Summer campers dig up an interest in Paleontology


RAPID CITY, S.D. - Nine high school students from South Dakota and across the country came to the School of Mines this summer for a one-of-a-kind, in depth paleontology summer camp June 23-28.

Fossils: The Path of the Paleontologist is a week-long summer camp coordinated and taught by Dr. Clint Boyd.

The curriculum focuses on getting students out of the classroom and into the field with hands-on activities and field trips to the Black Hills Geological Institute in Hill City and the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs.

Students also had the opportunity to open fossil casts in the new, state-of-the-art James E. Martin Paleontology  Research Lab at the School of Mines and went into the Badlands to discover fossils under the supervision of Dr. Boyd.

South Dakotan students participating in the camp included Morgan Sidle of Rapid City and Jessie Capotrio of Sturgis.

Campers from out-of-state included Theopan Lyman of San Francsisco, CA; Dalton Bernier of New Richmond, WI; Nicholas Reid of Sterling, VA; Artie Pettigrew of Valentine, NE; Matthew Stone of Anchorage, AK; and John Murphy of Bellaire, TX.

The camp was made possible by generous scholarship donations from the South Dakota Community Foundation and the American Council of Engineering Companies.

For more information on this and other School of Mines camps in 2014, interested students, parents, and counselors may call (605) 394-2693. Updated information will be posted at as it becomes available.

Media Contact
Chris Marshall
SDSM&T(605) 394-2585


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