The Dinosaur CSI field program offers students hands-on experience with the methods, techniques, and theories of modern paleontology. By sharing the science of paleontology the Institute subscribes to the ideals of education creating awareness and funding for research.
This program introduces students to the geology of the Morrison Formation, associated biological evolution, biostratigraphy and fossil science research, taphonomy, and paleo-ecology while providing hands-on experience as dinosaur excavation team members. Students participate in the excavation of dinosaurs in central Wyoming, including newly discovered species. Additionally, as a program specifically designed for educators, we emphasize and explore the nature of experiential STEM learning and how to translate the impacts of this experience into classroom practice.
Make no mistake: this is NOT a “look see” “trip” where you’re driven around from place to place, get out and take pictures, and end up back at a hotel each evening. Everyday you will learn something, work hard, and contribute to scientific fieldwork.
Imagine uncovering bones of these ancient creatures and YOU being the first living thing to see them in 150 million years! Many have described it as a surreal experience—something hard to describe but life changing nonetheless. Some have come to appreciate not just the fossils but our place as humans within earth’s vast timeline. Still others just come to unwind, have fun, and learn something about their favorite childhood “monsters” and their world.