In 1989, a group of volunteers including local politicians, state employees, geologists and paleontologists banded together to form the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. Organized originally to stop the looting of the unique resources along Dinosaur Ridge, this group also had a vision of sharing their collective knowledge about the area with their neighbors.
Since its inception, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge has grown to host over 200,000 visitors each year. Help us continue the legacy of education and preservation by donating your time and talents. If education and interpretation interest you, a great volunteer opportunity is right around the corner!
School/Group Interpretive Tour Guide
Brings fossils and geology alive by being a volunteer interpretive tour guide at Dinosaur Ridge. Throughout the year, over 17,000 school children take fully guided tours of Dinosaur Ridge or Triceratops Trail with a trained guide. Most of these tours are given free of charge to schools who have 50% or more students receiving free and reduced lunch. The tour groups range from schools to senior centers, and have between 12-250 participants. Tour Guides lead these groups on a tour of Dinosaur Ridge and interpret the geology and paleontology located here. Guides may work alone with smaller tour groups or with up to five other Guides for large tour groups. Training provided. Great experience for interpretation and education! This opportunity is usually Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (depends on type of tour), outdoors, mainly March-October, and flexible.
Dinosaur Discovery Day Helper
From April through October, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge host monthly special events called Dinosaur Discovery Days. During DDDays, Discovery Day Specialists answer questions and give short interpretive demonstrations at different sites along the Dinosaur Ridge trail. There are also hands-on opportunities at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center where volunteers assist visitors with track painting, gold panning, fossil sifting, metal detecting, orienting visitors, parking, crowd control (as needed), and set-up and tear-down. Training is provided the day of. Great opportunity for small groups and businesses.
Exhibit Hall Docent
Assist visitors through Dinosaur Ridge’s exhibit hall, Trek Through Time. Docents will greet visitors, collect fees, and answer general questions. Give short presentations about the objects in the exhibit hall to interested visitors. Trek Through Time is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Work once a week or cover open shifts as needed. Training is provided. Ask how you can help. The afternoons are usually quiet so you can do homework while docenting, too.
Cast replica fossils for use in educational projects and for sale in the Dinosaur Ridge gift shop. The casting room is open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm. Training is provided.
We have a variety of other things that need to be done from putting together student rock kits, making sluice bags, trail maintenance and general landscaping and painting. We also have opportunities for groups, scouts and families. Let us know your availability, interest and we can find a project for you!
Something we haven’t mentioned?
Do you have a skill or are you interested in something not listed above? Let us know and we can try to develop a volunteer position that is right for you.
Contact Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-697-3466 x107 if you are interested in any of the Dinosaur Ridge Volunteer Opportunities or for more information about a specific opportunity.