Florida Museum of Natural History

Vertebrate Paleontology

Volunteering in the Field

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The Division of Vertebrate Paleontology has one or more fossil collecting session per year that uses volunteer assistance. This will generally be during the drier and cooler times of the year, either spring or fall. Age limits and physical requirements will vary depending on the conditions at the particular fossil site we are working.

Our dig in 2014 will be at the famous Thomas Farm Site in Gilchrist County. It will be held on March 24-31 and April 3-6, 2013. Download information and an application form here.

A summary of field volunteer effort at the Tapir Challenge, which ran from 2005 to 2008, can be found here.

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Our volunteers working at a fossil site in north-central Florida.