Join the staff of Casper College’s Tate Geological Museum this summer
for a week-long exploration for dinosaurs in Wyoming!


We are offering two Summer Dinosaur Digs in 2014:
• June 16-20, Jurassic Morrison Formation at Como Bluff, WY
• September 15-19, Cretaceous Lance Formation near Lusk, WY


Dig

About the Digs

Tate Geological Museum Paleontology Digs are set up to give everyone a chance to learn and participate in paleontological field work. Join us for a week in the field. Trips are based out of Casper, WY. The cost of each trip includes six nights of lodging, all meals from dinner Sunday evening to dinner Friday evening, snacks and drinks/water, all ground transportation from Casper to the field site and back, and tools and professional guidance.

Participants must be at least 16 years old; 16 and 17 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult.


JPYour Dig Leader

The goal of all Tate Geological Museum paleontology field trips is to offer fun educational experiences while building up the museum’s collections for display and/or research. The trips are run by the museum’s Collections Specialist and Prep Lab Manager, J.P. Cavigelli. J.P.’s expertise has led to his participation in numerous paleontological expeditions throughout the West as well as in Niger, Mongolia, and Tanzania. J.P. has been leading Tate Geological Museum digs for nine years, including regularly scheduled Summer Dinosaur Digs, volunteer digs, and excavation of large specimens such as Dee the Mammoth and Lee Rex the T. rex.

J.P. Cavigelli
Tate Geological Museum
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
P: 307-268-3008
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June 16-20, Jurassic Morrison Formation
at Como Bluff, WY

The first dig week will be from June 16 through 20. We will be primarily working on a camptosaur skeleton in the Morrison Formation near the town of Medicine Bow, WY. The ranch we are working on is part of historic Como Bluff, which was collected in the 1870s and spurred the famous dinosaur wars of the late 1800s. We will be working a quarry that was discovered 15 years ago, but hasn’t been touched in a while. There is a camptosaur skeleton in the quarry, which is affectionately known as ‘Blueberry.’ A camptosaur is a medium-sized Jurassic herbivorous dinosaur. Our goal will be to excavate it, find out how much is there, and collect as much as possible for the Tate Geological Museum. We will be staying at the historic Virginian Hotel in Medicine Bow, WY.


September 15-19, Cretaceous Lance Formation
near Lusk, WY

The second Summer Dinosaur Dig will be later in the summer from September 15 through 19. We will head to eastern Wyoming into the late Cretaceous Lance Formation and work on a disarticulated hadrosaur skeleton. A hadrosaur is a duck-billed dinosaur. We have worked this quarry for three weeks now and have collected a few bones, and exposed about 100 bones. I am sure there are more bones to be found. Our primary goal will be to continue excavating and collecting this specimen. We are hoping there is enough of a skeleton to eventually mount this one in the Tate. We will be staying at the Covered Wagon Hotel in Lusk, WY.


Details

DigFor each trip we will meet on Sunday evening for dinner in Casper to get acquainted and review the plans for the week. Early Monday morning we meet to load equipment and head to the dig site after a visit to the Tate Geological Museum. We head back to Casper Friday after lunch in the field. Accommodations in Casper are included on the Sunday evening prior to the dig and the Friday evening after the dig at the Ramada Plaza Riverside. Diggers should plan to arrive in Casper in time for our 6 p.m. dinner date that Sunday evening before we head out on Monday morning. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the Casper/Natrona County International Airport. Complimentary transportation to the museum before and after the dig can also be arranged at the hotel.

  • Suggested Items to Bring
    • Backpack
    • Refillable water bottle (a MUST)
    • Field notebook
    • Binoculars
    • Camera
    • Light jacket/rain gear
    • Knee pads

Registration

Click for flyer/form. We are offering two Summer Dinosaur Digs in 2014:

  • June 16-20, Jurassic Morrison Formation at Como Bluff, WY.
  • September 15-19, Cretaceous Lance Formation near Lusk, WY.

The fee for the dig is $800 per person. This includes six nights of lodging, six dinners, five field lunches, four continental breakfasts at the hotel in Lusk, snacks and soft drinks/water, and all ground transportation.

A nonrefundable deposit of $400 per person is required upon registration to hold your place. The balance of the fees is due no later than 60 days prior to the start of the dig.

To register for a Tate Museum Paleontology Dig download the registration form below and send it to us via snailmail or fax (info on registration form), along with the downpayment and the completed Medical Release Form.

For more information please call 307-268-2447 or J.P. Cavigelli.


Hadrosaur toe bone from the Merle Quarry being mapped.

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A group working the Merle Quarry.

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Working on a big jacket at Merle. Photo by Jodie Atherton

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Bringing a big bone back to the vehicles, Como Bluff.

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