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Paleontology (summer class)

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. Located in the heart of dinosaur country CNCC offers you the chance to work alongside professional paleontologists to uncover fossils that have been buried for over 74 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! Participants also have the option to earn college credit during their two-week session.

What will you discover this summer?

SIGN UP NOW!! Space is limited and reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Summer 2020 Dig Itinerary - Releasing Soon!

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Costs (Estimated):

Camp Cost: $1,600 Includes: instruction, room and board, use of tools, and all camp supplies.

Higher Education Credit: (optional) Cost variable, Three hours of geology credit (GEY 229) through CNCC. Tuition is variable based on residency & other factors.

*Note: Costs do not include travel to and from your home residence to CNCC Craig Campus. This is the individual’s responsibility.


Session One: June 1st - 13th 2020 (On-site dig) 

 *Students registered for GEY 229 will begin online coursework on May 18th, 2020.

Session Two: TBA


Paleontology Contact Information

Craig Rangely

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Phone: (970) 824-1119

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,800 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two main campuses in Craig and Rangely are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado, with two service centers located in Meeker and Oak Creek.

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