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We “Dig” Dinosaurs: A Prehistoric Adventure With Your Grandchild

You and your grandchild can become paleontologists for a week as you join a real dino dig! Learn to search for and prepare fossils for display, and go on a scavenger hunt in a museum.
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Program No. 21564RJ
Length
6 days
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849
Wyoming

We “Dig” Dinosaurs: A Prehistoric Adventure With Your Grandchild

You and your grandchild can become paleontologists for a week as you join a real dino dig! Learn to search for and prepare fossils for display, and go on a scavenger hunt in a museum.
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6 days
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849
Program No. 21564 RJ
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Dig up some fun on a paleontology adventure with your grandchild at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. Join paleontologists on fossil hunts at actual dig sites, and lead your grandchild on a scavenger hunt at a dino museum. Learn about each step in the process of bringing a dinosaur to life — from discovery, digging and preparation to molding, casting and display. Paint model dinosaurs, collect fossils to take home with you and much more on this prehistoric journey!
Small Group
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 ...

  • Dig alongside real paleontologists at actual dinosaur dig sites, using the same tools that they use, as you learn about digging, mapping and preserving bones.
  • Take part in the process of bringing dinosaur bones from beneath the earth into the lab and onto display in a museum.
  • Team up with your grandchild as you explore the Wyoming Dinosaur Center on a scavenger hunt.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-10 or 10-12, depending on the date. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Wyoming's Dinosaur Discoveries
by The Big Horn Basin Foundation
Written by the Dig Site Manager of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, this pictorial book explains where Wyoming Dinosaurs are now located around the World.
Jurassic West: The Dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation and Their World
by John Foster
Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-To-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages
by Dr. Thomas R. Holtz Jr.
Rising from the Plains
by John McPhee
The Top 256 Rules of Paleontology: Practical Advice for Fossil Technicians
by Walter W. Stein
The Practical Paleontologist
by Steve Parker
Roadside Geology of Wyoming
by David Lageson
Bones Rock!: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Paleontologist
by Peter Larson
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Orientation and Digging
Thermopolis, WY
D
Days Inn

Activity note: At 6:00 p.m. I will meet you in the lobby of the Days Inn and take you to the Safari Club restaurant to have dinner and we will have an orientation. **The food options in Thermopolis are VERY limited. I will do what I can to accommodate you, but be aware that Thermopolis is a town of under 3,000 people and we do not have the same options as places in a city.

Afternoon: 3:00-6:00 p.m. Check into hotel

Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Safari Club Restaurant which is at the Days Inn. Orientation will also be done during this time.

Evening: Orientation. At this time we will hand out information about the week including the schedule.

DAY
2
Digging for dinosaurs first thing to beat the heat!
Thermopolis, WY
B,L,D
Days Inn

Activity note: At 8:30 a.m., we'll go up to the quarry. Please remember to bring sunscreen/a hat, a water bottle (we provide ice water), and close toed shoes (NO flip flops or sandals are allowed). Pictures and questions are highly encouraged. After lunch we will do a tour of the Museum. The afternoon scavenger hunt comes with prizes!

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: 8:30-11:45 a.m. Digging dinosaurs first thing in the morning! The guide will introduce everyone to the site we will be digging and the tools we use.

Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch to be determined

Afternoon: 1:15-4:00 p.m. Scavenger Hunt and working in the prep lab at The Wyoming Dinosaur Center. 4:00-6:00 p.m. Free time to explore Thermopolis and nearby attractions such as the Hot Springs County Museum, the Hot Springs State Park and pools, and others.

Dinner: 6:00 Dinner to be determined at a local restaurant.

DAY
3
Digging in a quarry in the morning
Thermopolis, WY
B,L,D
Days Inn

Activity note: Now that you've had some practice digging, you can do some serious excavating! In the prep lab that afternoon, we well make sure everyone has a chance to try the main tools we use to clean dinosaur bones for study or display.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: 8:45-11:45 a.m. Digging in dinosaur quarries.

Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch to be determined.

Afternoon: 1:15-4:00 p.m. Exploring tools in the prep lab.

Dinner: 6:15 p.m. Dinner to be determined at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
4
Visiting a Petroglyph site and touring the Wind River Canyon
Thermopolis, WY
B,L,D
Days Inn

Activity note: We will visit Legend Rock Petroglyph site in the morning and then head to the Cody Shale to collect baculite fossils. Lunch will be at a restaurant in town. After lunch, we will do a tour of the Wind River Canyon and the Hot Springs State Park. There will also be some free time if the kids want to swim at one of the waterparks in the State Park. (this is an optional activity and is not included in the program. The cost is usually around $12/person.)

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: 8:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Visiting an archaeological site and collecting surface fossils in an ancient seaway.

Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch to be Determined.

Afternoon: 1:15-4:00 p.m. We will do a tour of the Wind River Canyon and Hot Springs State Park.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner to be determined at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
5
Digging in the Dinosaur Quarries and invertebrate collecting
Thermopolis, WY
B,L,D
Days Inn

Activity note: Not all our fossils are great big dinosaurs! On our ranch, we also collect invertebrate fossils from a Jurassic Seaway. We will do activities in the museum in the afternoon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: 8:45-11:45 a.m. Digging in dinosaur quarries and a prospecting trip to the Sundance Seaway.

Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch to be Determined.

Afternoon: 1:15-4:00 p.m. We will be doing various activities back at the museum.

Dinner: 6:15-8:00 p.m. Dinner to be determined at a local restaurant.

DAY
6
Departure
Thermopolis, WY
B

Activity note: We will have everyone back at the hotel by 11:00 a.m. for check out. We will also tour our welding building where we mount our dinosaurs!

Breakfast: Breakfast and check out by 11:00 a.m.






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