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Family Paleontology Camp

Family Paleontology Camp group photo on outcrop looking for Ordovician fossils

Now accepting for 2018.

July 10 - 12, 2018

Age: 12 to 16

10 children, accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian

Cost is $225 per child / adult pair

Participants will experience the life of a paleontologist - everything from field collecting and cleaning fossils to studying and photography to writing in a field note book throughout the camp. During field collecting, participants will be able to keep what they find.

Because of the depth of this camp, participants must meet these criteria:

1) Children are between 12 - 16 years old as of July 1.

2) Parent, grandparent or legal guardian will agree to actively participate with the child for the duration of the camp.

3) Child must have a interest in fossils for at least 2 years prior to this camp.

4) Prefer that child has a career goal in paleontology and/or has their own fossil collection.

Priority will be given to first-time participants. Limit to 10 child / adult pairs. As you might gather, this "career camp" is not geared for those without a serious interest in fossils!

Click here for a look at the three-day itinerary.

Children will be accepted only with actively engaged adults.

Camp runs 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to allow families time to visit local attractions in the evening. Lodging is available nearby or camping at Charlestown State Park.

Register by contacting

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(812) 283-4999


Children look for Ordovician corals at a road cut.    Creating a Devonian food web

Family Paleontology Campers collect Upper Ordovician             Creating a Devonian food web

colonial corals on an outcrop. Corals look like lumps                  and learning about who ate who

sticking out at the upper part of the rock exposure.                      390 million years ago.

Looking for Waldron Shale fossils      Recording data in a field notebook

Looking for Waldron Shale fossils near            Recording data in a field notebook, part

Sellersburg Stone Quarry, courtesy IMI, Inc.    of the paleontology camp experience.


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Updated July 23, 2017