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Application to Join a Judith River Dinosaur Institute Program 2021

The Judith River Dinosaur Institute attracts a wide range of people who are interested in the real world of dinosaurs and being out in the great outdoors of Montana. Digging dinosaurs is often hard, tedious, intense, hot and dusty work. While we have a lot of fun on our programs, this is serious science experience. Please consider that this program is more for adults interested in science and not a kids summer “Dino Camp”.

Weeks one and two are planned for the Little Snowy Mountains 100 miles north of Billings, Montana.  This is a camp out dig experience.

This program can be for you even if you are not experienced, as long as you bring a willing attitude and will listen to staff as they train you in the proper excavation techniques. With many years of experience in paleontology, we guarantee to teach you something new and have a laugh along the way.

Note that each week is limited to 20 persons so space is limited! Don’t wait too long or we will fill up and you will miss out on a great opportunity. The two weeks for next year will involve excavations of exciting new sauropod and stegosaurus finds – a truly rare and unique experience!

To join us for a program please read all the information, complete and sign the application form below. If you plan for a child aged 13-17 to attend, then the parent must complete the application form and list each child and their age. No minors ages 13-17 can attend unaccompanied by an adult. Additionally, each child and each accompanying adult is required to pay the full attendance fee.

You can make an online reservation by completing the application and click on the “Submit” button at the bottom of the application. You will receive an auto reply email confirming your reservation. You’ll have 10 days to get us your completed, signed hardcopy of your application and 50% deposit. Once we receive your paperwork we will email you your official confirmation with rendezvous and dig details.

Mail the completed and signed application form with a check for 50% of the fee as a deposit to

The Judith River Dinosaur Institute
Box 80051, Billings, MT 59108

The Judith River Dinosaur Institute attracts a wide range of people who are interested in the real world of dinosaurs and being out in the great outdoors of Montana. Digging dinosaurs is often hard, tedious, intense, hot and dusty work. While we have a lot of fun on our programs, this is serious science. Please consider that this program is for the more seriously interested and not just the casual vacationer.

This program can be for you even if you are not experienced, as long as you bring a willing attitude and will listen to staff as they train you in the proper excavation techniques. With many years of experience in paleontology, we guarantee to teach you something new and have a laugh along the way.

To join us for a program please read all the information, complete and sign the application form below. Then mail the form with a check for 50% of the fee as deposit to:

The Judith River Dinosaur Institute
Box 80051,
Billings, MT 59108

Participants Name

Date of Birth:

Sex:


Dig Dates:

Dig Activity:

Fee Per Person:

# of Participants:

Total Cost:

2021 Dates:

July 4 – July 9


July 18 – July 23


August 1 – August 6


Week 1


Week 2


Week 3


$1,795


$1,795


$1,795









Fossil Preparation Classes Dates:

Dig Activity:

Fee Per Person:

# of Participants:

Total Cost:

2021 Dates:

March 9-12, 2021


March 16-19, 2021


March 23-26, 2021


Week 1


Week 2


Week 3


$895


$895


$895









1. The undersigned, as a participant in the program, will adhere to the highest standards of social and scientific behavior as deemed by the staff of the Judith River Dinosaur Institute. The Institute reserves the right to require withdrawal, at any time of any participant whose behavior or health jeopardizes themselves, the welfare of fellow participants, or the fulfillment of the program goals. Refunds are not issued in these cases.

2. The undersigned has read the information concerning the program and accepts any risk thereof. The undersigned also hereby agrees for the undersigned’s dependents, heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, to release and hold harmless the Judith River Dinosaur Institute, its respective officers, employees, agents, or representatives from any and all damage resulting from participation in the program.

3. I the undersigned indemnify and hold harmless The Judith River Dinosaur Institute, its officers, employees, agents, and representatives from any loss, liability, damage or costs that may be incurred due to the acts or omissions of any participant in the program.

4. The undersigned further states and affirms that they are aware of the fact that the program and travel, even under the best of conditions possible, may be hazardous; that he/she assumes the risk of any and all loss of, or damage to, property and/or bodily injury, including death, however caused, resulting from, arising out of, or in any way connected to the program; that he/she is of legal age and is competent to sign this Responsibility Statement (for 12-18 year old, this must be signed by the responsible adult who is accompanying them); and that they have read and understand all of the provisions herein contained.

5. All minors need to supply a medical release form including current insurance information signed by a parent or guardian.

I VERIFY THAT I HAVE READ THIS STATEMENT: Initial here _________________

6. The undersigned releases to the Judith River Dinosaur Institute, all rights to use their likeness promotionally if photographed or videotaped during participation in the program.

7. The undersigned will not duplicate, or allow to be duplicated, any images, handouts, materials, videotape, etc., or use for commercial purposes, any images collected as a participant of the program without the express written permission of The Judith River Dinosaur Institute.

By signing here or having your name listed above, it is understood that all signed or listed have read and will comply
with the rules of the Judith River Dinosaur Institute Program 2021.

Sign Here: ____________________________________________

No application will be considered without signature here, initials above and the deposit payment enclosed.

Judith River Dinosaur Institute
PO Box 80051
Billings, MT 59108
(406) 696-5842
Email: nate@jrdi.net

1. This fully completed application together with the 50% deposit does not guarantee your acceptance in a program or the date of choice. You will be called and emailed to inform you of this acceptance or what dates are available should your week already be filled. Please note that the remainder of your fee (the $1795 less the 50% deposit you pay with this form) is due in full not later than two weeks prior to your arrival — without exception.

2. Families are especially welcome and encouraged to attend. All individual applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of signing this application. Younger applicants are welcome if accompanied by a guardian of 18 years age or older. We do not normally allow participation by those 12 years and under but applications will be considered individually. Please contact the Institute about this arrangement for further details.

3. The Institute is open to anyone in the general public as well as the educational community, however JRDI reserves the right to decline any application for any reason.

4. REFUND POLICY :In the event that you are unable to participate, the deposit is refundable only if notification is received no less than 90 days prior to the applied for start date. No refund of the deposit will be payable if notification received within 90 days of the applied for start date. Refunds are not transferable to other programs. If the Institute cancels any program a full refund will be issued. If circumstances beyond the Institute’s control delay any participant the associated costs due to such delays will be their own responsibility.

5. All programs will originate from the Boothill Inn in Billings MT.

7. What is not included in your fee – Your transportation from home to Billings, accommodations and meals while in Billings.

8. The Judith River Dinosaur Institute accepts no responsibility for travel (or its arrangement) to and from Billings, MT to attend this program.

9. Personal property (baggage, etc.) of the participants is the sole responsibility of the individual participant.

10. Supplies you should bring: A high quality tent (geodesic dome are best) and other camping gear such as sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothes, broad brimmed hat, field boots, socks, towels, soap for showers, other toiletries, insect repellent, sunscreen, camera, coat for cool evenings. A more detailed list will be provided once you are registered.

If you have further questions call us at: (406) 696-5842 or email at: nate@jrdi.net