Dinosaur Dig in Montana (5 Days)
Join paleontologist Joseph Hatcher's 2005 Dinosaur Research Expedition in the Badlands of Montana. Located in Garfield County section of the Hell Creek Formation near Jordan Montana dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages have a unique hands-on opportunity to participate, learn, and explore the science of dinosaur paleontology. This is not a tour! Work along side researchers and participant in a genuine scientific dig. You participate as an actual research team member. You will learn and participate in actual field techniques in the collection of dinosaur fossils like the Triceratops, Hadrosaur, and the mighty T-rex. You will assist in prospecting for new specimens, excavating, plaster jacketing, fossil removal, quarry mapping, preparation techniques in our field lab, fossil identification, and history of Hell Creek Formation. An educational family fun adventure. The wonderful opportunity to inspire that young new scientist and to discover the many career paths paleontology has to offer. A great opportunity to brush the dust off those old dinosaur dreams and ignite the paleo-passion within. We are one of the few dinosaur scientific expeditions open to all ages. Please note that this tour can be arranged on any date between June and September of next year. Days 1-7 Montana's Hell Creek Formation Our expedition runs in the area of the Hell Creek Formation known as the "Dinosaur Capital of the World." Our programs offer hands-on opportunities to work alongside researchers and participant in a genuine scientific dig. This is not a tour! Paleo Joe’s current research is focused on Late Cretaceous duckbills, and starting with the 2004 season his research will include evolutionary processes between Late Cretaceous dinosaurs of the LuFeng Province of China and dinosaurs of Montana's Hell Creek Formation. We will continue to recover the remainder of an extremely large Hadrosaur called Anatotitan copei. On the expedition you learn field techniques to collect Cretaceous dinosaur fossils including prospecting, excavating, plaster jacketing, fossil removal, quarry mapping, preparation techniques in our field lab, fossil identification, and history of Hell Creek Formation. After a hot, rough, but rewarding day in the field you can relax. Take a refreshing swim in the community pool. Have a soda at the old-fashioned drug store and soda fountain. Dine at your leisure at a local eatery. Visit Garfield County Museum and see the replica of a T. Rex skull, Triceratops skeleton and many fossils excavated from this area. Local establishments offer shuffleboard, darts, and pool tables for your enjoyment. A friendly atmosphere where diggers meet to discuss the day’s highlights and share anticipation of the next day's dig adventure awaits you. Paleo World Research Foundation provides you the opportunity to brush the dust off your old dinosaur dreams and ignite the paleo passion within. Exciting dinosaur vacation experiences you and your family share together and will always remember. Once you arrive you may not want to leave! We are sure you will return. Could you and your family discover the next great dinosaur hidden under 65 million years of badlands gumbo? Who knows what we’ll dig up next! Your typical day:·8:30am: Meet at the PWRF base camp, approximately 21miles NW of Jordan (follow signs to Lervick Homestead). Brief orientation of instruction and days activities. Travel 2 miles to dig site by PWRF staff.·9:00am: Prospecting for new specimens, excavating, plaster jacketing, fossil removal, quarry mapping, preparation techniques in our field lab, fossil identification, and history of Hell Creek Formation. ·12:00pm: Lunch and refreshments are provided. Water available throughout the day.·1:00pm: Resume Days activities·4:00pm: Return to Base Camp. You are welcome to stay assist staff in fossil preparation and research at field lab or return to Jordan. *During inclement weather we will work in the field lab.