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JR. PALEONTOLOGY | ADVANCED PALEONTOLOGY 

Jr. Paleontology Program

This educational simulated excavation for “Junior Paleontologists” ages 4-12 is held 7 days a week at the Mammoth Site from June 1st through August 15th. Sessions are 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm daily June and July. 11am only August 1-15th.

Paleontological excavation techniques are taught, including identification of replica mammoth and giant short-faced bear fossils. Wear appropriate clothing as participants get dirty. A parent or guardian must stay at the Mammoth Site during the program with seating available near the dig box. Photos and filming are encouraged. Participants bring home a fossil identification booklet and a Jr. Paleontologist completion certificate suitable for framing.

The Jr. Paleontologist Program fee for each child is $11.06 + tax. Regular Museum admission is not included in the Junior Paleontologist Excavation fee.

Participants are required to attend the Museum’s 30-minute guided tour before the Jr. Dig. On the tour participants hear the Site’s history, learn how the fossils were excavated, and why they are preserved.

Advanced Paleontology Program

Based upon and expanded from our Jr. Paleontologist program, participants 10 and over will be taught proper excavation techniques and bone identification within a mock bonebed environment with replicas made from discoveries within the actual bonebed.  They will also learn how to map and jacket a bone. This class will be offered at 4pm daily; June 1st – July 31st.  Daily at 2:00 pm August 1st – August 15th.

The fee for each participant is $18.43 + tax. Regular Museum admission is not included in the Advanced Paleontology Program fee.

Participants are required to attend the Museum’s 30-minute guided tour before the Advanced Dig. On the tour, participants hear the Site’s history, learn how the fossils were excavated, and why they are preserved.

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Contact Us: by email clayo@mammothsite.org or by phone: 605-745-6017

Our Visitors Say It Best…

leaf“The Mammoth Site is not just a window into the past—it’s as close to being a true time machine as you’ll find, with some of the best ice-age fossils on the planet on permanent display.”
Ross MacPhee,
Division of Vertebrate Zoology,
American Museum of Natural History, New York City

leaf“The students examined fossil and non-fossil examples then made their own fossil imprints. The students had great fun and loved the activity.”
Savage Branch Library
Howard County, MD

leaf“We used the Kindergarten through 5th grade kits for an evening program and presentation. The parents were very impressed and the teachers loved the completeness of the lesson plans. They were easy to work with also during class time.”
Meeker Elementary School District,
Meeker, CO