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Event Series Event Series: Can You Dig It?

Can You Dig It?

July 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

History detectives, artefact hunters, and curious minds (ages 8 to 11) are invited to join our excavation team at Billings Estate National Historic Site. Inspired by Canada’s first paleontologist, Elkanah Billings, we will be digging for artefacts, identifying our mysterious finds, and learning research methods still used by scientists today.

Thursdays, July 4 to August 22 from 10:30 am to 12 pm
Ages 8 to 11
Cost: $7.35 per child. Advance registration is required:

To register, visit Register Ottawa ( and search for the program using the activity codes listed below.

July 4 (74760) or August 1 (74764) – Archaeology
Tour the museum and learn about the Billings family’s connections to archeology. Head to the dig site and practice survey mapping, excavating, and piecing together the artefacts you uncover.

July 11 (74761) or August 8 (74766) – Geology
Learn about Elkanah Billings, the first paleontologist at the Geological Survey of Canada. Try your hand at excavating and identifying geological samples.

July 18 (74762) or August 15 (74767) – Paleontology
Explore how scientists work with the fossils of plants and animals. Work together to carefully excavate and piece together your discoveries.

July 25 (74763) or August 22 (74768) – Beyond the pit
Put your storytelling skills to the test! Using items you and your team have excavated, create a display for the museum that best present the history of the site and your dig.

– The primary language of delivery for this program is English.
– This is a drop-off program. Parental participation is not required.
– Activities take place outdoors. Please dress your child for weather conditions and in clothing and shoes you are comfortable with getting dirty. A hat, sunscreen, and bug spray are recommended, as well as packing water and a snack.
– Sessions with insufficient registration may be cancelled. If the session cannot be rescheduled, a refund will be issued.
– If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact the museum at 613-580-2088 or by email at Additional information about accessibility can be found on the museum webpage:


July 11
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Billings Estate National Historic Site
2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K1 Canada
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Billings Estate National Historic Site
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