Digging for Dinosaurs: The Jurassic Experience
Get hands-on as you dig for dinosaurs alongside paleontologists in Wyoming’s Warm Springs Ranch, exploring a dig sight, identifying specimens and learning about ancient geology.
Program No. 15388RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
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At a Glance

In the Late Jurassic Period, dinosaurs fed on the lush flora that covered Wyoming. Discover the remains of that ancient ecosystem in the Jurassic Age rocks of Warm Springs Ranch. Learn the story of the quarries and the importance of excavation. From the simple to the complex, paleontologists give hands-on instruction in the tools of their trade. Cull bone from stone and identify specimens. During excavation, a constant dialogue with your instructors keeps the quarry buzzing with learning and discovery.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Walking 1-2 miles over flat terrain on field trip. Elevations of 4,300 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get firsthand experience at removing surrounding rock from an assigned dinosaur bone and learn how to repair, reassemble and seal bones for preservation.
  • Join a WDC staff member for an exploration of the center and its dig sites.
  • Embark on an expert-led journey through Wind River Canyon and Hot Springs and learn about the region’s fascinating geology.

General Notes

Participants will receive the Basic Field Techniques Certificate, enabling them to volunteer for the foundation any time and offer evidence of field competence at other museums.
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Bill Wahl
As a child, Bill Wahl collected dinosaur toys — today, he works as a laboratory manager at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, where he is in charge of preparing a selection of material collected locally from various geologic formations. Using these raw materials, as well as his master’s degree in geology, Bill teaches outreach programs at universities and science museums. He has developed four separate thesis projects on the materials he has collected, prepared and researched, and enjoys sharing his findings with learners of all ages.
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