Paleontology Summer Program

CNCC Summer Paleontology

 Scholarship Opportunities available through Society of Vertebrate Paleontology  

Welcome to CNCC’s Summer 2024 Paleontology program! Come join us in the field as we uncover a bonebed of dinosaurs from the Jurassic period or in the lab to prepare fossils for exhibition! We are dedicated to your educational experience and have trained staff and instructors to help you wherever your interests will take you.

Immersive Field Paleontology: Experience the thrill of unearthing dinosaurs in the remote spaces of northwest Colorado. This 16-day journey will place you directly in the quarry to uncover dinosaurs and will guide you through the data collection process. You will also learn basic backpacking and cooking skills critical to camping in the field. This experience represents a rugged outdoor experience and is available for 5-credit bearing credits through CNCC. Click HERE  for more detailed information.

Session 1: Saturday, July 6th 2024 – Saturday, July 20th 2024       

Session 2: Monday, July 22nd 2024 – Monday, August 5th 2024  

Base fee TBA with optional 5 college credits available through CNCC tuition add-on

(additional tuition is variable based on financial aid and residency factors)


Immersive Paleontology Lab Techniques: This experience is the behind-the-scenes work that takes fossils from the field and turns them into the specimens we see in museums. This 12-day experience housed in Craig, Colorado will walk you through the basics of lab preparation techniques, including everything from data collection to scientific illustration. At the end of the experience, you will have the opportunity to design an exhibit for Colorado Northwestern Field Museum’s dinosaur hall. Housing is provided through partnering hotels. This experience is available for 3-college credits through CNCC. 

               Session 1: Tuesday, July 9th 2024 – Saturday, July 20th, 2024

               Session 2: Thursday, July 25th 2024 – Monday, August 5th, 2024

Base fee TBA with optional 3 college credits available through CNCC tuition add-on

(additional tuition is variable based on financial aid and residency factors)



Do you want the whole paleo experience? Click HERE for how you can earn 8 college credits by taking both experiences!

Paleontology Contact Information

Craig Rangely


Email:  Garrett Scofield
Phone: (970) 824-1118

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.