Choteau, MT
Jul 12-Jul 16, 2015
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $877.00
Instructor(s): Dan Lawver

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Course Description

The goal and purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth course for grade 7-12 teachers in geology and paleontology that builds on previous experience and field techniques acquired from GEOL 521 Dinosaur Paleontology of the Hell Creek Formation. In addition to providing basic information on geology and paleontology, this field course includes information on how paleontologists use rocks, fossils and extant animals and modern environments to formulate interpretations about the past. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify sedimentary rocks in which fossils are found, use sedimentary structures for interpretation of depositional environments, and have a better understanding of Montana's geologic past.

Two transportation options are available:
  1. Vans will leave from the south entrance of the Strand Union Building on the MSU campus at 8:00 am Monday morning and drive to Museum of the Rockies field station, west of Choteau, MT. Approximate driving time is three hours.
  2. Participants may drive their own vehicles and meet Monday at noon at the field station.
Lunch will be provided in camp.

Facilities: Students will be camping with the regular paleontology field crew under rustic conditions. Please provide your own tent, sleeping bag, thermorest, or these may be rented through MSU Outdoor Recreation Center. Cooking equipment and dishes are provided, and a travel trailer is used for meal preparation. Special dietary requirements should be noted on the registration form. Students should have appropriate hiking boots and be prepared for rain and cool weather. Additional required items include backpack, field notebook, pencils, and water containers (3-4 liters total capacity).

Physical fitness requirements: The course requires moderate outdoor physical activity. Students are expected to walk a couple of miles at a reasonable pace in order to keep with the group, often in relatively steep terrain without established hiking trails. Temperatures are typically in the 90 degree range. Please contact the instructor before signing up for this class if you have concerns about the required physical fitness level and your ability to meet these requirements.

Meeting Place and Times

Class: SMTWR Depart Sunday 8:00 am for Field Camp at Egg Mountain, Choteau, MT
Location: Meet van at MSU Strand Union Building, South Entrance


Dan Lawver, Ph.D. Candidate. Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University


GEOL 521: Dinosaur Paleontology of Hell Creek Formation: Dinosaur Paleontology I, or consent of instructor; graduate standing.

Target Audience

7 - 12 grade science teachers

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $337.00
 Computer Fee$7.00
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Materials will be provided by the instructor.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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