Expeditions 2023

Come Dig Dinos with Burpee!
Expeditions 2023: 
  • Utah Week 1: May 15-May 19, 2023 FULL
  • Utah Week 2: May 22-May 26, 2023
  • Utah Week 3: June 5-June 9, 2023
  • Montana Week 1: July 31-August 4, 2023
  • Montana Week 2: August 7-August 11, 2023
Download the Utah Registration Form Here

Jurassic Journey in Hanksville Utah

Download the Montana Registration Form

Highway to Hell Creek in Ekalaka Montana

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Have you ever wanted to dig up real dinosaur bones?

Every summer, crews from Burpee Museum lead expeditions to the Badlands of Utah and Montana to participate in fossil excavations. Team members prospect for new bones eroding out of the hills, learn how to properly excavate fossils and how to protect them for their journey back to the Burpee paleontology lab where they will be cleaned by skilled fossil preparators for research and exhibit. 

No Experience Needed

No Experience is needed to join the team. Our paleontologists will provide hands-on training in the field on how to recognize dinosaur bone and proper excavation techniques to safely remove them from the rock.

New to Expeditions?


Look through some FAQ's about Burpee Museum Dino Adventures!

Calendar of Dig Dates & Pricing:
Jurassic Journey
Location: Hanksville, Utah
  • Utah Week 1: May 15-May 19, 2023 FULL
  • Utah Week 2: May 22-May 26, 2023
  • Utah Week 3: June 5-June 9, 2023
Expedition Rates
Full Week
  • General Public: $ 1,200
  • Educator/Student/Returning Participant: $1,000
Per Day Rate 
  • General Public: $250/day
  • Student & Educator: $213 (15% savings)

(Fee includes transportation from Hanksville to dig site)  

Highway to Hell Creek
Location: Ekalaka, Montana 
  • Montana Week 1: July 31-August 4, 2023
  • Montana Week 2: August 7-August 11, 2023
Expedition Rates
Full Week         
  • General Public: $1,400
  • Educator/Student/Returning Participant:  $1,200

Guests arrive Sunday and depart Friday

(Fee includes lodging, meals, transportation to dig sites and transportation to Rapid City airport as needed)   

Jurassic Journey

Expedition Option #1: Located in Hanksville, Utah

Journey to the Jurassic at the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry.  This is one of the largest dinosaur bonebeds in the US, and preserves the remains of more that 15 different dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, and Apatosaurus. Participants will spend the week working in the Mars-like landscape of the Jurassic Morrison Formation that dates back to 150-145 million years ago.

Highway to Hell Creek

Expedition #2: Location: Ekalaka, Montana

The Hell Creek Formation contains some of the most iconic dinosaurs in the world and includes Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and the tank-like Ankylosaurus. The Burpee Museum has been working in southeast Montana since 2000, and during that time has discovered thousands of fossils. Our juvenile T. rex, Jane, and our sub-adult Triceratops, Homer, were both discovered and excavated by Burpee volunteers who participated in the program. We currently have numerous dinosaur sites that we will revisit in the summer of 2022.

Registration Details: Mail, Email, or Drop off form to register

Registration Contact
  • 737 N. Main St. Rockford IL 61103
Down payment
  • Down payment is $400 per person
  • If Burpee has to cancel a session due to non-interest you will receive a full refund.
  • Down payments can be mailed, paid in person, or by credit card over the phone (815-965-343)

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.

Call 815.965.3433 more information.

Links: MSNBC Utah Story