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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 two unique “Junior Paleontology Programs.” Both of these hands-on programs 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 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 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 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 12 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 private Junior Field Program for just your child or family, or outside of the preset dates listed below, 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!

2020 Junior Paleo Field Program Dates:

We’re doing things a bit different this season, and this year will will have preset Jr. Paleo. dates:

Tuesdays – June 2, June 16 and June 30. July 14 and 28. August 4 and 25.
Thursdays – June 25. July 23. August 20.

We do not run the Junior Paleo. Program over weekends, and we will not be able to schedule outing the weeks of July 6th – 10th and August 10th – 14th.


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

For BOTH Junior Paleo Programs:

Non-members: $120
Museum members: $90

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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