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Discover Miocene Epoch fossils found in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Agate's great bonebed reveals one or more death events of a rhino that once roamed North America. Other strange beasts, long extinct, include animals from the chalicothere and entelodont families.

Learn of a friendship between rancher James Cook and Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota that resulted in the James Cook Collection of American Indian artifacts.

Explore the mixed-grass prairie and Niobrara River on two trails.


Guided hike on Fossil Hills trail.

Field Trip--Ranger programs and guided hikes

Indoor programs and guided hikes about Miocene mammal fossils, historic excavations, High Plains Indian culture and artifacts, and ranching.

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Ranger visits classroom and presents talk.

Guest speakers

Ranger visits classroom and presents talks about fossils or American Indians with the help of props, photos and/or slides.

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Ranger videoing a program.

Distance learning

Live chats with a ranger on topics ranging from fossil exhibits, to excavations, to American Indian collections and question and answer sessions.

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Daeodon in Agate Fossil Beds diorama

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans include a downloadable Power Point and script for teachers to use in the classroom.

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