In our Palaeontologist for a Day program, you will join a real palaeontological excavation this summer! Go shoulder-to-shoulder with researchers and field crews as we explore the Pipestone Creek bonebed for dinosaurs, and with them, the answers to what was really happening right here millions of years ago.

As one of the densest fossil sites in the world, Pipestone Creek is a treasure trove of prehistoric information, but there is still much we don’t know. Each new fossil uncovered provides another piece of the puzzle and enhances our understanding of the enigmatic animals that once made their homes here.


As a part of the excavation team, you will start your day with a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. Following the tour, you will get equipped with a museum tote bag, water bottle, and real fossil hunting tools. From there you will follow our team to Pipestone Creek Park in your vehicle, take a short hike to the bonebed, then set about excavating fossils with the assistance of our palaeontologists. There will also be time to take a break, breathe in the serene landscape, and have lunch hand-packed by our catering team.

Book today for your fossil dig experience or to give a fossil dig experience to others!

*Participants must be at least 12 years of age, and those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Dates for Summer 2024

Friday, July 5th
Saturday, July 6th
Friday, July 12th
Saturday, July 13th
Sunday, July 14th
Wednesday, July 17th
Thursday, July 18th
Friday, July 19th
Saturday, July 20th
Monday, August 26th
Tuesday, August 27th
Wednesday, August 28th
Saturday, August 31st
Monday, September 2nd


8:30 am:  Meet at the Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour of the paleontology lab. Grab your bagged lunch and swag bag!  

9:00 am:  Participants follow the palaeontolgists to Pipestone Creek Park in their own vehicles. Short hike to the bonebed.

9:30 am:  Introduction to the bonebed and the tools. Start excavating!

12:00 pm: Packed Lunch will be provided at the bonebed. Short hike down Pipestone Creek to learn about the Bonebed’s history and geology.

1:00pm: Return to the bonebed and continue excavating.

3:30-4:00 pm: Pack up for the day. Leave from Pipestone Creek Park.

*Optional and time permitting, participants may return to the museum to tour the galleries.


  • As the Palaeontologist for a Day program is an outdoor physical activity, participants must bring their own weather-appropriate attire, including sunscreen.
  • Palaeontologist for a Day programs will proceed rain or shine. Cancellations will only occur in the event of extreme or dangerous weather conditions.