Online College Curriculum
Introduction to the Online Curriculum
The Online College Curriculum was created to give students and teachers a pre-field-trip exercise that provides an insight into the history and science of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument before your visit. It may also be used independently for an introduction to concepts like leaf-margin analysis, geologic mapping, and how to use the park's paleontology database. Although designed for introductory college classes, this curriculum may also be appropriate for some upper level high school earth science students.
To the Instructor
Each unit contains information about the geology or paleontology of the Monument, followed by a quiz and/or exercise designed to test students' grasp of the information given. Please feel free to create your own tests from the material provided. To obtain answer keys and ask any questions about how to use this website for your class, please contact the park.
To the Student
The curriculum can be navigated by using the bar at the top of each page. Please begin by following the link at the bottom of the page. You may also navigate by using the side bar navigation. We hope you have fun gaining a better understanding of the geology and paleontology of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
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Did You Know?
Most fossils in the monument are from the late Eocene (34.07 million years ago), but a tooth and jaw fragment from a much younger mammoth have also been found. The fossils are from the Pleistocene Epoch and are at least 50,000 years old.