Grandparents and Grandchildren work side by side on this 3-day Exca-Vacation. Participants will explore, discover, and excavate 150-million-year-old dinosaur bones, remove matrix from fossils in the preparation lab, explore the Sundance formation for fossils and learn the mysteries of our prehistoric past.
At our dig sites you have the chance of finding bones from various long-necked sauropods like Camarasaurus or Diplodocus as well as a chance for finding Allosaurus teeth which have been identified at all of our dig sites. We cannot guarantee that everyone will find a bone during their time in this program, but our sites have dinosaur bones exposed that you will be working on.
You will experience 3 days in our fossil quarries, working in the lab practicing various methods of cleaning and preserving fossils and at the same time learning about the geology, natural history, and develop unforgettable memories spanning generations. There is a maximum of 8 participants per program and every group must consist of at least one adult and one child aged 6 and up. Advanced registration is required and must be completed at least 5 days in advance of the program.
You should be in good physical health as activities at the dig sites can be strenuous. We have a very dry climate in central Wyoming and our dig sites are roughly 4,500 feet above sea level. It is easy to feel the effects of the sun and elevation if you are not used to it. We do provide all necessary tools and a 5-gallon watercooler for use by all participants. Everyone is encouraged to dress for the weather and bring such necessities as sunscreen, hats, refillable water bottle etc. Everyone is required to wear closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes or hiking boots). You will not be allowed to participate without the appropriate footwear.
So, if you don’t mind getting down and dirty, spending quality time with your grandchildren, trying something new by looking for something old, and making great new friends along the way, then this is the perfect program for you.
There will be two programs this summer (weather permitting), one in June, one in July (see registration below). Our climate averages about 321 clear days a year. When we do not feel conditions on the hill are safe, we will spend more time in the lab, with hopes of spending more time in the field on other days. If the program is canceled by us for whatever reason, your registration fees will be refunded in full, or we will work with you to reschedule if possible.
No lodging is provided with this program. Lunches consisting of a deli sandwich, chips, fruit, and water are provided. If you or your grandchild have any specific dietary restrictions, please give us a call to inform us at the time of registration so that we can have appropriate substitutes available.
Wyoming Dinosaur Center Cancellation Policy
If your plans change and you cannot participate, we will refund your registration fees less a $25 cancellation fee provided you cancel 30 days or more prior to your reserved date. No refund will be given for cancellations less than 30 days prior to your reserved date.