Paleontology Field School

The Adult Paleontology Field School is a fall program being hosted by the Cranbrook History Centre, made possible by the funding from the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines and Canada Summer Jobs.

The Field School is an opportunity for amateur paleontologists ages 15 and up to gain an in-depth look at paleontology fieldwork. Through a reception, two field days and a tour of a paleontology lab, attendees will see for themselves what it takes to be an amateur paleontologist. They will be guided by local paleontologists Guy Santucci and Chris New with special guest Dr. Howard Allen.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Provincial Health Orders all participants will be required to show proof of at least one vaccination in order to take part in this program.

All necessary COVID-19 protocols will be followed in accordance to the B.C. Ministry of health guidelines. To help with social distancing, spaces will be limited to 15 people per day. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Adult Paleontology Field School in 2018

Event Breakdown 


Reception: September 14, 2021 | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  

The reception will include a 45-minute lecture outlining safety and general procedures for the fossil excavation process.  A cash bar and desserts will be available to attendees. The reception will take place in the Royal Alexandra Hall at the Cranbrook History Centre. Fossil and geological specimens from Guy Santucci and Chris New’s collections will be on display in the hall for everyone to view.

You can register to attend the reception without attending the Field School.

Registration for any Field School date includes reception admission. All Field School attendees are recommended to attend the reception as it will cover key information about paleontology practice and legal fossil collection within British Columbia.


Field School Day One: September 18th | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

On September 18th, attendees will be visiting the KM62 site on the Bull River. The site, specifically chosen by Guy Santucci and Dr. Howard Allen, will be the perfect place for them to lead interpretation of the geological and paleontological formations found there. They will guide you through the paleontological process to find fossils of your own.  Lunch is included in the price and, it consists of a sandwich, a square, and a drink from local business Auntie Barb’s Bakery.  All tools and safety equipment will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are required to use their own vehicles to reach the site. Maps, directions, and GPS coordinates will be provided to all participants to ensure safe arrival to the site.  All-Wheel Drive cars with ground clearance are required to get to the sites. If you do not have this access we will organize ride sharing for those who are willing to go to the site together.


Field School Day Two: September 25th | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

On September 25th the group will be going to Site 15, also located on the Bull River. A little further to reach, this site provides additional interpretive opportunities to learn about what this area looked like 350 millions years ago. Guy Santucci and Dr. Howard Allen will continue to provide guidance for all participants to find and uncover their very own fossils to take home. Lunch is included in the price and, it consists of a sandwich, a square, and a drink from local business Auntie Barb’s Bakery. All tools and safety equipment will be provided, as well as GPS coordinates to ensure safe arrival. Just like Day One, participants will have to provide their own vehicle. 


Visit to Chris New’s Personal Paleontology Lab: September 28th | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

The Adult Paleontology Field School will finish with a visit to Chris New’s personal Fossil Preparation Laboratory. During the visit, Chris will provide you with a personal tour of his lab and discuss the different tools and techniques used to prepare his outstanding specimens.

Because of the lab size, participants will register for a 30-minute time slot. A museum staff member will be present throughout all of the lab visits to ensure that safety and public health protocols are being followed. 

PLEASE NOTE: This part of the program is included in the purchase of tickets for Field School Days One and Two. You may not join the Lab without signing up for the Field School program. You will have a chance to choose your lab time when you are filling out your lunch form for the Field School dates.

Pricing

Reception on September 14th
  Includes…
* Catered dessert and Cash Bar
* Lecture attendance
* Access to private paleontology collections : Guy Santucci, Chris New, and not-on-display fossils at the History Centre
$15.00 
Reception and Field School September 18th  
Includes…
* Admission to catered reception and introduction lecture on Sep 14th
* Catered lunch by Auntie Barb’s Bakery
* Live site interpretation by Guy Santucci and Dr. Howard Allen
* Guidance in fossil discovery and breaking on KM62 site
* Guided tour of a personal paleontology lab on Sep 28th
$175.00
Reception and Field School September 25th
Includes…
* Admission to catered reception and introduction lecture on Sep 14th
* Catered lunch by Auntie Barb’s Bakery
* Live site interpretation by Guy Santucci and Dr. Howard Allen
* Guidance in fossil discovery and breaking on Site 15
* Guided tour of a personal paleontology lab on Sep 28th
$175.00 
Reception and Field School September 18th and 25th 
Includes…
* Admission to catered reception and introduction lecture on Sep 14th
* Two catered lunches by Auntie Barb’s Bakery
* Live site interpretations by Guy Santucci and Dr. Howard Allen
* Guidance in fossil discovery and breaking on Site 15 and KM62
* Guided tour of a personal paleontology lab on Sep 28th
$225.00 
Visit to Chris’ lab on September 28th  FREE with purchase of Field School

* Prices do not include tax 

** Members will be sent a discount code via email

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