Expeditions

The Adventure of a Lifetime!

This is your opportunity to join the team that discovered and excavated Burpee’s T. rex, Jane, Triceratops, Homer, and Oviraptor, Pearl. In Utah’s Morrison Formation you will enjoy excavating some of the largest dinosaur bones Burpee has ever collected. Whether you’re a seasoned paleontologist or just curious about the past, Burpee expeditions are an experience to remember. Not sure if this is for you? Come to one of our Orientation Sessions to hear more about an expedition to Montana or Utah. Plus, you can read more about Burpee’s 2013 field season at the Burpee Blog, “No Stone Unturned." 

What will we find?

On past Hell Creek expeditions, crew members have uncovered everything from tiny microfossils to entire dinosaurs! A recent Burpee group discovered more than three promising sites containing Edmontosaurus, theropod, and Triceratops remains in Montana. In the Morrison Formation of Utah we have discovered a huge bone bed containing Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, and Apatosaurus remains, and more.

What will we do?

We will spend up to five week days prospecting for fossils and discovering specimens to add to the Museum’s collection. You’ll learn the fundamentals to paleontology field work including prospecting, excavating, plastering and working at micro-vertebrate locations.

Let’s Go!

There are two locations and four sessions for you to choose from this field season:

Project Utah- Hanksville, Utah 
Week 1: May 26-30 FULL!
Week 2: June 2-6

Highway to Hell Creek- Camp Needmore, Ekalaka, Montana: 
Week 1: July 28-August 1
Week 2: August 4-8

Applications accepted November 15, 2013.

Federal law requires that all vertebrate fossils collected be deposited into the collection of Burpee Museum of Natural History. You will be credited with the discovery of all specimens you collect and your finds will be a valuable asset to the Museum for research, display, and education. Field expeditions can be physically challenging. Burpee Museum of Natural History reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

Expedition Trip Orientation Dates

Burpee Museum of Natural History will be holding two Expedition Orientations at the museum. You do not have to be registered for an expedition session to come to an orientation. Orientations will cover what happens and what you can expect in the field.

Orientation 1: April 12, 2014 1:00- 3:00 pm at Burpee Museum

Orientation 2: June 28, 2014 1:00- 3:00 pm at Burpee Museum

Contact Scott Williams for more information or to sign-up today!

Links: WIU Alumni News or WIU Dr Bonnan Home Page or NIU Article or UTAH BLM PR or Salt Lake Tribune Articleor MSNBC Utah Story or Caineville Inn Utah.