Adult Field Dig Experience, Great Plains Dinosaur Museum

August 13, 2023 – August 19, 2023 all-day
Great Plains Dinosaur Museum
405 N 1st St E
Malta, MT 59538
Harris Boekenheide

Join us as we return to our dinosaur quarry in the Little Snowy Mountains. Approximately 150-million-years old, the bones we’re finding come from sauropod (long-necked) dinosaurs that lived in the world-famous Morrison Formation during the Late Jurassic Period. The Morrison Formation was home to some of our most famous and iconic dinosaurs like the sauropods Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus, & Camarasaurus; the plated and spiky-tailed Stegosaurus; and the meat-eating Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus. While the Morrison Formation is really well known in western states like Utah and Colorado, it is poorly understood here in Montana; and such northern exposures are practically unknown. We are the only museum working in the Morrison Formation here, so help us make and preserve new scientific discoveries!
A new aspect we hope to add to the Field Program this year is a variety of dig sites. While the Field Program had previously spent the entirety of any given week at a single site, we are considering splitting time between two locations! However, whether we are able to implement this feature depends on whether we are able to find any new, promising sites beforehand. Nothing has been found yet, but we are always prospecting for new material, so fingers crossed!
Our field program dates are:
July 9th – 15th (completed)
August 13th – 19th
September 3rd – 9th
(*for each dig, we arrive Sunday evening, dig Monday through Friday, and leave Saturday morning*)
In order to have these special digs, we HAVE to have a minimum of FOUR participants signed up. To learn more about this unique paleontological opportunity, email ( or call us (406-654-5300) anytime!
We may also be hosting an additional program out of Malta where we will be search for fossils in the Judith River Formation north of town. Check back here for more info and to find out if we are able to host this additional program.