Coyote Canyon Mammoth Tours Are Back!

After the recent pandemic experience, we are excited to resume our work and share it with the public. However, as our staff is all volunteer, most of them are senior citizens and Covid-19 continues to evolve into variant strains, we have some new expectations.
- Please Note -
ALL 2021 PUBLIC TOURS ARE FULL. Thank you for your interest!
2022 Public Tours registration will begin in early 2022.

Please visit the
tour page on our website and fill out a tour request form for Group or School tours.

There is no charge for tours, but preregistration is required and donations are accepted.

We opened for workers at the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site on June 12, 2021.

Our crew is all vaccinated, but we will still begin with distancing and masks.

Read the
MCBONES Covid-19 Restart Plan.

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 (CCMS).


Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site Facebook Page

A video of the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site (a Mark Harper production) can be accessed by clicking here or clicking on the image below (will open in a new Youtube window).


Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site is featured in the May 05, 2019 Tri-City Herald digital edition.

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).

Another research site that MCBONES is presiding over is the Coyote Canyon South Hill-Mauldin Site on the same property as the mammoth site (2011-present).

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).

Use this link to make a donation.

MCBONES Intership Program