Sternberg Museum taking enrollment applications for summer dinosaur dig

HAYS, KS -- A dinosaur in southeastern Colorado is awaiting excavation teams from Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

The teams will combine volunteers and students in two classes. All volunteer spots are filled, but the museum is taking applications for enrollment in two sections of an undergraduate class and two sections in a graduate class.

Anyone can apply, said Greg Liggett, assistant director of the museum, but educators especially are encouraged to apply so that they can learn from the experience and use that knowledge to positively impact a significant number of youths. Participants will be chosen in a competitive process and applicants who are not teachers will be evaluated on their presentation on how they can use the experience to have a positive impact on others.

The classes involve excavating a dinosaur skeleton from June 2-8 on the Forest Service's Comanche National Grassland near La Junta, CO. All non-volunteer participants must enroll in one of the two courses through Fort Hays State University's Virtual College.

Liggett said that the logistics of field classes are such that only a limited number of participants can be accommodated, which is why a competitive application process is being used to select attendees.

There are two sections in both the undergraduate and graduate classes. All sections will meet at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History on Saturday, May 4, for introductory information about the class and dig. Additionally, both sections will meet at the museum on Friday, June 28, for a final session.

Section A (classes 453 CA for undergraduate credit and 753 CA for graduate credit) will arrive in La Junta on Sunday, June 2. This section will dig in the field till the afternoon of Wednesday, June 5, and are finished till the meeting on June 28.

Section B (classes 453 CB and 753 CB) will arrive in La Junta on Wednesday, June 5, and will stay in the field till the afternoon of June 8 and are finished till the meeting on June 28.

More information, such as equipment, travel arrangements, housing and food is on the Web at

The application form is also available from that page. Applications will be taken until April 15.

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