Paleontology for Teens


Photo Credit: J. Schein

For most of us, the first opportunity we have to truly pursue and develop our passions comes when we are teenagers.  This is certainly true for those of us who are fascinated by all-things dinosaurs and paleontology.

The Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute is committed to doing everything we can to contribute to developing and maintaining that enthusiasm.  More importantly, we have the experience, knowledge, programming, and passion to not only engage those interests, but also to challenge you to see the broader picture, apply the lessons learned to the modern world, and consider a life and career in paleontology and/or the earth and geological sciences.  

field expeditions

Image by J. Schein

Teenagers of all ages have joined our summer Field Expeditions.  They work side-by-side with our professional paleontologists and educators to help us find, excavate, and study ancient life in the Bighorn Basin of Montana and Wyoming.  They also work alongside other young people - college students, training to become paleontologists.  In the evenings, we'll gather to learn more in depth about the regional geology, paleontology, dinosaur anatomy, or even fossil preparation techniques and paleo-illustration.  All lessons are prepared by our team of experienced educators, including award-winning high school science teacher, Dr. Rick Schmidt.

Click here to learn more about our summer Field Expeditions and how you can join us on this amazing adventure!

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (desla)

The BBPI is proud to have teamed up with Drexel University's Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science and the Academy of Natural Science to create the Geo DESLA program.  High school students will spend a week in the Bighorn Basin and Yellowstone National Park studying volcanology, geomorphology, and hydrology.  They'll also spend three days with the BBPI studying paleontology in the Bighorn Basin.  Visit the DESLA website or click HERE for the flier.  

Science in the Public Eye

Many of our public programs are designed with teenagers and young adults in mind.  Keep an eye on our public events calendar and social media accounts for news and updates about our public engagements.