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The world's largest mammoth research facility located in Hot Springs, South Dakota is a working pale ontological site/museum that contains the largest concentration of Colombian and woolly mammoths ever found in their primary context (where they died). To date 61 mammoths (58 Colombian and 3 woolly) have been discovered as well as 85 other species of animals, plants, and several unidentified insects. Paid admission to the Mammoth Site is required for ages 4 and older. Admission includes a 30 minute guided tour around the bone bed. Visitors may also roam through the Exhibit Hall and view the Laboratory where the fossils are prepared and admission to the 3D theater. For an additional fee, visitors (ages 4 and older) can participate in Ice-Age hands on educational programs June 1-Aug 15. Educational programs include: Junior Paleontologist Excavations designed for ages 4-12 allows children to become a Junior Paleontologist while they dig for fossil replicas. 9 am-10 am Jr. Paleo 10 am-11 am Jr. Paleo 12 pm-1 pm Jr. Paleo 1 pm-2 pm Jr. Paleo 2 pm-3 pm Jr. Paleo 3 pm-5 pm Open 10 am-11am Jr. Paleo 12 pm-1 pm Jr. Paleo 1 pm-2 pm Jr. Paleo| A guardian must accompany children and is required to purchase admission to the Mammoth Site. Advanced Paleontological Excavation is for ages 10 and older and allows 16 participants to learn proper excavation techniques, bone identification and how to map and jacket a bone. Guardian is required to stay with participants 16 yrs. and younger. The Mammoth Site is Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, & Christmas. Hours: November 1 - February 28 Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Last Tour at 2:30 p.m. Sunday Only 11:00 am - 3:30 p.m. Last Tour at 2:30 p.m. March 1 - May 14 Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Last Tour at 4:00 p.m. May 15 – August 15 Open Daily 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Last Tour at 7:00 p.m. August 16 – August 31 Open Daily 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Last Tour at 5:00 p.m. September 1 – October 31 Open Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Last Tour at 4:00 p.m.