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With our abundance of dinosaur bearing sediments, Alberta has a special position in the study and preservation of this unique and valuable palaeontological resource.

Significant funding is required to prospect, study and excavate this resource before the volumes of sediment are eroded and the fossils are exposed to weathering and destruction. Young scientists who have embarked on this fascinating profession need financial support for their research.

In 1996, a group of enthusiastic Albertans established the Dinosaur Research Institute (DRI). It was registered as a charity in 1997.

DRIs purpose is to coordinate, facilitate, support, direct and fund dinosaur and palaeontological research in Canada or with Canadian paleo scientists at important sites worldwide. In addition, graduate students are supported in paleo projects.

Since its incorporation, the DRI has funded a variety of research projects including:

bullet Multi year funding contribution to excavation of the important Albertosaurus bonebed at Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park. In excess of 22 individual Albertosaurus have been identified at this site.
bullet Partial support of the GPS locating and staking of the quarries in Dinosaur Provincial Park.
bullet Funding of technicians to prepare Mongolian dinosaur specimens. The prepared specimens are studied for comparisons with Alberta species.
bullet Supported the preparation and study of feathered dinosaurs from China.
bullet Supported students.    

The DRI encourages you to support this important research. Donations and sponsorships are tax deductible and can be directed to specific projects or contributed to the projects selected each year.
Click here to make a charitable donation to the DRI.

Contact us for more information or to provide support and/or volunteer your time.

Dinosaur Research Institute
P.O. Box 6353   Stn. D
Calgary, AB. Canada
T2P 2C9


Dinotour 2025  Southern Alberta

July 4 to 7, 2025 

Save this date!  Friday July 4 to Monday July 7, 2025 join Dr. Philip J. Currie and Dr. Eva Koppelhus (University of Alberta) on Dinotour 2025 to experience the dinosaurs of southern Alberta.  We are planning to tour sites north of Drumheller,  the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology near Drumheller, Alberta and Dinosaur Provincial Park near Brooks, Alberta.

To be e-mailed the latest details, contact Mona Trick at dinotour@DinosaurResearch.com 
or cell 587-578-4579.

Stay tuned to this website for more details.

Registration will begin in October, 2024.


Fundraising Dinner 

DRI will be holding its next annual fundraising dinner on  October 26, 2024.  It will be held at the Earl Grey Golf Club at 6540 - 20 Street SW, Calgary.


We will host 150 guests for a sit-down dinner, silent auction, displays and presentations by students and palaeontologists


Individual tickets are $200.00 per person and a tax receipt will be provided for a significant portion of the ticket price. For more information or tickets, please contact us.



Some Artwork donated by Michael Skrepnick

This page last modified on... May 20, 2024



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