Digging dinosaurs

Q and A

Q&a

April 09, 2006|By MICHAEL MARTINEZ | MICHAEL MARTINEZ,SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

I've heard that Montana has a lot of dinosaur excavation sites. Is there anything geared for kids that would get them up close?

We found two that your kids might enjoy. First, check out the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum (www.tmdinosaur.org), which is tailored to families and school groups. It offers programs from three hours to 10 days; programs that last one day or longer include digs in the center's research quarries, and there's a chance your kids could dig up some fossils. A 14-year-old girl found a furcula, or dinosaur wish bone, while on a dig there. The cost is $110 per person for the one-day digs; three-hour programs start at $35 for kids 12 and younger.

Also, the Dinosaur Field Station in Malta (montanadinosaurdigs.com) has four five-day programs starting July 17. The minimum age to take part is 14. Cost is $895 per person.

You also might want to check out the Montana Dinosaur Trail (mtdino trail.org), a site set up by the state's dinosaur centers detailing exhibits and programs for travelers.

Are there travel agencies that specialize in hotels and vacation packages for the disabled?

The Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (sath.org) is a good resource for finding travel agents and tour operators who can assist travelers, regardless of their disability. Click on "Resources" from the site's home page, then, on the right side of the page, pick out the type of travel agent needed, whether it's those who work with travelers of all disabilities; or those who specialize in, say, tourism for the deaf/hearing-impaired, the blind/sight-impaired, or those on oxygen or kidney dialysis.

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