Dinosaur & Fossil Class Experience
Fossil Preparatory Course
We are excited to offer a new Fossil Preparator Training Course. This course will meet for an entire day of sessions and will provide training in the basics of paleontology, fossil excavation, preparation, preservation, and curation.
These sessions will be taught by our experienced staff members and will cover the following topics:
- Learn the basic principles of paleontology and about the history of our museum and research project.
- Learn how to properly excavate and jacket fossils.
- Learn how to clean and stabilize fossils.
- Learn how to make fossil replicas.
- And learn the basics of our museum management system.
This is a rare opportunity to learn the science and process of dinosaur excavation and preparation! Whether you are a child interested in paleontology, a high schooler taking biology, a college student looking to build your resume or a retiree seeking a new hobby, this course is for you!
The course is just $200 for the entirety of the sessions and will be held on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University. Classes will be limited to 8 individuals per day of sessions and divided into youth (6 - 15) and adult sections (16 and over). Youth classes will be offered every second Sunday of each month, and adult classes will be offered every fourth Sunday of each month (some exceptions may apply for holidays). The session schedule is as follows:
- 9:00 am – 10:30 am: Introduction, an overview of the basics of paleontology, and a museum tour
- 10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Excavation and jacketing
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch break
- 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Fossil preparation and replication
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Course exam; must pass to receive a certificate of completion
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