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Dinosaur Camp


The Montana Learning Center is partnering with the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, MT for a unique camping experience. This adventure includes three days of field expeditions to active sites in the Hell Creek Formation, including but not limited to dinosaur excavation, microsite identification, plant fossil harvesting, and amber collection. In addition to the fossil digs, campers will tour the Carter County Museum, sort material collected in the field, and learn the basics of fossil preparation. Space is limited to 12 students who are entering 8th – 12th grade.


2020 Camp Dates & Details:

August  16th – 21st

Six-day overnight camp

For students entering 8th – 12th grade

Finding Fossils is a rewarding experience


Students will participate in bringing fossils from the field to the Carter County Museum for a permanent Montana Learning Center exhibit at the Museum. This MLC exhibit will evolve from year to year as the collection of fossils discovered by campers grows. Fossil discoveries will become part of the Carter County Museum collection. Campers will be listed as the collector on the display.  

Carter County Museum is located in eastern Montana, in the small ranching community of Ekalaka. Founded in 1936 by amateur archaeologists and paleontologists of the Carter County Geological Society, the Museum’s original mission was related to the collection and study of dinosaur fossils found on local ranches. The Museum has the proud distinction of being Montana’s first dinosaur museum.

Museum staff will provide guidance at the dig sites, tools for digging, and expertise. Campers will receive a special tour of the collections areas of the Museum, in addition to a souvenir of a fossil cast. Long-time MLC and Museum volunteer Heath Caldwell will serve as a junior counselor for the camp and participants will benefit from his experience in the region and peer mentorship. There will be an option for night-sky viewing during one evening with all eyes on  eastern Montana’s starry skies.

The cost of this camp is $1,000 for all six days. Included in the cost of the camp is transportation, housing, meals, snacks and all learning and recreational activities and related fees. Students leave from Montana Learning Center on Sunday afternoon and return there on Friday afternoon.   

“What an amazing summer experience for my boys. They couldn’t stop talking about the fun they had. So thankful for the fantastic staff at MLC!”

- Camper Parent

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