Volunteering at MRF
The minimum age of participation is 14. Students between the ages of 14 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No special knowledge of dinosaurs or experience in this type of project is required. Successful applicants will be provided with reading recommendations to help them get the most out of their stay. There is a maximum of sixteen participants per week.
Participant fees include three meals a day, lodging, a MRF t-shirt, transportation to and from the dig sites, and all necessary equipment.
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Download the Volunteer Information sheet (PDF, 60k)
Our primary objectives are to locate, excavate, and prepare fossils from the Hell Creek Formation in order to push the boundaries of current knowledge. We also hope to build a collection to display in a future museum. Participants have the opportunity to look for fossils and to assist with the excavation of bones deemed to have scientific value. There are six people on staff, all of whom have extensive experience in the field and the laboratory. It is expected that a minimum of four staff people will be on location at all times.
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MRF is conducting five weeks of field work...
- MRF Week 1: June 25 - July 2
- MRF Week 2: July 2 - July 9 *
- MRF Week 3: July 23 - July 30
- MRF Week 4: July 30 - August 6
- MRF Week 5: August 6 - August 13
* While other paleontologists will be present, Dr. Tyler Lyson will not be present this week.
Transportation is provided for all participants during their stay. Transportation can be arranged to and from Rapid City, SD, Marmarth's closest airport, which hosts major airlines such as Delta and United. However, since this airport is over 180 miles away, there is a $60 per person transportation fee for this service (round trip fare). All arrivals and departures occur on Saturday and must not arrive after 4:00 PM or depart before 11:30 AM.