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

The world of dinosaurs and prehistoric life can spark an interest in young and old alike but it is particularly strong among children. For some children, this interest slowly wanes over time but for others it only grows and broadens to include the many forms and stories of life on our earth. These are the children who are always bringing home rocks and bones and sea shells. They can tell you the name of the earth’s biggest snake and the deadliest spider and how long you’d live if you were bitten by either! For these children, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum offers a unique “Junior Paleontology Program.” This hands-on program offer children ages 5-11 an opportunity to learn more about dinosaurs, fossils and paleontology.

Jr. Paleo. Field Experience

This ~3-hour children’s program teaches the basics about regional geology and paleontology. Participants must have an accompanying adult and provide their own transportation to the site. This educational program is specially tailored towards children 5 to 11 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 fossils. Children 12 and up can also participate in our “adult” dinosaur dig program.

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 private Junior Program for just your child or family that can be arranged at the extra cost of $25 per participant. 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!

2021 Junior Paleo Field Program Dates:

We strive to make this an unique educational experience, so we don’t have any pre-set dates for the program. As long as the day you have in mind doesn’t overlap with something on the Museum’s schedule, we’ll go!


$100 per child (no charge for parents or guardians)

Please email us at or call the museum for more information 406.654.5300. Reservations are booked by a non-refundable $50.00 deposit.

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