The 2024 Public Fossil Digs are currently full! 


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

General Registration for the 2024 is FULL!

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Didn’t get the date you wanted? Is your favorite dig site full? 

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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!