Paleontology Field Experience

Paleontology Field Experience

Summer Dinosaur Digs

While many people only dream of taking part in a dinosaur excavation, through Colorado Northwestern Community College that dream can become a reality for you! Located in the heart of dinosaur country we offer you the chance to work alongside professional paleontologists to uncover fossils that have been buried for over 65 million years.

During a two week session you will learn about paleontology by digging, brushing, and uncovering a unique fossilized specimen. There is no experience required to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, only a passion for experiencing fossils up close and personal.

CNCC offers optional housing for our participants in our campus dormitories. Participants also have the option to earn college credit during their two week stay!

What will you discover this summer?


Summer 2015 Dates

Session One
Monday, June 8-Friday, June 19

Session Two
Monday, June 22– Friday, July 3

Day Sessions Available
For more information contact



Camp Cost: $2,000
 Includes: instruction, use of tools, transportation, lunch every day

Housing & Meals: (optional) $500
Includes: housing in residence hall on CNCC Rangely campus. Breakfast, lunch and dinner for duration of stay

Higher Education Credit: (optional) variable
Three hours of geology credit through CNCC. Tuition is based on residency & other factors.

Note: Costs DO NOT include travel to and from Rangely, CO

Apply Now

Download our APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION and send it to

The deadline for submission is April 15th, 2015.

Space is limited and reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis!


Frequently Asked Questions

Can Children Participate?

Participants for the two-week courses must be 18 years or older. However, our day sessions are available to children 8 and older. Contact for details.

Do I need experience to participate?

No prior experience is necessary to enjoy this program! However, due to the nature of fieldwork participants should be comfortable walking a mile, lifting 25 lbs, and spending extended amounts of time in an outdoor setting.

I’m not a college student, am I eligible to come?

Yes, we invite any interested adults to our two-week sessions! While our experiences can be taken for college credit, this is optional. No college necessary for your participation in the program.

I would like to stay in the dorms, does this include meals?

Yes. Our room and board fee includes a dorm room and 3 meals a day for the duration of your visit.

What do I need to pack?

The high desert of Rangely has variable weather. We encourage participant to refer to our suggested packing list for details. If you have further questions contact

Don’t see your question here? Contact