Did the Dig with my father to try something different and fun. it costs $50 per adult, , which is a little pricey. I think kids cost $40. The group starts with a tour of the museum, discussing each display and pointing things out that they feel are the essentials to know. Much appreciated. After the hour tour, you go 'back stage' into the room where the actual specimens are collected and catalogued. It was neat to see someone working on a fossil recovery, under microscope and all! Only real complaint about this, is that the group should be encouraged to go into the museum to read the writing on the walls before the tour starts, and older folks should be prepared for a lot of standing.
After we loaded into an old astro van, where we are driven out to a farmers field and given a paint brush. I was disappointed. I thought I would learn about tools used to recover and discover fossils. And I also expected to be working along side of actual people who are working towards a goal. This is what makes me frustrated with the price. I could get a paint brush and drive myself out onto other peoples property anytime.
On the way back to the main facility, the tour guide (who was very nice, and very knowledgable - which was very impressive given she worked there for only one season) asked if we wanted to see the actual dig site. The people had already left for the day, but it was very neat to see what they are doing, and how they are going about it.
During the dig, when walking around we found a few pieces of fossilized bone sitting on the surface, the guide said that after a rain things tend to pop up. No one actually found anything from digging. Which is another reason for why I'd suggest they rethink their dig option and find a way to take people to the actual site.
Bring a hat, sunscreen, insect (fly) repellent, and maybe a little foam pad to kneel on or sit on.
Be prepared for lots of standing and kneeling.
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