We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy! We are excited to announce that we are planning to resume the DIG Field School in the summer of 2021— the 2021 DIG Field School will be held July 29–August 2, 2021!

Application submissions for the 2021 DIG are now closed. Please check back next year for the 2022 DIG!

Again, our primary concern is for the safety and health of the entire DIG community, so we will only operate following the guidance of the University of Washington and public health officials. 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.

2020 DIG Field School Applicants

All teachers who applied to the 2020 DIG Field School have the option of carrying their application over to this year’s application cycle. If you applied to the 2020 DIG Field School and would like to carry over your application to the 2021 cycle, please email us at


The DIG Field School

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2021 DIG Field School Timeline (subject to change):

  1. Application period: March 1–March 22, 2021
  2. Acceptance decisions: April 5, 2021
  3. 2021 Field School dates: July 29–August 2, 2021

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?

There is 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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