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Photo: Dennis Wise/University of Washington
Photo: Dennis Wise/University of Washington

2023 DIG Field School Programs

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2023 DIG Field School Timeline

Application period
January 31-March 10, 2023

Acceptance decisions
Late March 2023

2023 DIG Field School: Petrified Forest
June 5-June 8, 2023

2023 DIG Field School: Hell Creek
July 21-25, 2023

Photo: Dennis Wise/University of Washington
Photo: Dennis Wise/University of Washington

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! We are currently approved to offer continuing education clock hours from the Washington State Office of Public Instruction (30 hours), professional development renewal units from the Montana State Office of Public Instruction (40 units), and the University of Washington Continuum College. We are also happy to work with teachers from other states on getting approval for appropriate continuing education credits. Teachers are not required to apply for credits; teachers are responsible for any fees associated with their credits. 

There is a $100 course fee to participate in DIG Field School Hell Creek.

DIG Field School Petrified Forest (PEFO) accepted applicants will be awarded a $500 stipend.

The course fee covers partial administrative costs for the program. Food, lodging, scientific equipment and ground transportation onsite are provided. This fee does not cover personal camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, clothing, etc.) or fees associated with education credits (for example, if you want to receive credit through the University of Washington for attending, you will need to pay those fees yourself). We also currently aren’t able to pay for travel costs (e.g., plane tickets, car transportation, etc.), although we do provide transportation from the Billings International Airport to the Hell Creek Recreation Area and back. If you have any additional questions, please send us an email.

We welcome applications from K-12 teachers in the US and across the globe! As of 2017, we’ve served teachers from 31 different states and are growing every year! 

2023 applications coming soon!

The DIG Field School Hell Creek takes place in the Hell Creek Recreation Area 26 miles north of Jordan, Montana.

The DIG Field School Petrified Forest takes place at Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona and includes a day excursion to Grand Canyon National Park.

Both DIG sites are famous for their preservation of fossils of dinosaurs and other organisms dinosaurs and other organisms, and are a hub for scientific researchers around the world. During the DIG, instructors and participants eat, work, and tent camp together, providing an authentic and impactful experience. 

Absolutely! You can read about volunteer opportunities at the Burke Museum, or email us if you have any questions. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for updates on our program and current events in the scientific event. Interested in supporting the DIG? You can donate to our program here. 

Have a question?

Contact digfs@uw.edu.

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