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405 North 1st St East | Malta, Montana (406) 654-5300
Dino Dig Programs

When was the last time you found yourself in a landscape so quiet that the only sounds came from the wind and birds? Have you ever seen land so vast that the horizon stretched off for 100 miles? Eastern Montana is truly Big Sky Country and home to countless dinosaur specimens.

Yes! You can Dig for Dinosaurs!

We offer dinosaur dig programs each year and many other educational opportunities
for both children and adults. Call or ask a staff member at the museum for more information.

Click here for details on our Jr. Program & here for our Adult Dig Program

2022 Dino Dig Dates in the Little Snowy Mountains

(click here for more info)

June (Monday June 20th – Friday June 24th)
July (Monday July 11th – Friday July 15th) COMPLETE – thanks to our leader Katie and all participants!
August (Monday August 22nd – Friday August 26th) – Sorry, this program is cancelled.  Please contact us to be placed on the 2023 list – thanks for your understanding.

 Understand Your Options – “know before you go”

If you are considering joining a dinosaur dig, it is extremely important that you find out if you are participating with a regional non profit museum or recognized scientific institution. In Montana there are many dig opportunities offered by outfits that are in fact commercial collectors. These are businesses that legally collect and sell fossils. Many of these commercial organizations do work with paleontologists, partner with museums, take excellent scientific data, and have professionally recognized reputations.

Working with a museum such as the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum is a far more rewarding experience. Often field crews are acknowledged in scientific papers and reports, and more importantly you will be working with scientists directly to collect fossils that will one day go into displays or be the focus of scientific research. By working with a museum, you will literally be contributing to the future success of the scientific discipline of paleontology and the community/region it is located in. (if you have questions about any paleontology institutions or individuals, we strongly urge you to contact the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology at

You are responsible for your own travel to Malta, and lodging, breakfast, and dinner in town. A 50% discount is offered to nonparticipating adults who accompany a participating minor.

The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum Supplies: 

  • sack lunch
  • water
  • transportation from museum to dig site and back
  • all tools and instruction necessary

Recommended Gear You Should Bring:

  • small back pack or tote bag
  • refillable water bottle
  • hat
  • neck scarf
  • light weight clothing
  • good boots or hiking shoes (caution with canvas shoes: there is cactus)
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • camera
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