10th Annual Dino Shindig

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  • Talks & Activities
    July 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fossil Field Expedition
    July 24, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Named Montana’s Event of the Year by the Office of Tourism and Business Development, the Annual Dino Shindig takes place at the end of July. Visitors travel from all over the world to hear lectures from leading paleontologists, partake in kids activities, and dance the night away. Sign up for the field expedition to join in the second day of the event, where you can travel to one of our active fossil sites and excavate real fossils. Some discoveries even end up on display in our museum! Tickets for the 11th Annual Dino Shindig Field expedition go on sale in early January 2023. Check our social media for information or visit the museum and ask how to become a member.  

The Eleventh Annual Shindig is July 22-23, 2023!

 

Download a pdf copy of the 10th Annual Dino Shindig Schedule: 10thShindig Schedule July 23 & 10thShindig Schedule July 24

Plan Your Visit: (Click here for pdf download: Ekalaka Lodging)

Lodging Flyer for Ekalaka, MT

Dark Sky Events at Medicine Rocks State Park

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  • May 22, 2021 - August 18, 2021
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • June 20, 2021
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • July 22, 2021
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • August 18, 2021
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In December 2020, Medicine Rocks State Park was recognized as a Dark Sky Sanctuary by the  International Dark Skies Association. In 2021, the Carter County Museum, Montana State Parks and the Montana Chapter of the IDA will host a series of events celebrating the park’s extraordinary dark skies!

All programs are at Medicine Rocks State Park and begin at 7 p.m.

9th Annual Dino Shindig

Event Phone: 4067756886

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  • Virtual Shindig
    July 24, 2021 - July 25, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Field Expedition
    July 25, 2021
    8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Talks & Kids Activities
    July 24, 2021 - August 25, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Named Montana’s Event of the Year by the Office of Tourism and Business Development, the Annual Dino Shindig takes place at the end of July. Visitors travel from all over the world to hear lectures from leading paleontologists, partake in kids activities, and dance the night away. Sign up for the field expedition to join in the second day of the event, where you can travel to one of our active fossil sites and excavate real fossils. Some discoveries even end up on display in our museum!

The Ninth Annual Shindig is July 24-25, 2021!

This year, the Carter County Museum is hosting a hybrid version of the Annual Dino Shindig. 

The online portion will be similar to the 2020 Shindig. If you are a dig participant, admission to the physical and online Shindigs are included in your registration. Paleo enthusiasts of all ages can choose to attend the Dino Shindig online by signing up for the virtual Shindig. How is the Virtual Shindig different? It is designed to unite us all, wherever we are, in a day of interactive paleo fun and learning. This means more engagement with our speakers, special guided at home activities, and access to exclusive enhanced content through a private Facebook Group (available upon registration).

Last but not least, don’t forget the online auction! As we get closer to the Shindig, we will update this page with the link.

In the meantime, watch this video by Silver City Productions, LLC for highlights from the 2017 Shindig!

Video URL: https://vimeo.com/235059911

 

Plan Your Visit:

As you get ready for the Shindig, here’s a handy list of local lodging numbers:

Guest House Motel: 406-775-6337

Midway Motel: 406-775-6619

Beer Gulch Inn: 406-775-6258

DJ RV Park: 406-775-6753

 

Camping options include:

Medicine Rocks State Park is located north of Ekalaka MT at 1141 Highway 7.  The 330-acre park has an elevation of 3,379 feet and LatLong coordinates of 46.04550, -104.45839. Weathering of the park’s soft sandstone rock formations provide a unique landscape filled with meaning and serenity. Visitors can witness thousands of inscriptions on the sandstone pillars dating back centuries.

Non-residents are required to pay a $6.00 day use fee (not applicable if a camping fee is paid).  Out-of-state residents can purchase a Non-Resident Entrance Pass which allows free entrance on an unlimited number of visits and discounted camping fees for a year. A pass costs $35 per vehicle. The State Park Entrance Pass is valid for one year from month of issue, and are available for purchase through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Online Licensing Service or at many state parks and any FWP office.

There are 12 campsites available only on a first come, first served basis.  Under primitive park regulations, residents are not required to pay a camping fee; the non-resident camping fee is $28.00 per night.  All campsites are “dry” camping with no hookups; modern vault latrines are available throughout the park and water is available at the park entrance where fees may be paid.

For more information, call 406-377-6256 or by email at makoshika@mt.gov

8th Annual Dino Shindig

Event Phone: 4067756886

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  • Virtual Shindig
    July 25, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Field Expedition
    July 26, 2020
    8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Talks & Kids Activities
    July 25, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Named Montana’s Event of the Year by the Office of Tourism and Business Development, the Annual Dino Shindig takes place at the end of July. Visitors travel from all over the world to hear lectures from leading paleontologists, partake in kids activities, and dance the night away. Sign up for the field expedition to join in the second day of the event, where you can travel to one of our active fossil sites and excavate real fossils. Some discoveries even end up on display in our museum!

