Dinosaur Excavation and Taphonomic Research Project

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All costs are per individual.

For a student earning four credits (a four-week stay) the costs are:

 undergraduate tuition (paid to Southwestern) $1116  
 site fees, other expenses, food, transportation, etc.  deposit   $100    
 remainder   $896  $996  
 field note book $5  
TOTAL:   $2117  
 text   est $70  
 graduate tuition (paid to Southwestern) $2244  
 site fees, other expenses, food, transportation, etc.  deposit   $100    
 remainder   $896  $996  
 field note book $5  
TOTAL:   $3245  
 text   est $70  

For others, staying for part or all of the time, the costs per person can be calculated from length of the stay:

  fees/day  food/day   total/day
day 1–7 of your stay$18    $28    $46    
day 8–14 of your stay$9    $22    $31    
day 15–21 of your stay$5    $16    $21    
day 22 or longer$0    $0    $0    
SWAU to site$130 
site to SWAU$130 
local transportation & admissions$50   $310 total
airport run to Rapid City$40 

As an example, for someone staying 9 days and enjoying the culinary efforts of the group, the fees and food would be:

 days 1–77 days @ $46/day$322
 days 8–92 days @ $31/day  $62

From the above tables, the cost for a month including site fees, food, transportation from and back to SWAU, local transportation and admissions is exactly $996. The total cost just for fees and food for a stay of 21 days or longer is $686.

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All costs are calculated on the day you arrive and the day you leave; that is, the nights you are on-site. Some adjustment may be made upon request. You can get the greatest time in the quarry for the least cost by arriving early in the morning on your arrival date and leaving late in the day on your departure date. And the longer you stay generally the less the cost per day!

For a day visitor; that is, a person arriving in the morning, spending a day, and leaving in the late afternoon or evening without staying overnight the cost is:

fees and expenses$22   

This cost assumes the participant arrives after breakfast, brings his or her lunch, and leaves before dinner; that is, food is supplied by the individual.

The half price discount and other provisions for children 12 years of age or younger apply.

All students earning credit are required to pay the $996 regardless of transportation details. For students, this total would include any airport trips instead of the van rides between SWAU and the site.

Children that are with a family and are 12 years of age or younger are half price! It is expected that these children will generally not work in a quarry unless the parent or guardian makes arrangements and directly supervises them at all times.

All individuals, even children, are expected to help appropriately with the daily chores.

Payment for tuition should be made to Southwestern Adventist University and must be made in cash, check, or credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover) prior to May 15.

Payment for all other fees should be made to Earth History Research Center and may be made in cash or check no later than departure from Keene or arrival on site.

18 Feb 18      

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