Running Time: 1 day 7 hours
Audience: Minimum Age: 14
Participate in a real dinosaur excavation for two days in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with this package that includes meals and up to three nights of accommodation. For ages 14 and up.
Length of program: 2 days
Ages: Ages 14 years and up (participants ages 14-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Limit of 2 youth per adult.
Difficulty: Difficult. There is no shade in the badlands! Come prepared for sitting or kneeling on the ground, working with tools under the hot sun, and hiking in rough terrain and slippery conditions. Footwear restrictions; wear proper hiking boots or shoes; no sandals.
Capacity: 6 people/program
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 experience 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 by the Royal Tyrrell Museum at the park.
Includes: Two days participation in a real palaeontological excavation, accommodations (up to 3 nights), lunch and supper on day 1, and breakfast and lunch on day 2. Accommodations are on site and are private furnished rooms. Bathrooms, kitchen (fridge, stove, microwave, dishes) and laundry facilities are shared among participants. Bed linens and towels are provided.
* If schedule dates do not work for you we may have an option to change or re-schedule the multi-day program. Please contact our palaeo technician David.Lloyd@gov.ab.ca to ask if this is possible for the dates you need.
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.
Reservation information: Reservations can be made up until one week before the scheduled program.
Cancellation information: Participants may cancel with a notice of at least two weeks prior to beginning of scheduled program and receive a refund of their program fee, however the $5 booking fee is non-refundable. Refunds will not be provided for programs cancelled with less than 2 weeks notice. 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 will be provided in such cases.
The Guided Excavation Program is proudly supported by Gretchen Marks and Ken Kucher.