So your kids want to hunt for fossils?
For the experience of a lifetime and a great vacation your kids will never forget, there are dinosaur digs and fossil hunting trips that are open to kids.
If you are looking for a fossil dig or dinosaur dig that accepts children, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Montana Learning Center Camp in Ekalaka, Montana
2021 Cost: $1,195 for a week
Ages: Students entering 8th-12th grades
When you are a paleontologist and it's “Bring your kid to work day.” That is what it’s like for teenagers who attend the Montana Learning Center fossil dig camp. For a camp experience your teenager will never forget, this active paleontology dig in the fossil-rich Hell Creek formation combines learning, independence and accomplishment all into one week-long trip. Students will learn how to identify, dig and prepare 66-million-year-old Mosasaur fossils. The Cretaceous and Paleocene rocks also abound in ancient reptile, fish, mammal and ammonite fossils. Students will also learn how to prepare the fossils for research and display at the Carter County Museum.
Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, Montana
2021 Cost: $100/day
Ages: 5-11 year olds (accompanied by parents)
For the budding paleontologist in your life, this 3-hour program teaches children about the science and techniques of geology and paleontology while working with real dinosaur fossils.
Great Plains Dinosaur Museum also offers a one to five day “adult dig” for ages 12+.
Stonerose Interpretive Center in Republic, Washington
2021 Cost: $5-$15/day
Be a paleontologist or paleobotanist for a day! This walk-up site in the quaint town of Republic is a self-guided fossil-hunters’ paradise. Stonerose is a long weekend trip from Seattle or Spokane. The site charges a daily entry fee for tools and access to search for 50-million year old plant, insect and fish fossils. Everyone is guaranteed to find something and both young and old can take 3 fossils home with them each day.
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