The Division of Vertebrate Paleontology has at least one and more often two fossil collecting sessions per year that use volunteers.

This will generally be during the drier and cooler times of the year, either spring or fall or both. Age limits and physical requirements will vary depending on the conditions at the particular fossil site we are working.

Follow the Montbrook Fossil Dig Blog to join in on the fun! (Photo galleries, videos, updates, featured fossils, etc.)

Fall 2023 Digging Information

We appreciate your interest in volunteering with us! 

The Fall 2023 digging schedule has not yet been determined, but we will likely begin around the end of October or early November and dig until mid-December. We usually dig on Saturdays and/or Sundays, plus one weekday to accommodate as many volunteers’ personal schedules as possible. The Spring season could pick up as early as mid-January and may continue into late April.

Volunteer Application

We received so much interest in volunteering from the community that we were not able to accommodate everyone who submitted an application during the Spring 2023 season. These applicants will be given priority for scheduling, but please feel free to submit your application to the pool. The filled-out volunteer application can be submitted to