• Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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    Due to bear activity at Bryce Canyon's back-country, the following campsite has been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek


Main geodetective image depicting two dinosaurs studying the geoology of Bryce Canyon

The GEODETECTIVE program is here to assist you in teaching earth history and physical earth science. All activities are written to encourage deductive and inductive reasoning through hands-on discovery learning. National Park Service resources are used to reinforce learning.

There are 6 units.

Each unit has multiple activity plans which include:

  • background information
  • objectives
  • goals
  • instructional procedures
  • vocabulary
  • suggested discussion questions
  • helpful images and photos
  • other webpage links
  • fun
Professor Allister, peering through a magnifying glass looking at a model of the earth.

Professor Allister Holmes McFragilis leads a group of creatures which will guide students toward additional resources which will support each unit.

Students can become official GEODETECTIVE members and receive a member patch.

Activities meet National Science Standards set by the U.S. Department of Education and the Science Core Curriculum of Utah.

The GEODETECTIVE program is supported by Bryce Canyon Natural History Association, National Park Foundation, and the Geologic Society of America.


Discovery Chests are available for five of the units. These chests have materials which support GEODETECTIVE activities.

Did You Know?

night sky over north american, central america and a northern portion of the south american continents

Stargazers have been coming to Bryce Canyon for centuries. The first "formal" star gazing programs began in 1969. Read "A Brief History..." by clicking the "more" link below. More...