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Junior Paleontologist Excavations Begin at The Mammoth Site

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This hour long educational excavation is great for “Junior Paleontologists” ages 4-13 years. During this simulated dig, children learn Paleontological excavation techniques, including identification of replica mammoth and giant short-faced bear fossils. Replicas are buried in a special area next to the actual sinkhole. Please dress in appropriate clothing as participants will get dirty. A parent or guardian must stay at the Mammoth Site during the program and seating is available at the dig site. Photos and filming is encouraged. Participants bring home a certificate of completion and a fossil identification booklet.


Regular Site admission is not included in the Junior Paleontologist Excavation fee. We require participants and family members to arrive at least 1 hour prior to the dig in order to participate in the 30 minute guided tour. The tour tells the Site’s history, how the fossils are excavated and preserved.


Reservations with advance payment are required. This is a very popular program that fills up fast. Sessions are at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. through July 31 and at 2:00 p.m. from August 1 – 15 Sessions are limited to 16 students. To make reservations please call The Mammoth Site at 605-745-6017. The fee for the Junior Paleontologist Excavation program is $9.00 including tax.


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Refund Policy – must cancel 24 hours in advance to receive refund, groups with 8 or more must cancel one week in advance to receive refund.


The Mammoth Site is open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 7:00 p.m.