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 30–35 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. Those classrooms then become part of the DIG community, where they have access to our educational resources.

Who can apply for the DIG?

We welcome applications from K–12 teachers in the US and across the globe! As of 2017, we’ve served teachers from 23 different states and are growing every year! You can read more about applying to the DIG here.

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. This 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.

Where does the DIG Field School take place?

The DIG takes place at the Hell Creek State Park in Jordan, Montana. The Hell Creek area is famous for its preservation of fossils from dinosaurs and other organisms, and is a hub for scientific researchers around the world. During the DIG, instructors and participants eat, work, and tent camp together, providing an authentic and impactful experience.

I’m not a teacher. Can I still get involved?

Absolutely! You can read about volunteer opportunities at the Burke Museum here, or email us if you have any questions. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for updates on our program and current events in the scientific event. Interested in supporting the DIG? You can donate to our program here.


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