Making Mammoth Memories By: Bethany Cook
The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs is a must see stop when visiting The Black Hills. With the world’s largest concentration of mammoths you have the opportunity to travel back in time 26,000 years ago and walk the edges of a sinkhole where these creatures met their untimely death.
The Mammoth Site offers additional experiences that allows you to personalize your stop and make memorable moments for you and your family.
Take a 30 minute tour, with wireless headsets where you walk the edges of the sinkhole with a guide.
Not enough time but still want to see the Bonebed? You have the option for a self-guided tour as well.
After your tour, you make your way to the Ice Age Exhibit Hall where you will find exhibits such as: Lyuba and Dima, baby mammoth mummies discovered in Siberia. A replica of a Giant Short-Faced Bear, a walk-in mammoth bone-hut and a life size replica of a Columbian mammoth.
You also have the opportunity to make your way down to the laboratory where you can see volunteers and interns working in the lab, especially in the summer.
What else can you do? This is where you can customize your experiences at the Site. The Mammoth Site is featuring “Titans of the Ice Age” a 30 minute film in a 3D theater that is located in the Ice Age Exhibit Hall. You can purchase your tickets prior to your tour or after. The film shows every 30 minutes starting at 9:00 a.m. and the last showing is at 7:00 p.m. daily.
Want something more for kids? The Mammoth Site offers Summer Educational Programs such as:
Junior Paleontologist Excavation – ages 4 through 12, 16 per class. During this one hour simulated dig, children learn paleontological excavation techniques using tools that paleontologist use and will excavate full size replicas of the actual Mammoth Site Bonebed fossils. They will also learn identification of replica mammoth and Giant short-faced bear fossils.
Advanced Paleontologist Excavation – ages 10 and older, 16 per class. Based upon and expanded from our Jr. Paleontologist program, participants will be taught proper excavation techniques and bone identification within a simulated Bonebed environment with replicas made from discoveries within the actual Bonebed.
Atlatl Throwing Experience – ages 5 and older, 20 per class. Participants in this one hour class are taught the history, types and techniques of the Atlatl and practice throwing the Atlatl. The Atlatl is an ancient spear used by Paleo Indians for hunting.
To sign up for these experiences is easy you can visit The Mammoth Site Gift Shop or register when you arrive.
Your family vacation is a time to make memories and make this vacation a “MAMMOTH” one by visiting The Mammoth Site!