Family Paleontology Camp

Family Paleontology Camp 2024

July 9-11

9:00 am to 4:00 pm (time for exploring the area afterwards)
For Budding Paleontologists Ages 12 to 16*
Limited to 10 children accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian

Cost is $250 per child / adult pair

Designed for budding paleontologists ages 12 – 16, this camp focuses on how to become a paleontologist through activities and field work.
Call 812-283-4999 to reserve your space. This camp fills up every year!

Past participants have included families from Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Michigan, and the Comoros Islands!

Participants will experience the life of a paleontologist – everything from field collecting and cleaning fossils to studying and photographing fossils to writing in a field notebook throughout the camp. During field collecting, participants will be able to keep what they find.


Because of the depth of this camp, participants must meet these criteria:

1) Children are between 12 – 16 years old as of July 1.
2) Parent, grandparent, or legal guardian will agree to actively participate with the child for the duration of the camp.
3) Child must have an interest in fossils for at least 2 years prior to this camp.
4) Prefer that child has a career goal in paleontology and/or has their own fossil collection.

Priority will be given to first-time participants. Limit to 10 child / adult pairs. As you might gather, this “career camp” is not geared for those without a serious interest in fossils! Children will be accepted only with actively engaged adults.


“I participated in the Family Paleontology Camp in 2013 and it really left a strong impression on me. Today, I now work various jobs in paleontology in California and will be starting grad school soon to continue with it. Thank you for continuing to provide these opportunities that inspire people to learn about and engage with the field of paleontology.”

Ariel Tonesi, 2024



How To Register

Sponsored by The Falls of the Ohio Foundation, to register, e-mail candace.hilderbrand@fallsoftheohio.org or call (812) 283-4999