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Spend a week in western South Dakota excavating prehistoric fossils, as well as studying present-day ecology. A Dino Dig trip for eighth- to 11th-graders is scheduled for July 9-14. The fee is $575.

Participants can hike in the Badlands and Black Hills, swim in Lake Sylvan, tour Custer State Park’s wildlife loop at dusk, visit a mammoth site and the Black Hills Institute, home of the T-rex, Stan, plus many more fossils before spending time with the institute staff at the Jurassic Age quarry site near Devil’s Tower.

A $100 refundable deposit holds a space until May 9, at which time full payment is due. Contact Quarry Hill Nature Center for details.

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