The 2020 DIG Field School application is now closed! Thanks to all who applied and helped spread the word. Application decisions will be announced in April.

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2020 DIG Field School Timeline (subject to change):

  1. Application period: February–March
  2. Acceptance decisions: April
  3. Deadline to enroll if accepted: May 1
  4. 2020 Field School dates: July 18–22

Have additional questions? See or FAQ or contact us.

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 approximately 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 clock hours for Washington state (30 hours) and professional development renewal units for Montana state (40 units), as well as continuing education 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 with their credits.

How much does the Field School cost?

*New to the program, we are introducing a $100 course fee to participate in the DIG. The course fee helps offset costs for food, lodging, scientific equipment, and onsite transportation upon arrival. 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.

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