Camping in Mountains

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*Prices and dates subject to change,

2022 Dates
1 week/Monday-Friday
Week 1: June 6-June 10
Week 2: June 13-June 17
Week 3: June 20-June 24
Week 4: June 27-July 1

Space is limited to
8 people per week

Dig: $700/week*
18+
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Fossils found:   
Mammoths, Giant Short-Faced Bear, Camel, Llama and many other species
Period: Pleistocene

A unique camp, giving high school students the unforgettable experience as working paleontologists.

 $1,195 per week

August 14-19 

Students entering 8-12 grades

Montana Learning Center |
Ekalaka, MT

A walk-up site, accessible to all ages. Find fossilized plants, insect and fish. No reservations necessary

$5-$15

Open Wed-Sun May, Sept & Oct

Open Daily Memorial-Labor Days

All Ages

A Devonian age site absolutely filled with trilobites. All ages are welcome. General admission and private expeditions available.

G.A.: $11-$14/day

Expeditions: $42-$49/day

Open daily Mar - Oct

All Ages

Penn Dixie Fossil Park |
Hamburg, NY

2022 Dates

1 week/Monday-Friday

Week 1: June 6-June 10

Week 2: June 13-June 17

Week 3: June 20-June 24

Week 4: June 27-July 1

Space is limited to 8 people per week

18+

Dig
$700/week
Add the 4-day itinerary  $4,300
Add the 9-day itinerary  $8,000

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Clicking the above links will take you directly to this dig's contact page. Participation is subject to availability and is at the full discretion of the dig location. Prices and dates dates subject to change. 

Based on double occupancy. | Flights and rental car costs not included | Prices and dates subject to change.

Banana Leaf

The Willow Springs campsite, in the southern Laramie Valley has served as a travel route for millennia, starting with the Native Americans that called the Plains home. In more recent times during the mid-1800s, the same path was traversed by the Overland Stage Route, Union Pacific Railroad. The site has served as a hub of continuous human occupation for at least 1,500 years, with hints that there is far older archaeology reaching back nearly 13,000 years.

 

In 2021, the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist (OWSA) began conducting fieldwork at Willow Springs, after a hiatus of nearly 60 years. Previous excavations at the site uncovered an extensive Native American campsite with stone tools, pottery pieces, animal bones and beads. The site has yielded at least a dozen Folsom and other Paleoindian points and is one of the largest prehistoric ceramics assemblages that have ever been found in Wyoming.  

 

In the prehistoric era (>300 years ago), the site appears to have been a major bison hunting camp, where people prepared for hunts and processed hide and meat from the animals after hunting success. This activity appears to have persisted into the so-called ‘Protohistoric era’, as indicated by European trade goods.

 

In the historic era of this location, written and oral records tell us that the site appears to have played some role in the early Overland Trail. This was a stage line that operated during the 1860s prior to the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Given the large quantity of ammunition and shell cartridges, the site may have been the site of a small, undocumented skirmish during the historic era.

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Going on a dig

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2022 Dates
June 15-26

Paleo X Dig
$1,299/1 week

$500 deposit due by May 31

Clicking the above link will take you directly 
to this dig's booking page

21+

Participation is subject to availability and is at the full discretion of the dig location. Prices and dates dates subject to change. 

Option 3: Big Dig-Kronosaurus Korner-Not for 2022?

  • 10+ yrs with children 10-16 accompanied by a paying adult.

  • July 12-16. Space is limited to 14 participants

Unlock your inner-palaeontologist and explore Australia’s ancient marine past. Kronosaurus Korner is offering a 5-day field experience in July. Participants will experience an authentic fossil dig with our resident Palaeontologist and Curator who will teach adventurers how to find, identify, and excavate a large 100 million year old fossil.

 

Your Big Dig experience begins at Kronosaurus Korner with a tour learning about the palaeogeography of Richmond and the amazing prehistoric life that existed in the local area. The tour features the most complete marine reptile known from Australia (the Richmond polycotylid) along with other marine creatures of the Early Cretaceous Eromanga Seaway – from ichthyosaurs to ammonites and even the occasional pterosaur. 

