• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Ranger Guided

Introduction

Taking your class on a field trip to Florissant Fossil Beds can greatly enhance the teaching of earth science as well as other subjects.

Scheduling a Field Trip

To arrange a field trip, or for any questions about field trips, please call the Education Coordinator at the Monument at (719) 748-3253.

Background Information

Please look at our teacher orientation packet and make sure that you pass on important information to your class and chaperones.

Pre and Post Trip Materials

A variety of on-line activities are available to download and work great for pre and/or post trip activities.

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Field Trip Activities: The following is a list of possible activities on your field trip. The activities that your class will participate in depends upon your needs, the staffing levels at the Monument, the number of students you have, and the time you have for your field trip.

Orientation Activity: Either a game or ranger talk to introduce students to the basic geologic story of the area. (30 minutes)

Petrified Forest Hike: This is a 1.5 hour, 1 mile hike past petrified tree stumps, an historic excavation

Hornbek Homestead: Tour an 1878 historic homestead.

Visitor Center: See fossil displays and geologic exhibits.

Florissant Fossil Quarry: Some groups that visit the Monument also opt to go to a nearby, privately owned quarry where students can dig for fossils.

Did You Know?

FLFO sign

More than 220 national park units preserve fossils! However, only 9 units were specifically set aside to protect fossils and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is one of those!