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 (4)
Program No. 21564RJ
6 days
Starts at
849 / ADULT
399 / CHILD

At a Glance

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!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Working in an active dig site. Must be able to sit down on uneven ground at the dig site and get back up without assistance and be able to carry/empty your bucket of dirt. During excavations, being on knees or bending is common in sometimes hot and windy conditions. Short walks on field trips. Elevations of 4,500 feet.
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.
Featured Expert
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Bill Wahl
As a child, Bill Wahl collected dinosaur toys — today, he works as the Paleontologist and Preparation Laboratory manager at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. He is in charge of preparing a selection of material collected locally from various geologic formations. Using these 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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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.
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
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.

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