Welcome to Utah Friends of Paleontology

Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) is a statewide non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to preserving Utah’s fossil resources through public education and volunteer work with sponsoring institutions.


Certification classes train UFOP members to assist paleontologists in a variety of ways. As a trained volunteer, you can participate in museum-sponsored digs, specimen preparation projects, and public outreach programs. Partnering museums and research agencies offer  training in field work and fossil preparation.

There are Four
UFOP Chapters

Great Basin Chapter, Salt Lake City

Uinta Basin Chapter, Vernal

Gastonia Chapter, Moab

Southwest Chapter, St. George

Each chapter holds regular meetings. These meetings include talks by professional paleontologists and post-graduate students of paleontology. Talk topics feature current research and projects in paleontology and geology.

Annual dues are $20.00 for families, $15.00 for individuals, and $10.00 for students.

You are always welcome at any of our chapter meetings. Visit the Events page and the page for your chapter for more information.

What We Offer


Our annual meeting includes presentations by professionals, undergraduate, graduate students and avocational paleontologists on their research on current topics. It also includes an awards dinner and guest speaker. And a day long field trip is part of the fun.


As part of our mission to promote interest in paleontology we hold monthly chapter meetings except during the field season months. These meetings feature talks on current topics in paleontology. The public is always welcome at our chapter meetings.


Indulge your fascination
with fossils –
Join UFOP!

Individual chapters provide educational meetings, field trips, and opportunities to participate in volunteer work, including laboratory preparation of fossils, field surveys and excavation projects, and educational programs for UFOP’s professional advisors and other paleontological researchers at the sponsoring institutions of UFOP’s statewide chapters.