Contact The NJ State Museum
Mailing Address:
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)
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Paleontology Field School

Learn field paleontology by experiencing it! Join the New Jersey State Museum’s paleontologists in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Montana and Wyoming. Experience the natural history of one of the most beautiful regions in the world while searching for fossil-rich rocks and artifacts.

We’ll collect Cretaceous aquatic and terrestrial animals (including dinosaurs!), Devonian fishes, and rare Paleogene mammals in the Bighorn Basin.

Dinosaur Hunting in the Rocky Mountains

Teachers: Complete your yearly continuing education credits by participating.

Students: Receive undergraduate or graduate credit from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

General Public: Anyone can participate in this experience. Do more on your next vacation –
be a dinosaur hunter!

The expedition is a serious museum project and is more than just a field trip. Your efforts will aid the NJSM’s decades-long paleontology research efforts in the region.

The field course is led by David Parris, Curator of Natural History, and Jason Schein, Assistant Curator of Natural History, at the NJ State Museum.


  • July 13 – 19, 2014
  • July 20 – 26, 2014
  • July 27 – August 2, 2014
  • The expeditions are held every year, so if you are interested please contact us for next year’s dates.


  • Must be at least 14 yrs old (14 – 17 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Good physical condition
  • Proof of health insurance


  • $1,150 Friends Members
  • $1,250 Non-Friends Members
  • $1,350 Undergraduate Students
  • $1,450 Graduate Students

All fees are per week - Students seeking credit are required to attend for 2 weeks.

10% deposit due upon registration
Balance due June 15, 2014
Students seeking credit must be registered by May 19, 2014.

Fees include registration, tuition, lodging & meals, collecting tools & equipment, transportation to and from the Billings airport and base camp and to/from all field sites, and all instruction and educational materials.

NOTE: Fees do not include transportation to/from your home to Billings, MT.

2014 Paleontolgy Field School Information & Registration Packet

For more information, please contact:

David Parris
609) 984-3846

Jason P. Schein
(609) 292-7660