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THERMOPOLIS, WYOMING

Digging for Dinosaurs: The Jurassic Experience

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Program #15388RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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4,500 feet

Itinerary for Jun 8 — Jun 13, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located in Hot Springs State Park, home of the "world's largest hot mineral spring".

Contact info:
115 E Park Street
Thermopolis, WY 82443 USA
phone: 307-864-3131
Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, coffee maker, free morning paper, hairdryer, high-speed internet access, air conditioning, iron/board.

Facility amenities: Outdoor hot mineral jacuzzi, seasonal fresh water pool, massages, mineral steam room and soaking tubs, racquetball court, 2 exercise rooms, on-site restaurant and lounge, gift shop, laundry room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 08 - Orientation
Note: At 6:30 pm, we will meet for dinner and orientation. Our paleontologist on staff will give a presentation about local geology and we will all get a chance to meet one another.

Afternoon: 1:30-6:00pm Check into hotel

Dinner: Dinner from 6:30-7:00 at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.

Evening: Orientation from 7:00 to ? At this time we will hand out information about the week including the schedule.

Lodging: Days Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in Hot Springs State Park, home of the "world's largest hot mineral spring".

Contact info:
115 E Park Street
Thermopolis, WY 82443 USA
phone: 307-864-3131
Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, coffee maker, free morning paper, hairdryer, high-speed internet access, air conditioning, iron/board.

Facility amenities: Outdoor hot mineral jacuzzi, seasonal fresh water pool, massages, mineral steam room and soaking tubs, racquetball court, 2 exercise rooms, on-site restaurant and lounge, gift shop, laundry room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 09 - Tour Wyoming Dinosaur Center Museum and Dig sites...
Tour Wyoming Dinosaur Center Museum and Dig sites. In the afternoon digging in one of our dinosaur quarries.

Note: In the morning, the director will lead a tour of the Museum and our dig sites. Pictures and questions are highly encouraged. After lunch, We'll go up to the quarry for the first time! Please remember to bring sunscreen/a hat, a water bottle (we provide Ice water), and close toed shoes.

Breakfast: ?-8:15am Breakfast at hotel

Morning: 8:30-11:45 Tour of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites. We will have a coffee break in the middle of the tour to digest new information.

Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm Lunch at Senior Center

Afternoon: 1:15-4:15pm Digging in dinosaur quarries.

Dinner: 6:30-?pm Dinner at Las Fuentes

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in Hot Springs State Park, home of the "world's largest hot mineral spring".

Contact info:
115 E Park Street
Thermopolis, WY 82443 USA
phone: 307-864-3131
Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, coffee maker, free morning paper, hairdryer, high-speed internet access, air conditioning, iron/board.

Facility amenities: Outdoor hot mineral jacuzzi, seasonal fresh water pool, massages, mineral steam room and soaking tubs, racquetball court, 2 exercise rooms, on-site restaurant and lounge, gift shop, laundry room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 10 - Digging in one of our dinosaur bone quarries. A p...
Digging in one of our dinosaur bone quarries. A presentation from one of our Paleontologists.

Note: We are scheduled to dig in both the morning and afternoon. Both Tuesday and Thursday have us digging all day. If enough people would like, we can use either of those days to collect marine fossils or petrified wood! Please remember to bring sunscreen/a hat, a water bottle (we provide Ice water), and close toed shoes.

Breakfast: ?-8:15am Breakfast at hotel

Morning: 8:45-11:45am Digging in dinosaur quarries.

Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm Lunch at Senior Center

Afternoon: 1:15-4:15pm Digging in dinosaur quarries.

Dinner:

Evening: 6:30-?pm Pizza night at the museum followed by a presentation/discussion.

Lodging: Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in Hot Springs State Park, home of the "world's largest hot mineral spring".

Contact info:
115 E Park Street
Thermopolis, WY 82443 USA
phone: 307-864-3131
Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, coffee maker, free morning paper, hairdryer, high-speed internet access, air conditioning, iron/board.

Facility amenities: Outdoor hot mineral jacuzzi, seasonal fresh water pool, massages, mineral steam room and soaking tubs, racquetball court, 2 exercise rooms, on-site restaurant and lounge, gift shop, laundry room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 11 - Wind River Canyon and Thermopolis Hot Springs Tou...
Wind River Canyon and Thermopolis Hot Springs Tour and digging in the field.

Note: The Wind River Canyon is a beautiful cut into a sequence of rocks all the way from the Proterozoic (more than 542 Million years ago) to the Triassic (220 Million years ago). The tilt of the beds collects rainwater which becomes the hot springs.

Breakfast: ?-8:15am Breakfast at hotel

Morning: 8:45-11:45am Digging in dinosaur quarries.

Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm Lunch at Senior Center

Afternoon: 1:15-4:30pm Tour of the Wind River Canyon and Hot Springs geology.

Dinner: 6:30-?pm Dinner at the Safari Club

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in Hot Springs State Park, home of the "world's largest hot mineral spring".

Contact info:
115 E Park Street
Thermopolis, WY 82443 USA
phone: 307-864-3131
Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, coffee maker, free morning paper, hairdryer, high-speed internet access, air conditioning, iron/board.

Facility amenities: Outdoor hot mineral jacuzzi, seasonal fresh water pool, massages, mineral steam room and soaking tubs, racquetball court, 2 exercise rooms, on-site restaurant and lounge, gift shop, laundry room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact hotel for details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 12 - Digging in the Dinosaur Quarries with optional fo...
Digging in the Dinosaur Quarries with optional fossil collecting field trips

Note: If it is going to be very hot in the afternoon, we may work in the preparation lab where our bones are cleaned for display and research.

Breakfast: ?-8:15am Breakfast at hotel

Morning: 8:45-11:45am Digging in dinosaur quarries.

Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm Lunch at Senior Center

Afternoon: 1:15-4:15pm Digging in dinosaur quarries.

Dinner: 6:30pm-8:00pm Dinner at The Front Porch

Lodging: Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 13 - Certification Test
Note: In the morning, we will conduct a field test as a group. If the group agrees, we can start this day later than 8:15 since it will only take us about an hour for everyone to do the test.

Breakfast: ?-8:15am Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Field Certification test. Tour of Molding and Casting and Welding. Finished by 10:30am

Lunch: 12:00-1:00 An optional lunch will be provided by the Senior Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Thermopolis, WY
Thermopolis Chamber of CommerceLocated at 119 South 6th Street. Phone: 307-864-3192.
For additional information, visit: www.thermopolis.com
Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural CenterFounded to preserve the history of the region's settlers, the Museum has gathered a large collection of artifacts used in everyday life in Wyoming, with the majority of items dating from the 1880s through the 1930s. Highlights of the collection include the cherrywood bar from the Hole-in-the-Wall Saloon, a sightseeing stagecoach of the type used in Yellowstone park until 1914, a one-room schoolhouse moved to the Museum grounds from a location in the county, an extensive collection of Native American artifacts, a log cabin from the ghost town of Andersonville, and an elk hide painting created by Chief Washakie of the Shoshoni in January 1900. There is also a collection of approximately 8,000 historic photographs of Thermopolis and Hot Springs County.
For additional information, visit: www.trib.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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