The Paleontology Certification Program
There are 107 trained volunteers working at the Snowmastodon
Project dig site this summer. So, how did they get the skills
necessary to dig up Ice Age fossils? The Denver Museum of Nature
& Science offers an internationally recognized program called
the Paleontology Certification
Program, which gives amateur scientists an opportunity to
professionalize their skills. The program educates students in the
principles of paleontology and geology, including the origin and
evolution of life, classification of fossils, and formation of
rocks, as well as in the ethics and methods of paleontological lab
work, fieldwork, and research.
Depending on your specialization, you may work in the Museum's
state-of-the-art earth sciences lab or in the field, where teams of
staff and volunteers collaborate to conduct cutting-edge research
on dinosaurs and other prehistoric life. Many program graduates
have undertaken their own primary research and have published their
results in scientific journals.
For more information on how to enroll, contact the Museum's Adult
Programs Office at 303.370.6303 or PaleoCert@dmns.org.
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