On each day of this program, you must be able to stand, bend, kneel and handle a small container of sediment while excavating in the bone bed (indoors) and participating in lab work (indoors). If you have physical limitations, the staff will help you find a location within the bone bed and lab that will work for you.
Daily breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. in the hotel. Choice of hot/cold cereal, assorted breads, pastries, hot egg dish, breakfast meat, yogurt, fruit, milk, juices, water, coffee, and hot tea. Additional beverages available for purchase.
Work begins daily at the Mammoth Site at 8:15 a.m. Participants will split into two or three groups for the excavation and lab work. Justin Wilkins, In-situ bone bed curator and secondary educator along with Monica Bugbee will provide excavation instruction and an overview of the bone bed before each group begins working, as well as continuing supervision and instruction during the week. Lab director and collections curator Olga Potapova oversees all aspects of the lab work. All groups will have equal time to work in the lab, the bone bed excavation site, and molding and casting. The lab group will rotate its work in three major areas: bone preparation, molding and casting, and screen-picking bone bed sediments for small fauna, etc. In addition, Olga Potapova and her assistants will take you on a behind-the-scenes exploration of the lab-specimen storage area. With our experts, you will practice excavation techniques as you piece together life in the Ice Age. Fossil finds may be actual portions of the animal, such as bones, teeth, and shells; imprints of tracks and trails; or maybe replaced by minerals such as silica, iron and manganese. Excavation continues in the previously opened areas of the site both in lateral and vertical dimensions.
Today's lunch at the Mammoth Site is chicken, potato salad, buns, salad, dessert, bottled water, hot tea and coffee. You will meet and eat with the Mammoth Site staff members working behind the scenes.
Work continues with the excavation and lab work led by our experts. Work ends at the Mammoth Site at 4:00 p.m. Justin Wilkins presents a 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. lecture at the Mammoth Site, "Geology of the Black Hills and Surrounding Areas." Topic and presenter may vary based on the current research work being conducted at the Mammoth Site.
Woolly’s Western Grill is located across the street from the hotel. You may go to dinner anytime after 5:30 p.m. Dinner at Woolly's is order off the menu along with a daily chef's choice entrée. American cuisine as well as several Mexican Style entrées. Additional beverages available for purchase.
Free time after dinner: Study/read your handouts from the Mammoth Site, swim in the indoor hotel pool, exercise in the fitness room, take a walk or visit your with fellow Road Scholar participants in the hotel breakfast room.