What lies buried just under the surface …

In our Palaeontologist for a Day program, you will join a real palaeontological excavation this summer and find out for yourself! 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. 

Program Details

The program costs $210 per person. As a part of the excavation team, you’ll start your day with a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. Following the tour, you’ll drive yourself to the bonebed, get equipped with real fossil hunting tools, then set about scouring the bonebed for the next big discovery with the assistance of our palaeontology team. There will also be time to take a break, breathe in the serene landscape, and have lunch hand-packed by our catering team.

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

2022 Dates:

June: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th

July: 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th

August: 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th


8:30 am: 
Behind-the-scenes tour of lab.   

9:00 am:  Participants will follow the Palaeontologist for a Day supervisor to the Pipestone parking lot in their own vehicles.

9:30 am:  Tour to the Bonebed and begin digging for fossils!

12:00 pm: Packed Lunch will be provided at the bonebed.

4:00 pm: Pack up for the day.


  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

Any changes to your booking can be completed up to 72 hours before the booking; however, cancellations received after 8 days before the date of the program will only be eligible for a 50% refund, and no refund will be issued for same day cancellations.

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