21564
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.
Rating (3.8)
Program No. 21564RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
849 / ADULT
399 / CHILD
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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: I will meet you in the lobby of the Days Inn at 6 pm 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: 1:30-6:00 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.

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 in 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 Dinosaur Quarries 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 not included in the program. The cost is about $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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