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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:

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Dino Digs

P.O. Box 20000

Grand Junction, CO 81502-5020

Phone: 1-888-488-DINO ext. 212

E-mail: Web site:

Judith River Dinosaur Institute

Box 51177

Billings, MT 59105

Phone: 406-696-5842


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Timescale Adventures

P.O. Box 786

Bynum, MT 59419

Phone: 1-800-238-6873 or 1-406-469-2314


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The Wyoming Dinosaur Center

110 Carter Ranch Rd.

P.O. Box 868

Thermopolis, WY 82443

Phone: 307-864-2997 or 800-455-DINO


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