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Dig for a Day: Wyoming Dinosaur Center
October 31, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join Us For A Real Jurassic Adventure!
If you’re looking for a “real-life adventure,” join us on the dig site hunting for dinosaur bones. Our Dig For A Day Program appeals to all ages, from young children to active senior citizens. Participants dig in the bone bed to discover leg bones, tailbones, ribs and claws, and complete skeletons. Individuals and families are welcome. A parent or legal guardian must accompany small children and young people under age 18.
Wyoming Dinosaur Center staff and visitors have removed more than 10,000 bones from the excavation sites. Most fossils are from long-necked sauropods (camarasaur, diplodocus, camptosaur, apatosaur). The ranch dig sites include a “bone bed” formed by an ancient stream that washed bones together in a channel of a river and then buried them in the silts. Another site appears to be a feeding site for the meat eating Allosaur.
If you find fossils, they will remain at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center as they are your contribution to science. Your name, the bone and location will be recorded in our bone registry for all to see! The information and fossils you gather will be used to help our scientific studies. Of course we cannot guarantee you will find a fossil, but even if you do not, you have helped scientists learn more about the site itself.
The Dig For A Day Program is limited to first-come-first-serve. Advance registration is required. You should be in good physical health as the hill can be strenuous. Our climate is dry; the dig sites are about 4,500 feet above sea level, and it is easy to feel the effects of the sun at that altitude. Not to worry though – you are not alone. Our staff will be on-hand to answer questions and to help at all times.
You may dig with us 7 days a week, late May through mid September (weather permitting). Our climate averages about 321 clear days a year. When we do not feel conditions on the hill are safe, we will cancel the dig. Your money will be refunded in full, or we will work with you to reschedule your dig if possible. If your plans change and you cannot participate, we will refund your money as long as you cancel 30 days prior to your reserved date.
What To Expect
- A brief orientation begins at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center at 8 am on the day of the dig. We will introduce you to local geology and paleontology as well as digging techniques and data collection procedures.
- Transportation to the site leaves about 8:15 a.m. A sack lunch is provided at the dig site.
- If you find a dinosaur fossil, technicians will show you how to preserve it while you are working and how to document your find.
- Equipment is checked in about 3:20 p.m. The van leaves the dig sites for the Center at 3:30 p.m. You will be back at the museum for a guided tour by 4:00.
- If you arrive the evening before your dig, stop by the museum. We’ll be glad to visit with you about the dig, and you can tour the museum and see technicians at work on bones from the dig sites.
What It Costs
- Adults: $ 150.00 per day
- Children: $ 100.00 per day
- Deposit: $ 50.00 per person (must be made at the time of reservation)
To register for the Dig for a Day Program or for more information, please call (800) 455-3466!
We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Cost includes materials, tools to excavate fossils and document activities, lunch and transportation to and from the dig site.