Members of the 2019 Shindig field expedition.

 

The Eighth Annual Shindig is July 25-26, 2020!

This year, the Carter County Museum is hosting a hybrid version of the Annual Dino Shindig. The museum is working closely with Carter County Public Health and following state and national guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff, community and visitors. Paleo enthusiasts of all ages can choose to attend the Dino Shindig online by signing up for the Virtual Shindig.

How is the Virtual Shindig different? It is designed to unite us all, wherever we are, in a day of interactive paleo fun and learning. This means more engagement with our speakers, special guided at home activities, and access to exclusive enhanced content through a private Facebook Group (available upon registration).

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates about the in-person version of the Shindig as we get closer to the event. The 2020 field expedition is sold out. If you are registered for the Field Expedition and have not received an email, please sent a note to jhall@cartercountymuseum.org.

In the meantime, watch this video by Silver City Productions, LLC for highlights from the 2017 Shindig!

Video URL: https://vimeo.com/235059911

 

Plan Your Visit:

As you get ready for the Shindig, here’s a handy list of local lodging numbers:

Guest House Motel: 406-775-6337

Midway Motel: 406-775-6619

Beer Gulch Inn: 406-775-6258

DJ RV Park: 406-775-6753

 

Camping options include:

Medicine Rocks State Park is located north of Ekalaka MT at 1141 Highway 7.  The 330-acre park has an elevation of 3,379 feet and LatLong coordinates of 46.04550, -104.45839. Weathering of the park’s soft sandstone rock formations provide a unique landscape filled with meaning and serenity. Visitors can witness thousands of inscriptions on the sandstone pillars dating back centuries.

Non-residents are required to pay a $6.00 day use fee (not applicable if a camping fee is paid).  Out-of-state residents can purchase a Non-Resident Entrance Pass which allows free entrance on an unlimited number of visits and discounted camping fees for a year. A pass costs $35 per vehicle. The State Park Entrance Pass is valid for one year from month of issue, and are available for purchase through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Online Licensing Service or at many state parks and any FWP office.

There are 12 campsites available.  Campsites are not reservable and available only on a first come, first served basis.  Under primitive park regulations, residents are not required to pay a camping fee; the non-resident camping fee is $28.00 per night.  All campsites are “dry” camping with no hookups; modern vault latrines are available throughout the park and water is available at the park entrance where fees may be paid.

For more information, call 406-377-6256 or by email at makoshika@mt.gov

Saving Our Stars: Montana’s Disappearing Night Sky

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  • Saving Our Stars
    June 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Before becoming Montana’s favorite artist, young Charlie Russell was a nighthawk — working on horseback beneath star-filled skies to keep the herd together while the other cowboys slept. Arriving in Montana the same year as electric lighting, Russell witnessed the last days of the big open across Montana’s prairies and plains, and he painted our nostalgia for Montana as it used to be. A century later, photographer John Ashley cut Russell’s trail along the shores of Lake McDonald. And for the past 30 years Ashley has shared Russell’s nostalgic nighthawk tendencies, riding around Montana and rounding up some of the elusive beauty that can still be found in our darkest skies — comets, shooting stars, northern lights, the Milky Way and much more. Join John for a dazzling video and photographic tour of Montana at night, and learn how we can protect Montana’s cultural heritage while saving money on safer night time lighting.

Event is free and open to the public. Teachers who attend can earn two hours of renewal units from Montana’s Office of Public Instruction through Carter County Museum!

About John Ashley: John Ashley is a Montana photographer, biologist, author and educator. His recent book, “Glacier National Park After Dark,” won the High Plains Book Award for medicine and science. As an award-winning journalist in Montana and Florida, John has photographed presidents and homeless people, Space Shuttle launches and airplane crashes, beauty queens and murder suspects. John also works as a field biologist for Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service. He has helped to conserve Montana’s bald eagles, harlequin ducks and black-footed ferrets, and California’s condors. He lives at the end of the road near Kila, about an hour west of Glacier, with his wife Tracy and their two rescue herding dogs, Magpie and Takoda.

Star Parties – MacNab Pond

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  • MacNab Star Party - May 31
    May 31, 2019
    9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Join the Carter County Museum staff for a Star Party at MacNab Pond! The parties will be May 31 and August 30, 2019 from 9-12 p.m. Free and open to the public, come and go as you please.

9 pm: An hour of programming including craters, auroras, UV experiments, telescopes (guest are encouraged to also bring their own), and a presentation of deep space objects in the night sky.

10 pm: Sky Watch Live- an hour and a half interpretive and interactive constellation and star presentation of Montana’s night sky.

