be used to help update and create new exhibits at The Mammoth Site.
According to Presston Gabel, Mammoth Site Business Manager, “Through the continued support of the BNSF Railway Foundation and other like-minded Foundations, The Mammoth Site has been able to continue to grow and stay at the forefront of Science Education and Research as it relates to The Mammoth Site and the Black Hills as a whole during the last Ice Age.”
For more information please contact Bethany Cook at news@mammothsite.org or at 605-745-6017.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

The Mammoth Site received a surprise last month when the new analysis for the new age of the Sinkhole was confirmed as being at least 140,000 years old. The Mammoth Site dates back to the Pleistocene (Ice Age) and so far all of the geochemical dating (such as radiocarbon dating) has indicated that the sinkhole was full of warm water and struggling mammoths about 26,000 years ago. Dr. Jim Mead, Chief Scientist of The Mammoth Site Science Team wanted to take a closer look at assessing the age and finding a more precise date – they wanted to try new technique.
Dr. Steve Holen, a Mammoth Site Science Associate and Board Member has been collaborating with a colleague Dr. Shannon A. Mahan of the US Geological Survey in Denver for a number of years. They have been using OSL (Optically Stimulated Luminescence) dating on some of Holen’s mammoth sites in Nebraska and around the region. So, on January 8, 2016, a group assembled at The Mammoth Site and took a number of samples of sediments to analyze for OSL dating.

New Hours at The Mammoth Site Beginning May 15, 2018
New Hours at The Mammoth Site Beginning May 15, 2018

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. is announcing its new summer hours starting May 15 through August 15, 2018.
The new hours will be 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. daily and the last tour will be at 7:00 p.m. each day.
For more information, please contact Bethany Cook at news@mammothsite.org or at 605-745-6017.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018 visit The Mammoth Site for free with three non-perishable food items per person.

Enjoy Mother’s Day at The Mammoth Site. Visitors can visit The Mammoth Site for Free, Sunday May 13, 2018 by bringing three non-perishable food items per person. The items that are brought to the Site will be donated to the Hot Springs Food Pantry for KOTA Care and Share Food Drive.

Join the fun April 27, 2018 from 7:00-10:30 p.m. at The Mammoth Site Casino Night! This fun night helps The Mammoth Site raise funds for the Educational and Research Fund. The funds allow the Site to give free field trips to local schools and reduced prices to schools throughout the United States. Contributions from this fundraiser helped 899 schools from South Dakota and Nebraska visit the Site in 2017, to learn about the Late Ice Age from our working paleontological dig site!

Mammoth changes have been happening at The Mammoth Site over the last few months. The Mammoth Site Admissions and Gift Shop area has transformed in the past two months as staff has been working very hard to complete all of the changes before the summer season begins.
The Admissions Desk is now located towards the front entrance of the Site. The desk used to be in the center of the Gift Shop but now with the new location it creates an inviting atmosphere for our guests.

The Mammoth Site Receives $1,000.00 in Grant Award
The Mammoth Site Receives $1,000.00 in Grant Award

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. would like to give a “Mammoth” Thank You to the Shopko Foundation for the recent grant award of $1,000.00. The grant will be used to help update and create new exhibits at The Mammoth Site.
According to Presston Gabel, Mammoth Site Business Manager, “Through the continued support of the Shopko Foundation and other like-minded Foundations, The Mammoth Site has been able to continue to grow and stay at the forefront of Science Education and Research as it relates to The Mammoth Site and the Black Hills as a whole during the last Ice Age.”
For more information please contact Bethany Cook at news@mammothsite.org or at 605-745-6017.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

A collaboration project with The Mammoth Site, the Channel Islands National Park and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History began when a mammoth skull was excavated from the Channel Islands last September.

The Mammoth Site team traveled 1,300 miles last week to meet with its collaborative partners in Santa Barbara, California to discuss the next steps of this process and begin the preservation work that will be done by Mammoth Site Preparator, Monica Bugbee. Monica will spend the next four weeks at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to begin the work of cleaning and preserving the mammoth skull. Read More.

The Mammoth Site Receives $10,000 in Grant Award

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. would like to give a “Mammoth” Thank You to the Robert and Rita Elmen Foundation for the recent grant award of $10,000.00. The grant will be used to help with updating new exhibits at The Mammoth Site.
According to Presston Gabel, Mammoth Site Business Manager, “Through the continued support of the Robert and Rita Elmen Foundation and other like-minded Foundations, The Mammoth Site has been able to continue to grow and stay at the forefront of Science Education and Research as it relates to The Mammoth Site and the Black Hills as a whole during the last Ice Age.”
For more information please contact Bethany Cook at news@mammothsite.org or at 605-745-6017.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

The Mammoth Site Receives $170,000 in Grant Award
The Mammoth Site Receives $170,000 in Grant Award

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. would like to give a “Mammoth” Thank You to the David B. Jones Foundation for the recent grant award of $170,000.00 to be used for naming rights to Theater 1 in The Mammoth Site Learning Center.
According to Presston Gabel, Mammoth Site Business Manager, “Through the continued support of the David B. Jones Foundation and other like-minded Foundations, The Mammoth Site has been able to continue to grow and keep at the forefront of Science Education and Research as it relates to The Mammoth Site and the Black Hills as a whole during the last Ice Age.”
For more information please contact Bethany Cook at news@mammothsite.org or at 605-745-6017.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.” (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).