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



Join us (and Hunter the Dino Lab) September 23rd – 29th for a special late season dinosaur dig! We’ve had great luck at our new dinosaur quarry in the Little Snowy Mountains. Approximately 150-million-years old, the bones we’re finding come from sauropod (long-necked) dinosaurs that lived in the world-famous Morrison Formation during the Late Jurassic. The Morrison Formation was home to some of our most famous and iconic dinosaurs like the sauropods Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus, & Camarasaurus; the plated and spiky-tailed Stegosaurus; and the meat-eating Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus. While the Morrison Formation is really well known in western states like Utah and Colorado, it is poorly understood here in Montana; and such northern exposures are practically unknown. We are the only museum working in the Morrison Formation here, so help us make and preserve new scientific discoveries!

For this dig, we have everything covered: food, lodging, you name it! Since this is such a special dig, and we want to make as many discoveries before winter sets in, we’re offering this special dig. In order to have this special dig, we HAVE to have a minimum of THREE participants signed up. To learn more about this unique paleontological opportunity, email ( or call us (406-654-5300) anytime!


This summer we will be offering the Adult Paleo. Program in June (Monday June 28th – Friday July 1st), July (Monday July 12th – Friday July 16th), and August (Monday August 9th – Friday August 13th).

At this time there are no COVID-19 related State or County restrictions or procedures.

This summer we’re going to be prospecting (looking for fossils and seeing if we can find some new places to possibly dig) in the Judith River Formation and surrounding formations in the Malta area. Because the prospecting could theoretically consist of prolonged periods outdoors in warm (or very hot) weather, we do have an age limit for participants. This year no youths under 12 can participate. As a safety precaution we do not want to have younger participants exposed to what could be harsher weather. Participants can sign up for a single day, multiple days, or the whole week.

How Does it Work?

Please join the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum’s paleontologist Cary Woodruff for an authentic scientific experience as we continue to discover fossils that reveal the secrets of Montana’s prehistoric past.

The 2019 season was great! Partnering with the Montana Dinosaur Center, we finished off a multi-year excavation of an Edmontosaurus (duck-billed dinosaur) site in the famous Hell Creek Formation of southern Phillips County. We also prospected the surrounding area and found some of the foot bones of Tyrannosaurus rex!

2021 participants will learn the ins and out of what paleontology field work is really like: from recognizing fossil bone eroding out of a hill, to excavating and jacketing bones, basic local geology, collecting and recording scientific data, to safely collecting and transporting fossils back to the Museum. This is a 100% real, scientific field experience, and all specimens collected are donated to the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum for research and exhibits, so that these fossils are preserved locally for everyone to enjoy!

Participants must be age 12 or older and able to hike short distances and sit on the ground. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. A 50% discount is offered to nonparticipating adults who accompany a participating minor. Note: Is your child younger than 12? Please go to the Museum’s “Junior Paleontologist Program.”

For reservations and more information, please email us at or call us at (406) 654-5300.

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