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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]

2024 Dino Dig Online Registration


Dig Dinosaurs under the Big Sky with our Paleontologist.

Dig Dates:
June 23-29th (at capacity, no additional capacity for June dig),
July 14-20th
August 4-10, 2024

Our five-day program includes an intensive 3 day dig with our Director of Paleontology, Harris Boekenheide in the Little Snowy Mountains near Grass Range, Montana, on a Sauropod site, and an additional 2 day adventure in Malta and Phillips County. You can choose from several options:

Three Day Field Dig – $675/person
Lab & Exploration Add-On Days – $200/day/person
Full 5 Day Dino Dig Week – $1000 (save $75!)

NOTE: There are no refunds on deposits for any reason unless minimum 6 person requirement is not met for each week. If you cancel, you will lose your deposit. Read full details below.



Packages Include:

  • Lunch each day,
  • Digging equipment
  • Short haul transit to and from dig site back to Grass Range. (or to and from Malta MT for Days 4 & 5)
  • intensive 3 day dig with our Director of Paleontology, Harris Boekenheide in the Little Snowy Mountains and two optional days of exploration of Malta, Montana & Phillips County!

Not included. Attendees Must Provide/Arrange:

  • Transportation to and from Grass Range, MT for the Dig Days, and to and from Malta, MT for optional Days 4 & 5.
  • Lodging (We can provide recommendations, shared rentals, and camping is also an option.)
  • Meals & Snacks other than Lunch
  • Personal Items (proper footwear, clothing, sunscreen, bug spray, water bottles, etc.) See complete list here.

Policies, Cancellations & Deposits:

  • Participants must be age 12 or older and able to hike short distances on rough terrain and sit on the ground.
  • All youths (under 18) must be accompanied by an appointed guardian and standard fees apply for each.
  • A 30-day advance registration (from your preferred dig date) with a $200 deposit is required for all dig participants.
  • If the minimum requirement of 6 participants for each week is not met, you will be notified, and deposit will be returned.
  • Full payment must be made 10 days before first dig date.
  • Fees are not refundable for your cancellation or inability to participate. You will forfeit your deposit. We will only refund deposits if a minimum of 6 attendees do not register.
  • Please reserve your spot ASAP as space is limited.

Additional information

Dig Dates

June 23-29th, 2024, July 14-20th, 2024, August 4-10th, 2024

Dino Dig Packages

Full 5 Day Dino Dig Experience (3 Dig Days, 2 Lab & Exploration Days), Three Dig Days + 1 Lab & Exploration Day, Three Dig Days

Payment Option

Deposit Only, Full Payment Now

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