IMPORTANT 2020 DIG PROGRAM UPDATES
We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. In light of the current global health crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 DIG Field School for this summer. Although it is an unfortunate outcome, we feel that it is in the best interest of the safety and health of everyone involved with the program.
Additional program information and future plans are as follows:
2020 DIG Field School Applications
All teachers who applied to the 2020 DIG Field School have the option of carrying their application over to the next year’s application cycle. We will post additional information for applicants as new developments are made available.
Online Offerings and Resources
In lieu of our usual offerings, we are currently working to develop online content and activities for use by teachers and classrooms. We also aim to create a virtual experience for teachers that will be modeled after the DIG Field School. We aim to have this content available by the end of the summer.
In case you haven’t heard, we recently released a new podcast—”To Hell Creek and Back: The story of the Tufts-Love Rex.” You can listen to the podcast here. Check it out and please share with anyone who may be interested!
2021 DIG Program
We currently plan to resume the DIG Field School in the summer of 2021, but will only operate following the guidance of University of Washington and public health officials.
Again, our primary concern is for the safety and health of the entire DIG community. We wish everyone the best during these uncertain times. And we promise to keep you up to date via our website and email and social media outlets.
The DIG Field School
The 2020 DIG Field School application is now closed! Thanks to all who applied and helped spread the word.
2021 DIG Field School Timeline (subject to change):
- Application period: TBD
- Acceptance decisions: TBD
- Deadline to enroll if accepted: TBD
- 2021 Field School dates: TBD
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.