Please support our preservation mission as access to the fossil bed inside the Dig Shelter is by ticket only. Fee applies.
Everyone digs at the Monument!
Explore our Excavation Station any time during regular hours of operation for FREE (tools not included)! Check in at the Welcome Center for rules and information.
The Big Dig can be reserved for private groups, special events, and field trips. Fee applies for reserved class with instructor and tools.
Available for reservation Monday through Friday with your pre-reserved park experience or field trip.
Cost: $5 per student (does not include tour)
Maximum of 18 - 20 students per 1 hour Big Dig Class program.
Contact our Education Coordinator at (254) 750-7946 to add the Big Dig Class to your reserved park experience.
You are going to get dirty!
You need sunscreen.
You will be led by a trained staff member or volunteer.
You will excavate replica mammoth fossils and a few other Ice Age surprises.
You will have a blast!
Reserved tour groups can add our Fossil Fun program to your tour and park experience. Participants get to sort through fossil rich gravel. You may find real fossil mammal bone, ray teeth, and lots and lots of shark teeth.
Add our Fossil Fun activity to your basic group tour for an additional $3.00 per participant. 30 min.
Call our Education Coordinator at (254) 750-7946 to add this program to your reserved park experience.
Our youngest guests are sure to love the Waco Mammoth National Monument's Mighty Molars program. Specifically designed for PreK through 2nd grade, students get to study animal teeth to identify specialized diets of Ice Age animals. Mighty Molars includes an age-appropriate craft activity that you can keep!
Add our Mighty Molars program to your basic group tour for an additional $2.50 per participant. 30 min.
Call our Education Coordinator at (254) 750-7946 to add this activity to your reserved park experience.
Young guests are sure to love the Waco Mammoth National Monument's Mobile Dig program.
Specifically designed for 1st through 4th grade, students get to "excavate" real bone, artifacts, and geology specimens buried in mini sandboxes while using accurate scientific tools and techniques.
Though children do not get to keep any objects found in our mobile dig, they may just gain a life-long love of science and the wonderful career goal of becoming a paleontologist or archaeologist!
Add our Mobile Dig activity to your basic group tour for an additional $1.00 per participant. 30 min.
Call our Education coordinator at (254) 750-7946 to add this activity to your reserved park experience.
(photo coming soon) Discover a hidden world!
Designed for 5th grade through college, students each build their own working microscope (140x) and create a slide of microscopic fossils!
Students keep their microscope kits to continue their adventures. Kits include additional slides and a notebook with three activities that students can complete at home or in class.
Add our Project Paleoscope activity to your park experience for an additional $5.00 per participant.
Participation in this program helps fund educational and public health programs in developing nations.
Call our Education coordinator at (254) 750-7946 to add this activity to your reserved park experience. 1 hour
(photo coming soon) Bring the park to your classroom.
Specially designed for 5th grade classrooms, students learn to piece together clues found in the earth. A ranger comes to your school to help students explore an exciting fossil collection in a fun and interactive 90 minute program.
Aligns with 5th grade science TEKS.
Free program; limit 25 students per ranger visit.
Available Thursdays only. Call our Education coordinator at (254) 750-7946 to reserve your ranger visit.