Missouri River Chamberlain

Fossils of the Cretaceous Interior Seaway of South Dakota

2014 Missouri River Paleontology Field Camp
Come Dig With Us This Summer
At the Museum of Geology

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a paleontologist?  Did you ever want to join a field expedition and collect fossils? Join the Museum of Geology on a five-day adventure. Uncover bones of marine reptiles, pterosaurs, gigantic fish, sharks and baculites while surveying along the Missouri River.

MissouriRiverPaleontologyWho:  Individuals and families with children ages 10 and up.
Site:  Missouri River, Chamberlain, South Dakota
Dates:   July 28 - Aug. 1  |  Aug. 4 - 8  |   Aug. 11 – 15
Cost:  $800 per person per 5-day session - Price includes supplies, handouts, and transportation to the site from Chamberlain.
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.  Participants will work alongside paleontologists and graduate students assisting in the excavation process. Activities may vary, but will include excavation and field stabilization of bones, jacketing fossils with plaster and burlap, mapping of fossil elements, and basic geology. Additional instruction will be given on skeletal anatomy, reading topographic maps, taking field notes, field geology, and dinosaur classification. Personal collection will not be permitted as all collected specimens will be housed in the museum for scientific study and research. 
The museum will provide transportation to the site from Chamberlain, South Dakota. Participants will be responsible for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, water and snacks. Participants are also responsible for accommodation arrangements (dining, camping, and hotel services are available in Sundance and details will be provided upon request). Quarrying equipment and supplies (tools, etc.) will be provided.
The camp is open to individuals and family groups; all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult also registered for the camp. Field paleontology can be physically demanding work. High temperatures, direct sunlight, and working with large, heavy fossils will be factors at the quarry. As such, participants will need to be prepared both physically and in terms of proper attire. Wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts, sun block, and insect repellant are required for each participant.  Additional details on proper dress and field conditions will be sent to you. Individual or family insurance policies and a waiver of liability completed by an adult will be required for all participants.
Due to the limited space available at our sites, the number of camp participants in attendance each day is limited.  A completed registration form and deposit of $150 per party is required.  To register or to receive more information, contact Samantha Hustoft (see information below).
For reservations and more information contact:
Museum of Geology
(605) 394-2467                

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.