Dinosaur Excavation and Taphonomic Research Project

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What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print.   
Isadora Duncan

Non-credit Participation

Come and "dig the dirt on dinosaurs!"
Quarry Work

Each summer, typically in the month of June, Southwestern Adventist University conducts a Field Research Project in the Lance Formation of eastern Wyoming. During this time students and teachers can earn university credit and Continuing Education Units.

However, there are wonderful opportunities for others who have an interest in dinosaurs to come and experience working on an important scientific research project.

The Project welcomes all interested participants to join in this exciting work for a period from a day up to the full four weeks!

You can also join in the course program consisting of a balance of instruction in technique, practical experience in exacavating fossil dinosaur remains, overview of dinosaur life, and general science concepts and principles.

But, this is not a "listen and learn" project. With necessary preliminary instruction you will be working in an incredibly rich bone-bed uncovering, excavating, and recovering dinosaur remains. As finder and excavator, your name will be listed in the on-line bone catalog.

The Project Site is close to the Black Hills of South Dakota with many interesting sights and things to experience as part of complete vacation expedition to that part of the planet!

area attractions

Children and Minors

The Project welcomes children and minors; however, experience has shown:

  • Generally younger participants need fairly close supervision by a parent or guardian.
  • A few days experience can be a good thing. A week, or two weeks, or three weeks can be 'too much of a good thing!'
If you are planning to bring children or minors, please consider the following:


It is important to know in advance who is coming and when. This way we can make certain we have sufficient food, tools, etc. as well as knowing when to look for someone.

Therefore, we need a completed application [click to send in the information on-line] from everyone who is planning to come.

The directors of the project submit an application each year!


project application

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