WACO MAMMOTH SITE

Please support our preservation mission as access to the fossil bed inside the Dig Shelter is by ticket only. Fee applies.

Parks as Classrooms

Waco Mammoth National Monument

The Big Dig

Students at excavation station

Public Free Dig

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.

About the Big Dig:

You are going to get dirty!

You need sunscreen.

You will excavate replica mammoth fossils and a few other Ice Age surprises.

You will have a blast!

Ancient Oceans Program (temporarily unavailable due to high-touch surfaces)

A student searches through a small pile of gravel for fossils using a magnifying glass.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.

And the best part:  You get to keep what you find! 

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. 

Mighty Molars Program (temporarily unavailable due to high-touch surfaces)

girl during activityOur 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.

Mobile Dig Program (temporarily unavailable due to high-touch surfaces)

mobile dig program for kidsYoung 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.

Fossil Clues 

(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.