Paleo Expedition

Applications for Paleo Expedition 2016 are now open!
Application deadline is March 25, 2016.


WHO: Oklahoma resident students currently enrolled in grades 9, 10 or 11.
WHAT: An adventure in paleontology! Students and scientists work together to discover fossils and experience the real science behind paleontology.
WHEN: June 5 to June 19, 2016
WHERE: Travel to paleontology field sites across the state. The adventure will begin and end at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, OK.

COST: There is no cost to participants. ExplorOlogy® is sponsored in part by the Sam Noble Museum and Oklahoma's oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners, through the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB).

What is Paleo Expedition?

Paleo Expedition 2016

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.

Apply Today!

A completed application will include student, parent/guardian and teacher sections. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed. Application deadline is March 25, 2016 (post marked).

You may print the complete Paleo Expedition Application 2016 here, and send completed applications to:

Mail - ExplorOlogy, Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK 73072

Email -

Fax - (405)325-4436

You may also apply online:

Application deadline is March 25, 2016 (post marked). Once your completed application has been received, you will be sent information regarding your application status at the email address listed on the "Student Section".

16 finalists will be selected for an interview at the Sam Noble Museum on April 16, 2016. The applicants must be accompanied by at least one guardian or adult family member on the day of the interview.

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