11:30 pm: a half hour more of programming as listed above.

Summer Star Parties – Medicine Rocks State Park

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  • Star Party MRSP - May 23
    May 23, 2019
    9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
  • Star Party MRSP - Aug. 29
    August 29, 2019
    9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Join the Carter County Museum staff for a Star Party at Medicine Rocks State Park! The parties will be May 23 and August 29, 2019 from 9-12 p.m. Free and open to the public, come and go as you please. Camping is available at Medicine Rocks as well: http://stateparks.mt.gov/medicine-rocks/.

9 pm: An hour of programming including craters, auroras, UV experiments, telescopes (guest are encouraged to also bring their own), and a presentation of deep space objects in the night sky.

10 pm: Sky Watch Live- an hour and a half interpretive and interactive constellation and star presentation of Montana’s night sky.

11:30 pm: a half hour more of programming as listed above.

MOHP Community Conversation – Ekalaka

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  • Community Conversation - Ekalaka
    May 15, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project is coming to Ekalaka, our host MOHP Ambassador Sabre Moore would like to personally invite and encourage your participation in a community conversation about conserving our outdoor way of life and public lands heritage-the challenges, the opportunities, and the future.

The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project is a collaboration of Montana citizens, small businesses, conservation and recreation groups, and local communities interested in conserving, maintaining, and investing in our water, wildlife, working lands, and shared outdoor way of life.

The goal is to hear from Montanans from all walks of life, we want to hear from you about solutions and strategies that might help MT invest resources in our outdoor heritage. Your participation in this process is a critical step towards protecting our outdoor heritage and way of life for the next generation.

The Ekalaka conversation will take place on Wednesday, May 15th at the Carter County Museum, 306 Main St, Ekalaka from 6pm-8pm.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Karrie Kahle at karrie@montanaheritageproject.com

For more information on this program, visit this website: https://montanaheritageproject.com/project/

Mother’s Day Weekend Shadow Box Class

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  • Shadowbox Craft Class
    May 11, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This is a great project that allows you to be creative with or for Mom this Mother’s Day weekend! We’ll provide a variety of materials for you to create your own unique shadow boxes, but we also encourage you to bring your own trinkets, ephemera and family photos to personalize your creation.

This is a fun activity for all ages and skill levels, so kids, bring your moms, and Moms, bring your kids (or, come solo and celebrate all the great mamas in Ekalaka)!

*Please call ahead to reserve your spot so we can make sure we have enough materials for all attending! 406-775-6886

Annual Dino Shindig

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  • Talks & Activities
    July 27, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Field Expedition
    Includes admission for one to the full day July 28 field expedition, including lunch and transportation. Admission to talks and activities on July 27 is included as well.
    July 28, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Named Montana’s Event of the Year by the Office of Tourism and Business Development, the Annual Dino Shindig takes place at the end of July. Visitors travel from all over the world to hear lectures from leading paleontologists, partake in kids activities, and dance the night away. Sign up for the field expedition to join in the second day of the event, where you can travel to one of our active fossil sites and excavate real fossils. Some discoveries even end up on display in our museum!

 

The Seventh Annual Shindig is July 27-28, 2019!

Save the date and stay tuned for updates!

In the meantime, watch this video by Silver City Productions, LLC for highlights from the 2017 Shindig!

Video URL: https://vimeo.com/235059911

 

Plan Your Visit:

As you get ready for the Shindig, here’s a handy list of local lodging numbers:

Guest House Motel: 406-775-6337

Midway Motel: 406-775-6619

Beer Gulch Inn: 406-775-6258

DJ RV Park: 406-775-6753

 

Camping options include:

Medicine Rocks State Park is located north of Ekalaka MT at 1141 Highway 7.  The 330-acre park has an elevation of 3,379 feet and LatLong coordinates of 46.04550, -104.45839. Weathering of the park’s soft sandstone rock formations provide a unique landscape filled with meaning and serenity. Visitors can witness thousands of inscriptions on the sandstone pillars dating back centuries.

Non-residents are required to pay a $6.00 day use fee (not applicable if a camping fee is paid).  Out-of-state residents can purchase a Non-Resident Entrance Pass which allows free entrance on an unlimited number of visits and discounted camping fees for a year. A pass costs $35 per vehicle. The State Park Entrance Pass is valid for one year from month of issue, and are available for purchase through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Online Licensing Service or at many state parks and any FWP office.

There are 12 campsites available.  Campsites are not reservable and available only on a first come, first served basis.  Under primitive park regulations, residents are not required to pay a camping fee; the non-resident camping fee is $28.00 per night.  All campsites are “dry” camping with no hookups; modern vault latrines are available throughout the park and water is available at the park entrance where fees may be paid.

For more information, call 406-377-6256 or by email at makoshika@mt.gov