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Paleontology Field Program-MOR






              The Museum of the Rockies  Paleontology Field Program
offers you the unique opportunity to work with professional
paleontologists and staff members on famous and active dinosaur research
sites.

The Site
The Willow Creek Anticline, on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains
near Choteau, Montana, just 90 miles south of Glacier National Park, is
the site for the Paleontology Field Program. In 1978 Dr. Jack Horner,
the Museum's Curator of Paleontology, discovered the remains of dinosaur
nesting colonies in this area. Fossil finds included dinosaur eggs,
embryos, nests of several species, and a massive bone-bed of Maiasaura
peeblesorum fossils which have revealed very significant information
about dinosaur behavior and physiology.  Dr. Horner's experiences in the
area are recounted in his best-selling book, Digging Dinosaurs. These
sites are  now owned and protected by The Nature Conservancy.

              The Facility
              You and your fellow participants will be housed in
Blackfeet tipis. A large main tipi is used as a dining hall, and as a
classroom in inclement weather. Great meals are served from a portable
professional  kitchen, and electricity is provided by the camp
generator. A radio-telephone, chemical toilets, and a shower add to your
convenience and comfort. If you want to soak in a long hot shower, there
are commercial showers available in town.
              The program first opened to the public in 1988, the
Paleontology Field Program is offered through a cooperative arrangement
with The Nature Conservancy
              You don't have to be a scientist to enroll. Three
different sessions are offered to match your background, interests,
objectives, and time:

              A Brief Experience in Paleontology
              If you want to learn about field paleontology but don't
have much time, these one-day sessions are for you. They are well suited
to families whose children are ages 10 and older. The day includes
instruction in fossil identification, several hours of badlands
exploration for fossils, a tour of the paleontological sites, and lunch.

 Introductory Field Paleontology
    This week-long session will give you a wide range of experience in
several types of field paleontology including small tool and hard rock
excavation, prospecting for dinosaur and other fossils in the badlands,
and gathering geologic data. While in camp you'll participate in
lectures, slide shows, discussions and evening programs. You'll start
and end the week at the Museum of the Rockies, and see the dinosaur
exhibit "One Day 80 Million Years Ago"  which is based on research at
the Egg Mountain and Maiasaura bonebed sites. You will also be invited
to tour The Nature Conservancy's grizzly bear habitat at the nearby Pine
Butte Swamp Preserve. Participants in this session must be at least 15
years old.


              Act Now!
              The Paleontology Field Program is held for only a short
time each summer and class sizes are limited. For more information email
Bonnie Sachetello-Sawyer at bsawyer@montana.edu. Please note that Museum
of the Rockies members receive a discounted price.

              1999 A Brief Experience in Paleontology:
              June 21 June 30
              Adults (ages 15 and up)
              $85/members, $95/ non-members
              Children (ages 10-15)*
              $65/members, $75/ non-members

              1999 A Two-Day Brief Experience in
              Paleontology: June 22-23 June 24-25
              June 28-29 July 1-2
              Adults (ages 15 and up)
              $300/members, $350/non-members
              Children (ages 10-15)*
              $250/members, $300/ non-members

              1999 Introductory Field Paleontology:
              July 3-10 July 10-17 July 17-24
              July 24-31 July 31-August 7
              Adults and Teens (ages 12 and up)*
              $1050/members, $1100/non-members


              *Children and Teens, ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an
adult

              *Children must be accompanied by an adult.