TGP '24 Field Programs

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

GREENHORN 

The Greenhorn, formerly known as the "Enhanced" program, provides a harmonious blend of museum-based lectures and workshops with hands-on fieldwork. Its purpose is to impart essential knowledge and familiarize participants with fieldwork tasks, helping them uncover their unique area of interest for future expeditions like the Exploration and Excavation programs. Lectures will cover topics ranging from site-specific information, techniques, useful background knowledge, and the paleontology of the Lance Formation. Newfound knowledge will be applied directly to fieldwork, where you will garner a deeper understanding of field paleontology. This is a field-based program, consequently, museum-based activities like the work in collections or the labs are not a part of this experience. 

If a well-rounded experience is what you're after, the Greenhorn program might just be the perfect fit. Particularly if you're a newcomer to the Triceratops Gulch Project or haven't partaken since 2022, this expedition is tailored for you. Also, those contemplating a future in paleontology will find this program invaluable.

EXPLORATION

Our Exploration program, formerly known as the Prospecting program, aims to reflect the heart of our activities, which involve prospecting for new fossil sites and initial test excavation at those potential quarries. Our work doesn't stop there, it extends to monitoring existing sites and saving fossils at locations where we've ceased active excavation. 

Be prepared though, this program demands physical strength due to long-distance hiking and navigating challenging terrains, which could be tough for those sensitive to heat. It's intentionally structured for our participants with us since 2022, to provide them with the right platform for success. However, just to clarify, formal excavation at established quarries and field jacketing are not part of this program. This is a field-based program, consequently, museum-based activities like the work in collections or the labs are not a part of the experience.

If you're new to the Triceratops Gulch Project, we strongly suggest you start with the Greenhorn Program.

EXCAVATION 

Our Excavation program is an opportunity for those who have worked alongside us since 2022, laying the groundwork for their success. It concentrates on progressive test digs at potential sites and long-term excavations at established quarries, offering the possibility of field jacketing. Unfortunately, it doesn't cover initial exploration of prospecting or test trenching phases of the fieldwork process. This is a field-based program, consequently, museum-based activities like the work in collections or the labs are not a part of the experience.

If you're new to the Triceratops Gulch Project, we recommend starting with the Greenhorn before moving on to this program. Keep in mind, the schedule can fluctuate based on excavation priorities, team interactions, and weather events. Evening activities are entirely up to you.