Serious Science. Seriously Cool Dinosaurs.
Paleontology Trek connects students with a professional Paleontologist and his colleagues in some of New Mexico’s most exciting dig sites. Trekkers will travel to multiple active excavation sites to unearth dinosaur bones and prospect for future discoveries. Trekkers will work alongside researchers on an active dig and will learn techniques for processing artifacts for local museum displays. There will also be an opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of Albuquerque’s Natural History Museum and the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. This trek is a perfect fit for a student interested in paleontology–there’s no need to know the difference between an Ornithischia and a Saurischian; only a need to be willing and eager.
While the majority of this program is focused on paleontology, students will get a chance to visit the Cottonwood Gulch Basecamp and will have the opportunity to learn new skills like metalsmithing, animal tracking, plant identification, mountain biking, farming, cooking, music, and rock climbing. The exact specialties of our staff vary from year to year, but we always have an incredibly talented and knowledgeable team that is excited to introduce trekkers to new skills as well as offer deeper exploration for those already familiar with a topic.
Dates: June 19-July 5
Minimum Group Size: 6* (In multiple small groups to abide by NMDOH group size restrictions if needed)
Maximum Group Size: 14* (In multiple small groups to abide by NMDOH group size restrictions if needed)
Elevation Range: 5,000 to 11,000 feet
Average Pack Weight: daypacks typically weigh around 15 lbs.
Course Starts and Ends: Albuquerque, NM
Full Cost: $3,550, scholarships available, college credit included