Due to the large number of applications, we will be making our final acceptance decisions early next week. We will notify applicants via email once the decisions are made. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The DIG team
What is the DIG Field School?
The DIG Field School offers K-12 teachers the opportunity to do real geological and paleontological research in Hell Creek, Montana. Every summer, we take 30 teachers to an active field research site, where teachers get to experience the rigors and joys of field work while learning new techniques and strategies to bring back to their own classrooms.
Can I get credit for attending the Field School?
Yes! We are currently approved to offer continuing education hours for Montana and Washington, as well as credit through the University of Washington. We are also happy to work with teachers from other states on getting approval for appropriate continuing education credits. Teachers are not required to apply for credits; teachers are responsible for any fees associated to their credits.
How much does the Field School cost?
We don’t charge teachers a penny to attend the DIG Field School. We cover food, scientific equipment, and transportation after teachers arrive at our base camp in Hell Creek State Park. We don’t cover personal camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, clothing, etc.) or fees associated with education credits (for example, if you want to receive credit through the University of Washington for attending, you will need to pay those fees yourself). We also currently aren’t able to pay for travel costs (e.g., plane tickets, car transportation, etc.), although we do provide transportation from the Billings International Airport to the Hell Creek State Park and back.
There is no fee to apply. We do ask teachers who are accepted for a $100 deposit, which is returned in full when you complete the Field School and return the scientific equipment checked out to you.