Billings, MT. 59101
Group & School tours by appointment only.
Minimum group tours 10 people @ $5.00 per person.
This is where the Dino Lab comes in. It is the official repository for all specimens collected by the Judith River Dinosaur Institute (JRDI). The lab is about 3500 square feet of space with state-of-the art preparation equipment. Many people toured our previous lab facility in Malta, Montana and were so impressed. Equally, many scientists and preparators wished they had a facility such as that to work in. Well…the Dino Lab in Billings has eclipse all of that!
The Dino Lab opened in May of 2011. We has begun preparing fossils recovered by JRDI teams. In addition, we are offer educational tours for the public and schools in eastern Montana and northern Wyoming. It is our mission to showcase Montana’s rich prehistoric past.
2014 Fossil Preparation Courses:
In the past, JRDI participants have enjoyed “Lab Day”, a single day where they could relax and work on the fossils they helped find. Their feedback for more lab time inspired us to offer for the first time, a 4-day fossil preparation course in the off-season at the Dino Lab facilities here in Billings MT ! To our knowledge, we haven’t seen a program like this offered anywhere!
2014 Fossil Preparation Course Dates
February 18th to 21st.
March 25th to 28th.
Note to Parents: If you have a child who wants to attend a course, we have hosted many middle and high school kids and these programs have produced over a dozen students who are now involved in paleontological careers. It is not necessary for a parent or guardian to attend. We’ve handled minors for years and have parent references upon request. However, minimum age for kids is 14. Sorry, we cannot make an exception no matter how mature the child due to insurance liability requirements.
Students will practice the following techniques:
Course Length: 32 hours (4 days from Tuesday to Friday)
Facility: Dino Laboratories in Billings, Montana (students are responsible for travel to and from and lodging)
For More Information on space availability and registration: please call 406-696-5843 or email us.