Summer fossil dig schedule announced

BISMARCK The North Dakota Geological Survey’s Paleontology Department has announced the dates and locations for its 2014 summer public fossil digs.

More than five sites have been chosen across the state and each will highlight a different period in North Dakota’s geologic time.

The digs are scheduled throughout June, July and August and are open to anyone who may be up for a light adventure and to learn about prehistoric life by collecting fossils.

“What started in the year 2000 to help promote tourism in the state has really grown to an overall educational experience for people of all ages,” said John Hoganson, state paleontologist. “People from 26 states and several foreign countries have attended, but so have curious North Dakotans.”

The ever-popular Pembina Gorge site is once again on the lineup, and back for a second straight year are the Bismarck area dig sites. Cost, as well as participation limits varies depending on location. No experience is needed; however, some sites may require more physical endurance than others.

This year’s locations and dates are:

Pembina Gorge in the Walhalla area: June 23 through June 29.

Whiskey Creek in the Medora area: July 14 through July 20.

Bismarck area: July 22 through July 24.

Marmarth: July 26 through Aug. 2.

Medora, Aug. 11 through Aug. 17.

For more information about the fossil digs, visit the North Dakota Geological Survey’s website at (