Join a real excavation in this fully authentic dig and get the chance to uncover fossils never before seen by human eyes. For ages 14 and up.
Price: $180/person (includes lunch)
Length of program: 7 hours
Ages: Ages 14 years and up (participants ages 14-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult).
Difficulty: Difficult. Come prepared for sitting or kneeling on the ground, working with tools under the hot sun (there is no shade out in the badlands), and hiking in rugged terrain and slippery conditions. Footwear restrictions; wear proper hiking boots or shoes; no sandals.
Capacity: 6 people/day
Wheelchair accessible: No
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a fully authentic dinosaur dig. With an experienced palaeontological technician as your guide, you will learn the techniques of excavating dinosaurs and work in a team to uncover fossils never before seen by human eyes. The day includes an orientation to the Park and the research project, working in a real quarry, and hiking and prospecting for new fossil finds. Your work will contribute to research going on with our partners at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Lunch is provided.
Reservation information: Reservations can be made up until 2:00 p.m. the day before the scheduled program day.
Alternate Program: In the event of rain, wet conditions, unsafe road conditions, or other conditions that threaten the safety and comfort of participants, programs may be cancelled or replaced with alternate programs at the regular ticket price. Content of program is the same or similar. Refunds are available if visitors choose not to participate in the alternate program.
Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel up to 48 hours before the event and receive a refund of their program fee, however the $5 booking fee is non-refundable. Events cancelled by the participant with less than 48 hours notice will not be refunded. Program cancellations may only be done by calling (403) 378-4344.
Dinosaur Provincial Park reserves the right to cancel the program for reasons such as poor weather, insufficient number of registrations, or any other pertinent reason. Full refunds would be provided in such cases.
The Guided Excavation Program is proudly supported by Gretchen Marks and Ken Kucher. If you are a student of palaeontology ask your university about the bursary program.