Burpee in the Field
Every summer, Burpee Museum heads up research trips looking for clues to our Earth's past. YOU can join these trips through our Dinosaur Expedition programs in May, June, and August. Here are some frequently asked questions.
What Are the Burpee Dino Expeditions?
Every year, Burpee Museum runs public dinosaur expeditions to two different locations: Utah and Montana. Both sites have been active research locations for over 15 years, and continue to be at the forefront of ongoing research and discovery. If you are to join these expeditions, you will be working directly with fossil under the guidance of Burpee Paleontologists. The two locations are quite different in both types of animals you will find and work with, as well as terrain and lodging accommodations. Absolute beginners are welcome. Onsite training and supplies are included in the expedition fee structure.
Utah: Excavating a tangle of fossils
Utah: Plaster finished and rib ready
Montana: Gathering supplies
Montana: Prospecting and hiking
Which expedition is right for me?
Montana is for you if: you enjoy hiking, walking, and prospecting! Exciting finds happen each year, and some seasons offer very different experiences from looking for microfossils, to excavating large dinosaurs. Team atmosphere is emphasized through learning lectures in the evening, and group meals. The experience also includes transportation to and from the many field sites, as well as lodging at the rustic and relaxing Camp Needmore.
Utah is for you if: you are interested in taking a seat in the most beautiful scenery, and digging out a single jurassic animal to your heart's content. Unlike many dinosaur expeditions, there is not much required walking for you here. There is no doubt you will have a fossil to work on! The quarry is large with many projects underway.
What can we expect in the Hanksville-Burpee Quarry, Utah Location?
Situated in the unique town of Hanksville, Utah, Burpee runs an annual expedition to the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry.
Dino Dig Visiting Options Include:
- Free public tours (during dig season only)
- Single day paid expedition digging
- 5-day full week adventures
What does the fee structure provide in Hanksville-Burpee Quarry, Utah?
- Transportation: Burpee provides transportation to and from the site for all paid registrants
- Resting Spots: Shade tent, chairs and water are provided during the expedition days
- Tools: All excavation tools that are needed are provided for you
What is not provided by Burpee for the Hanksville-Burpee Quarry, Utah expeditions?
- Participants should pack a field lunch and snack
- Dinner/Breakfast is the responsibility of the participant (There are several amazing restaurants in town as well as small grocery stores)
- Transportation & Lodging
- Participants typically arrange their own transportation to Hanksville by driving or flying into various airports (Denver, Salt Lake City, Grand Junction) and renting a car to drive to Hanksville area.
- Burpee has an option for pick-up from the Grand Junction, CO airport.
- Local hotels include Whispering Sands, Duke Slickrock, and others.
- Some participants have brought their RV, or chosen to camp as well.
What other adventures might a participant expect at the Hanksville-Burpee Quarry, Utah expeditions?
Participants enjoy optional hikes searching for petrified wood, agate, fossil oysters, and great views. Nearby state park visits are as close as 30 min including Goblin Valley State Park, Horseshoe Canyon and Capitol Reef National Park. Many geologic formations are easily viewed and identified by Burpee's team including the Dakota Sandstone, Morrison Formation (Brushy Basin Member, Salt Wash Member, and Tidwell Member), Summerville Formation, Curtis Formation, Entrada Sandstone and many more!
Huge Jurassic Fossils
Daily tours of the quarry and work site
Removing fossils from the matrix
What can we expect in the Ekalaka, Montana Location?
Ekalaka Montana is in the heart of the Hell Creek Formation. Burpee runs annual expeditions to the BLM land worked by our staff's permit.
- The full week (5-day) adventure
- Student Week (contact Burpee for more information)
What does the fee structure provide in Ekalaka, Montana?
- Transportation: Burpee provides transportation for all activities during the week
- Tools: All excavation tools needed are provided and set for you
- On-site Burpee chef will provide hot breakfast and dinner
- Burpee provides cold lunches for the field
- Some snacks & drinks for field and at camp
Transportation and Lodging
Burpee vehicles and teams will take you to current, and new sites to find and dig Cretaceous specimens from dinosaurs to turtles to even tiny microfossil amphibians. This expedition involves hiking up and down the beautiful hills of Montana while prospecting for new dinosaurs, or heading to well explored sites.
Participants typically arrange their own transportation to the Rapid City airport and then are picked up by Burpee staff and transported to Camp Needmore in Ekalaka, or rent a car and drive in themselves.
In the evening, enjoy a relaxing setting at the rustic cabins, or join other members of the expedition for learning lectures, and even card games in the mess hall.