The Mid-Columbia Basin Old Natural Education Sciences (MCBONES) Research Center Foundation provides local K-12 teachers and their students an opportunity to actively participate in laboratory and field-based research in paleontology, geology, paleoecology, and other natural sciences primarily within the Mid-Columbia Region of southeast Washington State.

The keystone of the foundation’s work is the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site.


MCBONES has also presided over the excavation and research of three other mammoth finds:
- the Fourmile Canyon Tusk (2013);
- the Webber Canyon - Jones Mammoth (2014); and
- the Frenchman Hills - Tonnemaker Mammoth Site (ongoing).

The MCBONES Research Center Foundation is the product of a synergistic public-private-academic collaboration between local businesses, institutions, organizations, private individuals, and schools.

The foundation is a Washington State non-profit corporation established in September 2008, and is registered with the Washington Secretary of State’s Charities Program.

In September 2011, the MCBONES Research Center Foundation was granted tax exempt status as a public charity – exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Employer Identification Number: 26-3474017).

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Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site subject of Northwest Public Television Documentary

Northwest Public Television aired a 3-part documentary about the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site in March and April, 2015. Each episode can be found on the Northwest Public Television website:

The series looks at how CCMS began and what has transpired over the past few years in the operation of the site. The documentary explores what techniques are being used at the site and what is being discovered by the corps of citizen scientists working there. The series was shot during the six month, 2014 dig season. Check out the videos to learn more about our favorite local mammoth!

See the Glossary page for information to know while watching the shows!

MCBONES Intership Program