We will then travel daily to the dig site in the local area. This specimen’s details have remained top secret from all but the Kronosaurus Staff. Under our guidance you will learn to differentiate between the fossils and surrounding rock. You will be amongst the first to witness the fossils emerging after 100 million years. There may be the requirement for extracting the fossil from the site in a plaster jacket. All participants will be given the opportunity to be involved in this process.

Although Kronosaurus Korner puts no age limit on participants, we that Big Dig participants be over the age of 10. Children aged 10-16 years must be accompanied by a paying adult. This is because some of the tools and technique used in fossil preparation require dedicated focus and physical strength.

 

It is important to emphasize that any fossils found at the site must not be retained for private collections.The state of Queensland has laws regarding vertebrate fossils and it is imperative that we follow these regulations.

Cost and What's Included

  • Dig only: AU$1,500.00 per person per 5 day dig. Includes morning tea and lunch each day

  • Dig + Accommodations: AU$2,500.00 per person or $4,000.00 per couple per 5 day dig. Includes accommodation at Lakeview Caravan Park and all meals

 

  • Five days of fossil excavation with all digging tools and equipment supplied

  • A tour of Kronosaurus Korner with palaeontologist Michelle Johnston

  • All lunch, snacks and beverages at the dig site

  • Rainy day activities, including palaeontology lectures and fossil preparation courses

For the Big Dig, you'll also need:

  • A backpack

  • Work clothes - including some long sleeved shirts

  • Notebook & pens

  • Rain gear

  • Fly veil

  • Gaiters

Montana Dinosaur Center  |
Bynum, MT

At this site, you'll be digging up multiple species of dinosaurs and other extinct creatures in an area where the first dinosaur eggs and baby dinosaurs were found. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that's open to all ages in Montana.

$110-$225  per day

Half-day tours & full-day digs

All Ages

The Mammoth Site |
Hot Springs, SD

Excavate mammoths and other Ice Age fauna in an enclosed location for one week

$700 per week

5 days

Ages: 18+

Triceratops Gulch |
Glenrock, WY

Dinosaur bones abound on this 3-day dig in the Lance Formation of Wyoming.

$690

3 days

Adults & 14-17 accompanied by adult

Australian Age of Dinosaurs |
Queensland, Australia

Learn to prepare 100 million year old dinosaur fossils for research and display at these instructive Prep-A-Fossil workshops. 

From AU $99-$359

1 Day, 3-Day & 5-Day Prep-a-Dino Experience

Ages 12+

Kronosaurus Korner |
Queensland, Australia

A prehistoric dig experience in the Outback of Queensland where giant marine reptiles, fossil fish, squid, shark teeth and bivalves are waiting to be found.

From Au $40 for 2 hours

From AU $100 for 1 day

2 hours & 1 day digs

All Ages

.Lightning Ridge Fossil Dig |
New South Wales, Australia

A rare opportunity to join the search for opalised fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs at Lightning Ridge.

AU $2,200

6 days

Ages 18+

Paleo X |
Jordan, MT

Excavate dinosaurs in the heart of the Badlands and fossil country. Join for a week and help unearth the giants of the Cretaceous.

$1,299

June 19-25

Ages 16+

What's Included in the Cost:

 

Breakfast and lunch are provided to all participants. Camping and space for pull-behind campers is available onsite, but all dig participants must provide their own camping equipment, or RV.  For those camping on-site, dinner will also be provided. The site has portable toilets and fresh water.

For those who prefer to stay in town, there are many accommodations to choose from in the town of Laramie which is only 20 minutes away, but this is not covered in the program cost.

What to Bring:

Campers must bring all camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and chairs. Please ensure tents and poles can withstand high winds. No cooking supplies are needed, unless you would like to have your own special snacks and drinks.

Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the site each day. The site is accessible by any vehicle, but high clearance vehicles are recommended (e.g., a Subaru or Rav4 at least).

 

All participants will need to bring basic work attire, including work boots, work gloves, a water bottle, sunscreen, strong insect repellant, and preferably long sleeve shirts and long pants.