Our Program

The Discoveries in Geosciences (DIG) Field School is a unique, nonprofit professional development program for K–12 teachers created by University of Washington Burke Museum paleontologists.


The mission of the DIG Field School is to connect K–12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers with scientific research and researchers through ongoing professional development and teaching curricula. Fossils spark student (and teacher!) interest and provide a fun and exciting way to engage with science, including field research methods, critical thinking, and examining evidence. The DIG provides teachers with a hands-on, immersive learning experience through a four-day program at an active field research site in the Hell Creek area of northeastern Montana, as well as year-round educational support and engagement. This “real world” professional development is a critical component of increasing teacher effectiveness and student engagement.


The DIG strives to develop and foster a continuing relationship with our participants. To that end, our program has developed innovative curricula aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that teach science as a process and brings real science into the classroom. You can read more about our field program and our teaching and outreach methods here.