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Ecology and Environment

Come and explore the wonders of earth science. Watch a Tyrannosaurus rex plan his next meal—an unlucky Triceratops.

Observe as a tornado forms right before your eyes or feel the earth shake beneath your feet. Explore our earthquake exhibits.

Take a journey to the badlands of Montana and dig for dinosaur bones as you discover the world of paleontology at the Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site.

Explore all of this and more in the Ecology and Environment gallery on the Lower Level of the Science Center.

Topics in the Ecology and Environment gallery can be explored even further with gallery programs. The Science Center offers a variety of paid programs for schools, scouts and groups to book.

Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site

Explore the realistic field experience our interactive dig site has to offer.

Chip away carefully at dirt and uncover dinosaur fossils buried beneath the earth. Be a paleontologist. The Dig Site is a reconstruction of the Badlands of Montana where our fossils are excavated.

All the fossils in the Dig Site are casts from the real fossils that can be seen on display in the Prep Lab. The Prep Lab currently features interactive tables as well as several displays of real dinosaur fossils. Stop in and talk with staff and volunteers as they work on preparing real dinosaur fossils.

The Prep Lab also has several fossils that can be touched.
Note: All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please no food or drink in the Dig Site or Prep lab.