• View from the Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Jeff Kochevar


    National Monument Colorado

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6th grade

Sixth Grade Programs
Example Field Trip Schedule
*Actual schedules will depend upon the number of students, ranger availability, time available for the field trip, and length of programs chosen.

Watch videos of flash floods in the Monument!


Ranger Programs

Hike in No Thoroughfare Canyon and two Activity Stations
Fall or Spring Theme

Fall Theme
Exploring the Evidence (Constructive and Destructive Earth's Processes)
On a ranger-guided hike, students will identify the evidence of the geological processes (rock cycle, weathering and erosion, flash floods) that shape the canyon. Science 3.1

Station: Masters of Models
Students will model mountain building, stream erosion and flash floods using sandboxes. Science 3.1

Station: Rockin' Around
During this teacher-led journaling time, students will compare and contrast samples of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock types. Science 3.1

Spring Theme:
Walking through the Water Cycle (Water Cycle and Ecosystems)
On a ranger-guided hike to a seasonal pool, students will investigate the effects of the water cycle. Science 3.2

Station: Desert Dwellers
Through interactive, ranger-led activities, students will investigate ecosystems and how organisms interact with the environment. Science 2.1, 2.2

Station: Balancing Biodiversity During this teacher-led journaling time, students will reflect on how changes in an environment can effect ecosystems and biodiversity. Science 2.1, 2.2


Did You Know?

Golden eagle

When desperate, golden eagles can take down animals as large as bighorn sheep or mule deer. Golden eagles can be seen in and around Colorado National Monument. More...