Preserving North Dakota’s Prehistory 

Partners in Paleo

Since 1983, the The North Dakota Geological Survey Paleontology Program (NDGS Paleontology) has promoted public understanding of the importance of North Dakota’s fossil resources through educational and outreach activities including the public fossil dig program, fossil exhibits, tours, and presentations.

Friends of NDGS Paleo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2020 to support NDGS Paleontology, the Public Fossil Dig Program, field and lab work, and fossil exhibits in North Dakota. 

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The fossil dig season runs from mid-June through mid-August and includes dig sites across North Dakota. 

About the Digs

Registration for the 2023 digs will open February 4th, 2023

Register for a 2023 Dig!



Dig Supporters

Want access to Early Registration for the Public Fossil Digs? 

Join our Dig Supporters and you can register for dig dates before the rush! 

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Join the Paleo Pals

For a low annual fee, your memberships help us offer as many fossil dig opportunities as possible and keep the costs affordable for everyone

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We are currently seeking sponsorships for the  Public Fossil Digs!

It is our mission to keep this once-in-a-lifetime education opportunity accessible to everyone, regardless of income level. With rising costs of supplies and transportation, we are looking to our sponsors to help keep digs affordable for all participants.

Become a Sponsor!