Paleontology for Life-Long Learners
Paleontology doesn't just fuel the imaginations of kids. For many adults (especially people like us), dinosaurs and paleontology are gateways to other interests, hobbies, and even careers.
The Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute is dedicated to creating exciting and captivating programming for people of all ages. Whether we're delivering talks to organizations, contributing to science festivals, or teaching the public how to excavate giant dinosaurs in the field, our programs are designed to appeal to and inspire lifelong learners everywhere.
Adults of all ages - from recent college graduates to retirees - have joined our summer Field Expeditions to help us excavate and study ancient life in the Bighorn Basin of Montana and Wyoming. Working alongside our professional and student paleontologists, Expedition Crew Members explore the beautiful badlands of the region, documenting and collecting the fossilized remains of plants and animals that are tens - sometimes hundreds - of millions of years old! We'll collect fossil leaves, invertebrates, turtles, crocodiles, fish, and especially dinosaurs. You'll learn how to properly collect and excavate these fossils during the day, and learn much more in our evening lectures, including informal discussions about paleoecology, geology, fossil preparation, paleo-illustration, and much more.
Click here to learn more about our summer Field Expeditions and how you can join us on this amazing adventure!
GEo 380 - Field Paleontology
It's never too late to earn college credit for pursuing your passions. The BBPI and Rocky Mountain College have created a 2-week, 3-credit course in Field Paleontology. Learn field paleontology by doing it! Click below to learn more.
Science in the Public Eye
Our professional and student paleontologists are engaged in a wide variety of fascinating, cutting-edge research projects around the globe. We love sharing our research with amateur groups’ monthly meetings, academic department lectures, science festivals and school groups.
Contact us today to schedule a casual talk or formal lecture with your group from one of our paleontologists.
Recent Talks by BBPI STaff
New Advances and Adventures in Dinosaur Paleontology in the northern Bighorn Basin
New York Paleontological Society (New York City), January 2018; Jason P. Schein
Paleontological Treasures of the Bighorn Basin
Philadelphia Mineralogical Society, October 2017; Jason Schein
Dinosaur Hunting with the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute
Delaware Valley Earth Science Society (Philadelphia), March 2017; Jason P. Schein
New Developments In Paleontology In and Around the Bighorn Basin
Delaware Valley Paleontological Society, February 2017; Jason P. Schein
Hello, My name is Jason and I’m a Paleontologist
Science on Tap (Philadelphia), December 2016; Jason Schein & Jason Poole
Brighter than a billion suns: Imaging Life on Earth
TedX Charelston, October 2016; Dr. Phil Manning
Paleontology in the Bighorn Basin: Then & Now
YBRA Industry Day, August 2016; Jason P. Schein
Utilizing new techniques to look at old bones
Delaware Valley Paleo Society, June 2016; Jennifer Anné
How to Mount a Dinosaur . . . In a Synchotron
Science on Tap (Philadelphia), May 2016; Dr. Jennifer Annė
Johnsonops Hill & Other Surprises
New Techniques on Old Bones
Paleopalooza: Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University; March 2016; Dr. Phil Manning
Updates from the Field
Delaware Valley Paleo Society, September 2016; Jason C. Poole