2019 Wild Wanderers - 3rd Annual Fossil Fish Dig

05/24/2019 07:00 AM - 05/26/2019 10:00 PM MT


3rd Annual Fossil Fish Dig - May 24-26, 2019

Chisel meet rock. Rock meet chisel. Give us fish fossils and no one gets hurt! Join fishmonger Blake Sullivan as we dive in to the Eocene lakes of Southwestern Wyoming in the world-renowned Green River Formation. The Time Machine leaves the Ridge at 7:00am on Friday and journeys through 52 million years to bring you face to face with adorable aquatic fauna waiting to be discovered by you!

After leaving on Friday morning, we will stop for lunch before arriving at Fossil Butte National Monument. Arriving at 4:00pm we will be greeted by Head Curator Arvid Aase and given an after-hours presentation from the Master of fossil fish himself! We will then check in to the Best Western Fossil Country Inn where we will unpack our bags and then anyone who would like to join can hop on the bus and head to the local favourite Caribou Cafe for dinner.

On Saturday morning we will gather inside the Best Western Conference room around 7:45am to meet with Adam Lindgren and Dain Hanson, our quarry owners. We will cover our boring liability sheets before scampering off to uncover treasures from the past on a PRIVATE, invitation only quarry. Lunch will be provided for you to take a short break from the hard work of the day and water and chips will be available as well. We will dig for approximately 4 hours and you get to keep just about everything you will find! Rare species must stay with the quarry, but don't let that deter you, they are a huge rush to find, but there is a reason they are considered rare!

The Saturday dig will conclude and give us time to head back to the hotel and shower before getting a special talk from Adam Lindgren, Dain Hanson, and Blake Sullivan. With a combined 31 years of digging and preparing experience, the trio will be showing you some of our amazing finds and telling personal stories you won't want to miss! After our talk, the bus will once again be piled high as we head to dinner, discussing our finds and getting to know each other a bit better.

Sunday morning we will need to be packed and ready to go before heading up to the quarry. We will leave the hotel at around 8:30am and dig from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Lunch will once again be provided, and this is your last day to try and impress us all with that once-in-a-lifetime amazing find! We will depart from the quarry about 2:00 pm and arrive back at Dinosaur Ridge about 10:00 pm. Your hands full of the amazing specimens you collected!

Price based on double occupancy at hotel.  Limited number of single occupancy rooms available for an additional fee.

Helpful Materials:                                                         

  • Camera                                                                               
  • Notebook / Pen                                                                                               
  • Sturdy, closed toe shoes/boots (required)
  • Sun Protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Money for 1 lunch and 2 dinners on your own
  • Sun Protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Safety Glasses / Gloves
  • Packing materials for your finds (boxes will be provided, but bubble wrap or cardboard sheets suggested)
  • Long pants / sleeve shirts (suitable for field work)



  • 18+ - Must complete waivers
  • 16 to 17 - Must complete waivers and have a guardian signature
  • 15 and under - Must be accompanied by a guardian