Junior Paleo Field Experience


This 3-hour children's program teaches basic fossil discovery and excavation techniques at a special dinosaur site approximately 30 miles from Malta. Participants must have an accompanying adult and provide their own transportation to the site. This educational program is specially tailored towards children 5 to 10 years old. This program is designed to teach children about the science and techniques of geology and paleontology by doing so in the real setting and by practicing with real dinosaur fossils. To teach these techniques the program is done under controlled settings, in the field with real fossils, but we have placed them in strategic locations. Children 11 and up can also participate in our "adult" dinosaur dig program. The laboratory program can be tailored to any age participant.

This field experience is so much fun, you'll want to bring some friends, or make new friends here! We require a minimum of 4 children registered for each field experience, so we are trying to coordinate scheduling for all of our visitors! Alternatively if you would like a Junior Field Program for just your child or family, that can be arranged at the cost of 3 participants. Please contact us if you are interested or have any questions about the Junior Paleontology Program; if your travels will bring you to Malta, let us know and we can add your date to this list and find some dig companions!

2018 Junior Paleo Field Program Dates: May - August. Note that Montana has extreme weather patterns, so May could be cold and wet, while August could be extremely hot. If weather prevents a program from taking place, we will certainly strive to reschedule. We are just starting to plan for the 2018 season, so our calendar is fairly wide open. Since we strive to make this an educational experience your child will never forget, we do not have prescheduled dates for the Junior Programs. As soon as we have enough for an outing we go! Note that we cannot offer the Junior Program during the weeks of June 11-22, July 23-27, and August 20-24.

Cost: (2018 rates)

Non-members: $100 (includes adult)
Museum members: $80 (includes adult)


For BOTH Junior Paleo Programs:

Non-members: $120
Museum members: $90

Junior Paleo Lab

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the museum for more information 406.654.5300. Reservations are booked by a non-refundable $50.00 deposit.