Summer Field Paleontology

2014 Summer Field Paleontology Camps

Open to the Public, Non-Credit Options
Make this a summer to remember!

Missouri River - Chamberlain, South Dakota (5 days)   

Dates: July 28 - August 1, August 4 - August 8, August 11 - August 15
Eighty-million years ago, during much of the Age of Dinosaurs, South Dakota was covered by a shallow inland seaway.  Join us to help document fossil discoveries, including marine reptiles, pterosaurs, gigantic fish, sharks and baculites, while surveying along the Missouri River.  Enjoy the beautiful South Dakota prairie, where we will be working in the gorgeous cliffs of the Niobrara Formation and the rolling hills of the Pierre Shale.  Led by Dr. Darrin Pagnac. Cost is $800 per person for 5 days and includes field supplies, handouts, instruction fees, and daily transportation to the site from Chamberlain.

Please note that paleontology field camps for academic credit require a separate registration. Please visit for more information about for-credit options.

For more information on any of these camps, contact:

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 E. Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701
1-800-544-8162 ext. 2467

Please Be Aware:

NO PETS are allowed to accompany participants to field sites, and, due to insurance reasons, all persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who must also be a registered participant.

The Museum accepts payment for the Fossil Camps and Family Paleontology Camp by VISA or MasterCard, money order, cashier's check, or personal check. Payment must be received 14 days prior to the start of the session. Please note you may sign up for more than one session.

NOTICE:  Because of the hazardous nature of fieldwork, you must be covered by your own personal medical insurance. You are responsible for your own conduct. You may be dropped from the program with no refund if your conduct is criminal, dangerous, offensive or otherwise unacceptable. No illegal drugs or weapons (including firearms, knives and fireworks) are allowed. Anyone in possession of these items will be immediately dropped from the program without refund. South Dakota law and SDSM&T policy forbid the possession or use of alcohol on university projects. No tobacco products of any kind are allowed in National Park Service facilities, on the SDSM&T campus or at field sites. If you have known or suspected health problems that might adversely affect your ability to perform under field conditions, you must notify the instructors in advance, provide documentation of the problem from your doctors, and ensure that you have proper medication and arrange any other accommodations needed before your arrival.

Summer Hours

(beginning Memorial Day)

Monday-Friday: 9 am-5 pm
Saturday: 9 am-6 pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Open Holidays

Winter Hours

(beginning Labor Day)

Monday-Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 10 am-4 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays


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The Musuem of Geology is operated by the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.