The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is host to many ongoing research projects; including natural resources, paleontology, and cultural heritage conservation. If you would like visit the monument with the intent of doing research within its boundaries, please review the information below.
Thomas Condon Paleontology Center houses comprehensive and contemporary facilities that offer scholars, educators, and scientists the resources needed to conduct research within the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center offers a variety of services to support and facilitate research including:
Digitial Museum Collections
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument's online catalog of collections is available for public view. There are currently over 100,000 items in collections. Please look through this portion of the Digital Museum Collections website to see if there are any paleontological or historical resources that are of interest for study.
Paleontology Collections and Museum Access Policy
Access to the museum collection and laboratory areas is restricted to individuals that have requested access in advance and have a legitimate curatorial or professional reason to be in the Collections Room, Accession Room, and the Paleontology Lab. Visiting researcher’s access must be requested in writing, approved, and scheduled at least three weeks in advance by a curatorial staff member at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This will allow for adequate proposal review and to facilitate scheduling by the curatorial staff.
Review the Collections Access Policy for the monument's access policies and practices.
Accessing Museum Collections & Historic Documents
Complete the Preliminary Application for Museum Collections and Historic Document Form for access to museum collections and historic documents. Once the document has been filled out, please either send it via e-mail or fax (links below).
Visiting researchers wishing to conduct a study that involves fieldwork, specimen collection and/or has the potential to disturb resources or visitors within park boundaries must also apply through the National Park Service’s Research Permit and Reporting System, https://irma.nps.gov/rprs/Home. This includes paleontology, geology, history/culture, modern plants, animals, air, water, soundscapes, etc.
Contact Paleontology Staff
E-mail the Research Coordinator
There is no researcher housing available within the John Day Fossil Beds, but there are offsite opportunities that can be utilized. The closest town to Thomas Condon Paleontology Center is Dayville, Oregon (nine miles). Please visit the Lodging and Camping pages to learn more about offsite housing.
Last updated: December 29, 2017