Fossil Preparation Program

Discover Our Fossil Preparation Programs

We have fossil preparation programs that are suitable for any age! Bring along the whole family and take part in our popular Family Prep Program or if you are over 18 years old and looking for a more in depth fossil preparation experience, join our Fossil Prep Program.

Family Prep Program

The family prep program allows families and children under the age of 18 to learn the basics of fossil preparation. Starting with our Australian Dinosaur Giants tour, you will learn the processes around digging and discovering fossils right through to preserving them. Afterwards, a short induction to fossil preparation and then learn to prep. 

The program commences on select days directly after our 9 am and 1 pm tours. Bookings are essential as places are limited. All Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.  This program is not exclusive to families and can be a great opportunity for and introduction in to the fossil prep program.

Family Prep Program Includes

  • 1 Hour Australian Dinosaur Giants Tour.
  • Induction for fossil preparation 
  • 1 Hour learning to prep fossils in our Palaeo Learning Laboratory with one of our trained fossil technicians.
Fossil Prep Experience at ENHM

Fossil Prep Program

Are your curious about Fossil Preparation?  Fossils are generally found partly encased in sedimentary rock. Rarely are fossils found entirely free from the rock. Because of this, fossils must be prepared to reveal their full scientific information or to make them look attractive for displays.

Fossil preparators use a range of methods to extract or expose fossils from their rock matrix. These fossils have been excavated from the Eulo and Eromanga fossil fields, some of the most highly concentrated and best-preserved Australian megafauna and dinosaur fossil fields.

The program runs from 9am through to approx. 4:30pm and is a 3 Day Minimum program. Our experienced Fossil Technicians will guide you through the stages of fossil preparation.  Trained by experts at the ENHM and Queensland Museum, our technicians have worked on the ENHM digs and in the laboratories for many years.

Fossil Prep Program Includes

  • A 1-hour guided tour of the workshop and the dinosaur and megafauna laboratories
  • A guided tour of the Collection & Holotype Room.  This includes:
    • Viewing the real bones of  the internationally significant specimen, Australia’s largest dinosaur ‘Cooper’ and ‘Kenny’ a massive Eulo Diprotodon.
    • If you are travelling through Eulo on the way to Eromanga, you’ll spot a life-sized bronze sculpture of Kenny.
  • Induction and training with a senior Museum Technician (safety gear is provided)
  • An opportunity to be able to contribute to the development of the most recent, significant dinosaur, megafauna and arid microfauna fossil collections in Australia.

Please note you will need to bring your own lunch and snacks. Lunch, tea and coffee is available for purchase at the 4th Trochanter Café
*Please be aware, this program is 3 Days Minimum, and extendable to 10 days – Contact the museum reception for more information.

Who can learn to prepare dinosaur and megafauna fossils?

First up, you need to be 18 years and over, have a good eye for detail and a steady hand. Ideally, you should enjoy working with a team, have a head for puzzles and a ‘have-a-go’ attitude.  A good dose of patience and persistence certainly goes a long way too! Bookings are essential 

Become an Honorary Megafauna Fossil Preparator

Complete a full ten days of megafauna fossil preparation and you are eligible to be assessed as an Megafauna Fossil Preparator. You will be assessed by an experienced ENHM Fossil Technician. For more information download our Fossil Prep Info document below:

Do you have a preference for dinosaurs or megafauna?

Over the ten-day period, you will have the choice to work on either dinosaur or megafauna fossil material. Every effort will be made to ensure you get your preference, however it will be subject to availability of positions left in the dinosaur and megafauna laboratory.

Family Prep Program Rates

Per Person (Per Day) Rates

Adult (16+) $85
Child (4-15) $75
Family (2A-2C Only) $300
Additional 1 Hour $50pp per hour

Fossil Prep Program Rates

Adult Per Person Rates

Initial 3 Days $275
Days 4 & 5  $85*
Days 6 & 7 $83*
Days 8, 9 & 10  $75*
10 consecutive days  $835

Ensure you read our Terms & Conditions before booking. Minimum age 18 years.
*Price for single day. 

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