About Paleo Expedition

What is Paleo Expedition?

Paleo Expedition is a unique paleontology field experience for Oklahoma high school students currently enrolled in grades 9, 10 and 11. Space is limited and the application process is competitive.

12 selected students will begin their 15-day residential adventure with scientists from Sam Noble Museum. The first week of the program will include learning paleontology basics at the museum and travel to Oklahoma geological and paleontological field sites. The second week will include travel to an amazing paleontological find in the Black Mesa region of Oklahoma, where students will implement the skills they have learned. Students will explore the present and past ecosystems with paleontologists, while learning basics such as mapping, GPS navigation and camping survival. 

Paleontological work will include discovery and identification of many types of fossils. Students will spend most of their time outdoors sleeping in tents and cabins where they will be supervised by highly experienced staff. Students will hike through uneven terrain in summer heat nearly every day. Working alongside scientists from the University of Oklahoma, students will have the unique opportunity to experience hands-on participation in field-based science, where the laboratory is the great outdoors.

Join the Paleo Expedition team on this unforgettable adventure in science and create lasting friendships and memories!

Selection: Students are selected to create an ExplorOlogy® team that is varied and creative. Selection criteria include:

  • Interest and enthusiasm in science and paleontology
  • Written short answer responses
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Location of school and home
  • Interview at the Sam Noble Museum

Questions? Please contact us at explorology.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu

Past Paleo Expeditions: 2016, 2015, 2014.

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