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The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum (GPDM) is located in the rich land mass of Northern Montana where some the world’s most preeminent dinosaur fossils have been discovered.  A site and member of the Montana Dinosaur Trail, GPDM maintains permanent exhibits of dinosaurs and other prehistoric fossils to advance the visitors experience, allowing them to appreciate, enjoy and fully understand the rich prehistory  of this region.  The Museum also provides the rare opportunity for both youth and adults to explore, dig and excavate fossils with their staff and paleontologist partners in scheduled educational and dig programs.

The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum (GPDM) is governed and operated by volunteer board members of the Judith River Foundation, Inc.   The Foundation is an IRS exempt 510c3 non-profit corporation established in 2002.  The GPDM is not a municipal entity, is not affiliated with any higher education institutions, receives no general tax support, and is entirely self-funded through membership fees, admissions, dig and tour revenue and fundraising.

GPDM is guided by a mission to curate and prepare paleontological resources for use in educational programs, scientific research and interpretive displays in support of the advancement of knowledge and the benefit of all people.

405 North 1st St East | Malta, Montana (406) 654-5300 [email protected]


Harris Boekenheide

Director of Paleontology

Harris grew up in northern Virginia, just a few miles south of Washington, DC. In his youth, he made frequent trips to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, awed by the dinosaurs on display. Despite exploring other interests during his teenage years, he rediscovered his love of paleontology while enrolled at the George Washington University. He then went on to continue his studies under the guidance of Dr. David Varricchio at Montana State University, eventually earning his Master’s Degree in 2023 with a thesis on troodontid hindlimb ontogeny. He is excited to join the team at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and hopes to further improve the museum for visitors and researchers alike.

  • Master of Science, Montana State University
  • Bachelor of Science, George Washington University
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (406) 654-5300

Dixie Stordahl


Dixie is a lifelong Phillips County resident and educator. As a science teacher, Dixie is passionate about dinosaurs and commits many of her off school hours to the museum. Dixie is an expert in all aspects of the museum and programs along with being an excellent guide.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (406) 654-5300

Kathleen Hughes

Interim Manager

Kathleen comes to GPDM from the field of education.  She has a passion for writing and photography will be of great benefit this season.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (406) 654-5300

Kevin Campbell

Docent and Clerk – Kevin is a return employee with a strong background in education and a love of art.  His precision is a true asset to GPDM.

Emma Oyler

Docent and Clerk – Emma is originally from Carter County, Montana and grew up among the rich dinosaur history of that area.  She is an elementary teacher and brings enthusiasm for all things dinosaur.

Volunteer Judith River Foundation Board of Directors

Mardy Demarais

Michael Morser

Dixie Stordahl

Randy Shores

David Rummell

Anne Boothe

Jay Brookie

Taylor Sjostrom

Dennis Fitzgerald

Damien Austin

Austin Bunk

Dollyann Willcutt

Laura Pancratz

Emeritus Board of Directors

Lu Besel, Scott Meneely, Sue Frary, JoAnn Hammond, Jeanne Icenogle, Sharon Icenogle, Michael Morser, Carolyn Schmoeckel, Larry Putnam, Gary Howell, Bob Galt, Paul Kunze, Jack Millar, Lorna Lang, Karen Lundstrom

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