• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

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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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Prodryas persephone was the first fossil butterfly found in North America. This specimen was discovered by the homesteader Charlotte Hill and is now housed at Harvard University. This image is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.To learn More...