Montana Dinosaurs 101

by  Museum of the Rockies

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Join us to learn all about Montana’s dinosaurs! From Tyrannosaurus rex to Triceratops, Montana is home to some of the world’s most famous dinosaur discoveries. In this program, learn where some of Museum of the Rockies’ best fossils have been discovered in the state and why Montana’s geology is perfect for discovering some of the world’s most famous dinosaurs. Bring your questions, curiosity, and get ready to examine real dinosaur fossils up-close.

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Multipoint: $160.00
Multipoint Premium: $150.00
Point to Point: $140.00
Point to Point Premium: $130.00
By Request: $140.00
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45 minutes with time for questions.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:

No minimum.

Maximum participants:

No maximum.

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode


Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, etc.)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel or change a session date, please email us ASAP: moroutreach@montana.edu.

Failure to cancel 48 hours in advance will result in being charged the full price of the program.

If a virtual field trip needs to be rescheduled due to unforeseen technical or weather events, we will try to reschedule within the following two weeks at no extra charge.

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Museum of the Rockies

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Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, a college-level division of Montana State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and a repository for state and federal fossils. MOR is recognized as a world-class cultural and natural history museum and research facility. It is renowned for displaying an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including the fully-mounted Montana's T. rex skeleton!

MOR delights members and visitors with changing exhibits from around the world, cultural and natural history exhibits, planetarium shows, educational programs and camps, insightful lectures, benefit events, and a museum store.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, MOR is one of 1,096 museums to hold this distinction from the more than 33,000 museums nationwide. The museum is also a member of The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Travel Passport Program and the Montana Dinosaur Trail.

The museum is proud to have sister-museum relationships with the Carter County Museum, Mifune Dinosaur Museum, Aso Volcano Museum, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Ashley Hall

Program Details


1. Welcome and introduction to Museum of the Rockies
2. What is paleontology?
3. When did dinosaurs live?
4. Where do we find dinosaurs?
5. MOR's paleontology field program
6. Allosaurus
7. Diplodocus
8. Deinonychus
9. Maiasaura
10. Tyrannosaurus rex
11. Triceratops
12. Extinction: What caused the K/Pg extinction?
13. Questions and conclusions


After the program, students should be able to:
1. Name three dinosaurs found in the state of Montana.
2. Explain what paleontologists study and give a few examples of fossils.
3. Give a simple explanation for where paleontologists search for dinosaur fossils.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Montana Science Standards

2nd Grade
Life Science: Make observations of plants and animals to compare and contrast the diversity of life in different habitats.

3rd Grade
Life Science: Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

4th Grade
Earth & Space Science: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

5th Grade
Earth & Space Science: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, or atmosphere interact.?

6th- 8th Grade
Earth & Space Science: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6 billon-year-old history.

Life Science: Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.??