Support the Dinosaur Science Museum
"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living."
Jules Henri Poincare'
What is the SWAU Dinosaur Dig?
For 25 years, Southwestern Adventist University has been conducting a dinosaur excavation research project in the Lance Formation of eastern Wyoming.
We are quarrying in an extremely rich bone bed, finding the remains of a large number of upper Cretaceous dinosaurs. This project provides an exciting opportunity to learn advanced quarrying techniques and experience the joy of discovery for everyone that participates.
Why is the Southwestern Adventist University Hanson Ranch Field Station important?
This project will continue to support the progress we have made over the past two and a half decades in pioneering the use of GPS technology to map bone beds, getting schools and churches involved in the study of paleontology and origins, and the development of strong and credible relationships with our scientific colleagues.
How will my gift advance this project?
Your gift will be used to support the construction of a new field station. The previous field station, which supported the needs of our researchers and participants since 2001, was destroyed in 2020 by a tornado. In order for the project to remain viable and grow, a new field station must be built. Not only will a new field station facilitate the needs of our research, it will also allow us to expand our mission to engage the public in the field of paleontology.
Benefits of sponsoring/donating?
Donors will be encouraged to join us on the dig, and a list of donors will be displayed at the entrance to the new field station. We will also be naming rooms after the largest donors if they permit recognition.
By The Numbers
Total participants with 195 in 2021 alone
Seasons of excavation
Bones excavated so far