DIG Field School January/February 2016 Newsletter – Issue 17
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Greetings DIG Friends! 

We're getting excited for the 2016 DIG Field School, which will take place July 28th-August 1st at the Hell Creek State Park in Jordan, Montana. The 2016 DIG application is now live, so be sure to apply soon! See below for more details on this year’s field school, and visit for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions.
Are you a Puget Sound teacher, parent, or dino enthusiast? The Burke Museum is hosting Dino Day on Saturday, March 12th from 10am to 4pm. This event is fun for adults and kids alike! Additionally, if you're looking to learn more about how paleontologists answer questions about past continents and animals they’ve never seen, join us the night before for an engaging talk by Dr. Scott Sampson - better known as "Dr. Scott the Paleontologist," host of the hit PBS KIDS series, Dinosaur Train (Friday, March 11th at 7pm in Kane Hall, Room 130). Pre-registration for this free event is encouraged.

DIG Director Dr. Greg Wilson and DIG Instructor Dr. Dave DeMar recently returned from some exciting fieldwork in Ethiopia and India! Greg, Dave, and their colleagues spent approximately five weeks searching for fossils, and found a bunch of cool specimens. See below for more details!

Among the many benefits of attending the DIG is continued involvement in scientific research after the field school ends. Join us at one of the next sorting parties to find some fossils and directly contribute to our ongoing research! See below for upcoming sorting party dates!


Greg, Brody, and The DIG Team

P.S. DIG teachers interested in the DIG Box before school is out should email to schedule your session!
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Join Us for the 2016 DIG Field School!

We are excited to announce the 7th Annual DIG Field School dates and the opening of the application! The DIG will take place July 28th-August 1st at the Hell Creek State Park in Jordan, Montana. New and returning participants are encouraged to apply for the experience of a lifetime. At the DIG you can expect to: 

  • Learn field geology and paleontology techniques and collect valuable scientific data for research on the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction event
  • Excavate dinosaurs and vertebrate microfossils with UW and Burke Museum paleontologists 
  • Build your knowledge and bring renewed enthusiasm for Earth Sciences into your classroom
  • Get dirty, laugh a lot, and have an amazing four days in the field with fellow teachers and DIG staff

The DIG Field School is free and open to all K-12 STEM educators, and educator continuing education credits are available. Click here to apply, and please forward this message to anyone interested the in program! More information can be found on our website. The deadline for the application is March 31st, so be sure to apply before then. Have more questions? Email us at

DIG 2015 participants use a geopick to bulk sample for microfossils (left). DIG 2015 participants excavating a Triceratops specimen (right).

Dr. Greg Wilson discusses the significance of the Hell Creek field school area in determining the causes of dinosaur extinction at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary (left). DIG 2015 participants discussing classroom activity ideas (right).

2016 Dino Day

Join us on Friday, March 11th at 7pm for an engaging talk by "Dr. Scott the Paleontologist," host of the PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train, and come see some dinosaurs for yourself the next day (March 12th) at Dino Day! Dino Day gives kids, families, and dinosaur enthusiasts alike the chance to see an awesome array of dinosaur specimens and speak with Burke Museum paleontologists. Even more, we'll have a Triceratops specimen collected by 2015 DIG teachers on display! See below for more details.

Research and Fieldwork Update

DIG Director Dr. Greg Wilson and DIG Instructor Dr. Dave DeMar recently returned from conducting some exciting fieldwork in Ethiopia and India! Greg and Dave, along with other researchers from the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the University of Michigan, were on the hunt for vertebrate microfossils from the Late Jurassic beds of Ethiopia (approximately 150 million years old) and the Late Cretaceous beds of India (approximately 67-65 million years old). See below for pictures!

Drs. Greg Wilson and Dave DeMar surface collecting vertebrate microfossils in India (top). Dr. Dave DeMar with members of a local village in Ethiopia (middle left). Late Cretaceous fish scales from India (middle right). Greg and Dave scanning for more fossils in India (bottom left). Greg giving a talk on the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction event at Nagpur University (bottom right).

Fossil Sorting Parties

Come join us at the next sorting party! These are great opportunities to get your hand on some fossils, connect with other members of the program, share classroom activity ideas, and more! Please feel free to email us if you have any questions. Here's the schedule for the remainder of the school year:

March 13th                   May 15th
April 3rd                       June 5th
April 17th

DIG 2014 and 2015 participants at one of the sorting parties this year.
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