Summer Classes

Jr. Paleontology Program

This educational simulated excavation for “Junior Paleontologists” ages 4-12 is held 7 days a week at the Mammoth Site from June 1st through August 15th. Sessions are 10am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm daily.

Paleontological excavation techniques are taught, including identification of replica mammoth and giant short-faced bear fossils. Wear appropriate clothing as participants get dirty. A parent or guardian must stay at the Mammoth Site during the program with seating available near the dig box. Photos and filming are encouraged. Participants bring home a fossil identification booklet and a Jr. Paleontologist completion certificate suitable for framing.

The Jr. Paleontologist Program fee for each child is $11.06 + tax. Regular Museum admission is not included in the Junior Paleontologist Excavation fee.

Participants are required to attend the Museum’s 30-minute self-guided tour before the Jr. Dig. On the tour participants hear the Site’s history, learn how the fossils were excavated, and why they are preserved.
NEW! Family Dig Program

Family Dig Program

NEW for Summer 2022, The Mammoth Site is excited to launch the Family Dig Program!

The Family Dig is a paleontology class designed for the whole family. In this class families will work together to excavate fossils in a simulated dig site. Lead by a qualified guide, participants will learn how paleontologists discover and excavate a site, using the same tools we use in the Bonebed. Families will learn why we excavate fossils, how we preserve fossils, and what fossils can tell us about a changing world. This class is a hands-on experience excavating and jacketing fossils, creating a jacket shell you can take home as an educational souvenir, along with an informational note book and certificate. At least one parent/guardian is required per family with a max of 6 participants per reservation.

Price is $48 plus tax per family.

Atlatl Throwing Classes

The Mammoth Site’s Atlatl Program explores the early ways humans hunted. Atlatls, or spear-throwers, have been found across the world. In this class, participants will learn what an atlatl is, why it was used, and how humans and Ice Age animals, like mammoths, interacted.

Participants will then get to try their hand at throwing darts, using atlatls, at replica targets. This class is for participants 8 and older, with sessions held daily at 9am and 3pm at a cost of $12.00 plus tax per person. Closed toe shoes required.

A stream table allows us to model how water interacts with the land around it. Using one, we can model how streams and rivers move sediment through erosion, how floods occur, and how they shape their landscape. Stream tables make excellent interactive exhibits, allowing guests to freely change the model as they see fit, and observe the results of those changes. An understanding of these processes is vital to understanding how The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs has changed through time, from initial formation/deposition to today.