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.
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.
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?
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.