Learning More About Dinosaurs
Where can I get information about participating in dinosaur digs?
So you want to get your hands dirty and actually dig for dinosaur fossils? As a novice, you will need education, training, and experience. The best way to obtain this is to participate in an organized dig. Depending on the program, there are opportunities ranging from one-day digs in pleasant surroundings to longer expeditions in places like Mongolia. Some programs include formal instruction for college credit, so check the details of the program in which you are interested.
The choices of dinosaur digs are limitless and can sometimes seem overwhelming. The following represents only a sampling of the programs offered by museums, education institutions, and private concerns, and their respective Web sites. Information about other opportunities can be found on the Internet, or in the classified ad sections of magazines dealing with paleontology, science, or nature. (Note: Some of the institutions listed below charge fees for participating in the dinosaur digs. In addition, some of the contact information may change over time.
The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
111-B Gilmour St.
Morden, Manitoba, Canada R6M 1N9
Phone: 204-822-3406 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.discoverfossils.com/
P.O. Box 20000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5020
Phone: 1-888-488-DINO ext. 212
Judith River Dinosaur Institute
Billings, MT 59105
Web site: http://www.montanadinosaurdigs.com/
P.O. Box 786
Bynum, MT 59419
Phone: 1-800-238-6873 or 1-406-469-2314
Web site: http://www.timescale.org/main.html
The Wyoming Dinosaur Center
110 Carter Ranch Rd.
P.O. Box 868
Thermopolis, WY 82443
Phone: 307-864-2997 or 800-455-DINO
Web site: http://server1.wyodino.org/programs/